The aim of the site is to help people with disability get much-needed equipment during times of crisis. IDEAS’ eBility Bushfire Relief website will provide essential resources for Australians with disability who are starting to recover from the bushfires, especially in areas where NDIS support is not available.
The items – such as wheelchairs, walkers and scooters – have been donated or lent out for free. People with disability in bushfire areas can also request wanted items.
IDEAS executive officer Diana Palmer said that the website was a critical resource for people with disability because access to necessary equipment was typically much more difficult during an emergency.“The website is a grassroots initiative to support people with disability to recover from the bushfires and access essential items and equipment that support their needs,” Palmer said.
“By facilitating the community to list items that are readily available, we can fast track access and protect the mobility and dignity of anyone in need.” Palmer said the site’s matching service meant goods can be as close as possible to a person’s needs without the delay and issues that comes with warehousing, manhandling and distribution. “The Ebility website fills a gap, while the NDIA gets its specialist assistance and equipment replacement processes in order,” she said.