DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IN RIVERSTONE
Written on the 5 August 2016 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today launched an innovative digital inclusion project which will help people with disability access technology.
The Leep in Network, delivered by Leep, will help people with disability develop their digital skills so they can benefit from using the internet and participate in our digital society.
"Sadly, at present people with disability are over-represented when it comes to not being able to access or use the internet," Mr Conolly said.
"Given just how digitally connected our community and economy is nowadays, it is vital people with disability have the ability and means to access technology."
"The NSW Government is determined to make NSW the 'State of Inclusion'. That includes doing even more to make our community more digital inclusive for people with disability," Mr Ajaka said.
The Leep in Network will link people with disability with providers of training and support, and feature partner organisations on an online searchable database so that people with disability can find a program that suits them to develop their digital skills.
Programs offered will include one-on-one support, group classes, short-term courses, digital mentoring, access to computers and free Wi-Fi.
The NSW Government has contributed $45,000 towards the program. The Leep in Network complements the NSW Government's NSW Disability Inclusion Plan and Disability Inclusion Act.
Leep has been operating an online information network for community organisations in Western Sydney since 1998.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.leepin.ngo, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (02) 4721 1866
Author: Kevin Conolly
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