Donate your old smartphone
Did you know that you can help a person with deafblindness to better communicate with the world around them just by donating your old smartphone*?
As part of Deafblind Awareness Week (20-27 June), Olympic gold medalist, Duncan Armstrong is calling on the community to donate their unwanted smartphones* to Able Australia's Ablelink program.
"I have a son who has a disability. He has been a massive inspiration to me. Anything I can do to get the community to support people in the world of deafblindness I will do. I have seen firsthand the remarkable and passionate work being done by Able Australia," said Duncan.
Almost 300,000 Australians currently experience deafblindness - a number that is expected to exceed one million by 2050. Without access to communication support, people with deafblindness are at risk of social isolation and depression. It is now estimated 9 out of 10 people who are deafblind, experience depression and anxiety.
Through our Ablelink program, we can use unwanted smartphones* to train people with deafblindness in how to use this technology to independently communicate with their family, friends and the community around them. Using Bluetooth technology, smartphones* can be connected to a Braille reader, opening up a whole new world of information for people.
How you can help
As part of Deafblind Awareness Week, we are inviting you to send us your unwanted smartphones* until 31 July.
To donate, simply download the reply paid mailing label here, attach it to an envelope and enclose your unwanted smartphone*. Our project partners, MobileMuster will generously cover the postage costs and their recycling partner TES-AMM Australia will ensure the data is fully wiped. Any donated phones that are found to be unusable will be recycled.
*Ideally iPhone 4 and above, Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, LG Nexus 7 and above and Nokia Lumier 540 and above. Phones should be operational and be in good condition (no cracked screens).
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