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International Day of People with a Disability

New level of independence marked by International Day of People with a Disability

30 November 2012

This year is the 20th anniversary of International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD). Celebrated this Monday the 3rd December, the day aims to promote the dignity, rights and well-being of people with a disability by highlighting the benefits of their inclusion within the community.

Many assistive technologies are now available to help aid those with a disability to live fulfilling and active lives. Assistive technologies provider, Tunstall Healthcare works closely with community organisations such as Endeavour Foundation to ensure people with a disability have the opportunity to make the choices of an ordinary life.

Health Services Director for Tunstall Healthcare Gary Morgan says, “We are pleased to be partnering in many new and exciting disabilities projects including Endeavour Foundation’s modern accommodation options for people with a disability”

“These new smart houses have recently opened in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, and Gladstone and have been fitted out with Tunstall assistive technologies. A maximum of four people live in each house which ensures greater choice and independence for each individual. Residents are supported by an offsite carer aided by alerts from Tunstall’s emergency response centre,” he said.

According to Leanne Ryan, Customer Operations Manager for Tunstall Healthcare, assistive technologies provide essential support and a sense of independence to many clients and their families.

“Our telecare solutions provide peace of mind not only for the client, but often to their family and carers as well. A Tunstall personal alarm ensures that help is just a button press away should the need arise. All alarm calls are handled with discretion by our operators, who will always listen, reassure and organise the necessary assistance, be it emergency services or a nominated responder,” Mrs Ryan said.

Tunstall has a variety of triggers available including the sip/puff switch, head trigger wand and jelly bean button to support someone with limited movement to raise an alarm call.

For people with unique limitations, Tunstall Healthcare can also create a customised radio trigger ensuring people with special and ongoing needs can maintain their independence.

To find out more about Tunstall’s alarms and radio triggers visit or call 1800 611 528.

About Tunstall
Tunstall Healthcare Group is the market leading provider of telehealthcare solutions, with over 2.5 million users globally. Tunstall’s solutions support older people and those with long-term needs, helping them to live independently by effectively managing their health and well-being. Its solutions have been proven effective in the world’s largest telehealthcare trial (

Tunstall provides technology, expertise and advice to millions of people enabling them to lead independent more fulfilling lives. For more information on how telehealthcare can improve quality of life, visit


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