ABC website receives over $0.5m in funding

ABC website receives over $0.5m in funding

Ramp Up provides an online community to people with disabilities

An ABC website for people with a disability has received a $557,700 investment from the government.

The Ramp Up website features ABC content, including interviews, stories and videos from ABC News, television and radio.

The government initially provided $557,500 to establish and support the website, with the most recent funding grant to be provided over two years.

Funding will be used to improve the delivery of text-to-speech content and raise the profile of the website through mainstream media.

The website launched in 2010 and is a centre point for discussion on disability issues.

“Ramp Up is a lively online community for people who live with disability, their friends or family members, people who work in the sector or those who want to find out more and have their say,” said Jenny Macklin, minister for disability reform.

“Consultations for the National Disability Strategy identified the need for better information for people with disability, and strategies to reduce social isolation and support community participation."

A new reference group will also be established to engage people with disabilities on implementing the National Disability Strategy, which will be a 10-year strategy to address barriers Australians with disability face to allow them better access to mainstream services and programs, such as healthcare, housing and transport.

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