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mobility and assistive technology Feeling safer After having a fall last year, Theresa decided she needed more support at home. “I was concerned that if I hadn’t said having MePACS with her at home had my phone with me, I allows her to feel safe and secure. wouldn’t have been able to “I am thankful to have MePACS; I ring for help,” said Theresa (pictured), feel reassured that they are here with who has Friedreich’s Ataxia and lives me anytime I might need emergency independently in her own home. help,” she said. The incident encouraged Theresa “My family is also happy that I have to take up the MePACS 24/7 response the support of MePACS, as they used service, to give her assistance she can to worry a lot; it’s given them peace of rely on anytime – day or night. mind too.” “I now feel safer that I have MePACS,” Theresa said. Maintaining her independence is extremely important to Theresa, who A personal alarm response service by real people, MePACS is an NDIS approved supplier offering alarms for both at home and on-the-go. To find out more about MePACS, call 1800 685 329, or visit the website: www.mepacs.com.au/ndis Purpose of the Dragon Brisbane man Phillip Moon explored assistive technology with the aim of finding something that worked for him. He credits Nuance Dragon with helping him maintain connectedness and purpose. T yping had always been recognition to the PC and allows hobbies, but as his arthritis people to simply talk to create and vision deteriorated, he found typing simply became too difficult. “I didn’t want to stop typing and content and command a computer. “All of my correspondence is created using Dragon and I also using the computer; it had become use it to write and send emails. If I my way of communicating with friends need to research something on the and family, and staying connected internet I can do this using Dragon with the world,” Phillip (pictured) said. and it also works with Facebook,” “Losing the ability to type would have been devastating for me, so I searched the internet and discovered Nuance’s Dragon.” linkonline.com.au Nuance Dragon brings voice part of Phillip’s work and Phillip said. “It’s just marvellous and I can do all this without lifting a finger to type.” www.nuance.com/dragon mobility and assistive technology 43