26 September 2023

New app to stand up with disability advice

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) has proudly launched South Australia’s inclusive smartphone app Pavely in collaboration with the Department for Innovation and Skills, Department of Treasury and Finance, and Go2Gov program start-up The Moonshine Lab.

In a statement, DHS said Pavely was a first-of-its-kind smartphone app, which provided a directory of venues and facilities across the State and allowed users to find, rate and review their experiences based on accessibility and overall inclusiveness.

“The app is an initiative of the State’s Disability and Inclusion Plan — Inclusive SA — and aims to drive greater community inclusion for the 300,000 people living with disability in South Australia,” the Department said.

“The Go2Gov program connects start-ups like The Moonshine Lab with State Government Agencies who need innovative solutions to address complex human problems,” it said.

Pavely is a great example of how technology can be leveraged in life-changing ways, influencing inclusion, independence and empowerment for community members.”

DHS said Pavely advisory board members contributed their lived experiences to help shape the functionality of the app and optimise its usability and accessibility.

“People with disability who have trialled the app agree that Pavely will be life-changing,” it said.

“The time saved planning outings will enable greater spontaneity and potential to explore new places.”

DHS said Pavely users could save and rate the places they loved and share their knowledge and experiences with their fellow community members through peer reviews.

“This app also serves to increase the awareness and understanding of accessibility needs within the business community and businesses can promote their inclusive venues and services in the app,” it said.

The Pavely app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, and further information can be accessed at this PS News link.

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