New online disability network launched

Posted 6 years ago by Andrew Lodiong
Caregiver and mentally disabled woman learning at the computer. (Shutterstock)
Caregiver and mentally disabled woman learning at the computer. (Shutterstock)

A new online social network designed for people with disabilities, their families, friends and carers is now available.

Not-for profit organisation The Benevolent Society and online disability community My Disability Matters have teamed-up to launch the network in an effort to provide an easier access to information and services through the ‘MDM Club’.

Benevolent Society’s executive director of business development Anna Robinson is confident partnering with My Disability Matters was the right move.

“We thought it was appropriate to partner with Dale Reardon (CEO and founder) and My Disability Matters which already has a growing and functioning social network designed for people with disability in order to create our own community,” she explains.

“Dale has all the knowledge and background to make this online community function well.”

The creation of the online disability community will allow people to able to share news, stories and information, talk to specialists, and generally converse with other members.

The Benevolent Society has become the largest provider of disability services in NSW and across Australia and as such is committed to assisting all clients and providing help and support for clients with disabilities transitioning to NDIS.

Specialists from the organisation  will be able to respond quickly to any questions, provide services in a responsive way when they’re requested, and listen to and discuss clients’ opinions.

“Through it, we’ll be able to engage directly with our clients with disability, share information with them, and provide content and any appropriate news about The Benevolent Society,” Mrs Robinson says.

“In addition to his knowledge, Dale will be providing regular posts.”

Mr Reardon also feels this venture was a great opportunity saying the Benevolent Society are “clearly embracing a new way of operating.”

“The partnership allows me to bring knowledge about running an online community for people with disability and The Benevolent Society to bring their 204 years of helping and supporting Australians and being at the vanguard of change,” he says.

The My Disability Matters Club, open to everyone with an interest in disability, can be found at