I WRITE on behalf of Able Australia – the not-for-profit organisation helping people who face the huge challenge of deafblindness – to ask readers to kindly support a new campaign. There are 288,000 Australians who have sight and hearing impairments. They live in a highly complex silent world which presents massive challenges. It is estimated that by 2050, over one million Australians will be deafblind. It’s a big issue in the community. Whether you live in a metropolitan or regional area, there is not enough help for people facing this condition … and we need to see more support for them. There are two initiatives readers can help with. In both cases these are simple and effective ways that readers in your local area can help deafblind people with. Firstly, if you have an old smartphone (and charger), you can donate that device to Able Australia, which we will pass on to the many deafblind people we support. By using the Bluetooth connectivity of the device and then connecting the device to a Braille reader, these people can independently connect to family, friends, colleagues and the wider community around them. You can’t imagine how powerful that gift is. It’s so simple and so effective. All the details about how you can help are on the Able Australia website. Readers should simply go to www.ableaustralia.org.au to find out how they can help. In addition, we are asking people to consider holding a ‘deafblind’ morning tea on Friday, June 26 to help raise awareness of deafblindness and have a little fun at the same time. It’s as simple as having something in the workplace or at home and taking a minute or two to try communicating with others without speaking. All the information people need to host a deafblind morning tea can be found at ableaustralia.org.au. Olympic gold medallist Duncan Armstrong has kindly thrown his support behind this initiative and is urging people to lend a hand where they can. Kaye Collard CEO, Able Australia.