Woman fights for new wheels 

StaceyJesson is finding it difficult to live in Port Pirie with a disability after four months of waiting to get the wheels on her electric wheelchair replaced.

What began as a simple phone call to let Disability SA know that it needed to be repaired turned into a four month fiasco for Ms Jesson.

The wheelchair bound Ms Jesson who suffers from Post-polio syndrome, 51, rang Disability SA in early February when she noticed her wheels starting to bald.

Ms Jesson said after contacting Disability SA multiple times she still has not received any indication as to when the chair will be fixed.

“I feel forgotten,” Ms Jesson said.

“I’m very independent and it sort of takes that away from me.”

For Ms Jesson it’s important that services are improved in our area.

“I want the service to be better in regional South Australia,” she said.

Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson has made a concerted effort to assist Ms Jesson in any way possible.

“I find it really sad,” Mrs Jackson said.

“Disabled people have enough to deal with without facing hurdles like these.”

Mrs Jackson said statistics at the end of February stated there were 4,000 disabled people in South Australia with unmet needs.

“It would be very interesting to know how many are in regional South Australia,” she said.

Mrs Jackson seemed astonished that it had been over four months without a result.

“Something as simple as new wheels… Seriously?” she said.

Mrs Jackson was puzzled when she placed a call to Disability SA on Ms Jesson’s behalf and was told that a work order had been created but the job had been completed.

She has said she will write to the disability minister Tony Piccolo about Ms Jesson’s case.

“It’s helping to solve issues like this that inspire me to become a local member of parliament,” Mrs Jackson said.

Ms Jesson appeared pleased that Mrs Jackson had given her time to assist her.

Stacey Jesson, left, and Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson.

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