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Vision Australia

Vision Australia provides blindness and low vision services. They work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

In 2004 Australia's first national blindness agency, Vision Australia was formed following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS).

Vision Australia aims to ensure that the community recognises their capabilities and contributions.

Combining the skills and resources of several blindness organisations to create one national voice, Vision Australia is committed to delivering efficient services that open up possibilities for their community.

Vision Australia's goal is to achieve this through creating a community partnership of knowledge, skills and expertise to enrich the participation in life of people who are blind or have low vision and their families.

It is Vision Australia's partnership that makes them strong. Their community consists of people from all walks of life, with varied interests and experiences. Vision Australia have more than 1,000 staff and 3,700 volunteers who are united by a passion for living their vision.

The four pillars of IPTA underline this culture:

  • information that Vision Australia make accessible to clients
  • problem solving that helps overcome barriers to a full range of life choices
  • training to teach these solutions to the community
  • access, opening the door to new possibilities for their clients – the sum result of all of Vision Australia's activities

These four priorities guide Vision Australia's work - from service delivery and advocacy to governance.

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Last reviewed: March 2018

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Glaucoma | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Glaucoma is a common form of eye disease that often runs in families. It affects the optic nerve connecting the eye to the brain.

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Family, Friends, and Carers | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

There are a number of resources available for family, friends and carers of people with vision loss.

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Retinitis Pigmentosa | Vision Australia.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition that causes cells in the light-sensitive retina, located at the back of the eye, to degenerate slowly and progressively.

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Your rights | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

You have the right to access and fully participate in every part of life you choose. This could be education, employment, or any other part of community life. Your rights are protected by law.How we can support youThe law and Vision Australia are on your side. If youre encountering barriers, including discrimination at work, or refusal of entry to a club or taxi because you are in the company of a Seeing Eye Dog, we can support you.

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Stroke | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is stroke?Stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain is disrupted, cutting off oxygen supply and leading to brain cell death or damage.In some cases, blood vessels spontaneously burst causing a haemorrhage (bleeding).

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Stargadt's Disease | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is Stargardt's disease?Stargardt's disease is a type of macular degeneration that typically surfaces before the age of 20. It causes a progressive loss of central vision of both eyes, but does not affect peripheral vision.

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?This syndrome is characterised by the presence of complex visual hallucinations seen by people who are vision impaired.The hallucinations can involve detailed images of people, buildings or simple patterns of straight lines. This experience can be pleasant but can sometimes cause distress. People who have Charles Bonnet Syndrome are aware that these images are not real but they may worry that it is an early sign of mental illness.

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Family, Friends, and Carers | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

There are a number of resources available for family, friends and carers of people with vision loss.Finding out a person you love has a visual impairment can be as overwhelming and distressing for partners, family and friends as it is for the patient.After the initial shock of why her? you will probably then wonder what can I do?

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Optic Atrophy | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is optic atrophy?Optic Atrophy is the result of degeneration or damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve transports visual information from the eye, to an area of the brain where it is processed.Click below to download the full Accessible Fact Sheets for Optic Atrophy:Accessible Word version (Word, 118KB)- Optic Atrophy

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Getting around safely | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Getting around safely if you are blind or have low vision can be a challenge. It is easy to lose your confidence and have this affect your ability to get around safely.This is why Vision Australia has experts in getting around called orientation and mobility specialists. They highly trained and skilled to help you learn to move about as safely as possible.

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