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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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Seeing Eye Dogs

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, a division of Vision Australia, is the only national breeder, trainer and supplier of Seeing Eye Dogs

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FAQ about owning a seeing eye dog

Seeing Eye Dogs enable Australians with a vision impairment to retain their independence and mobility

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Seeing Eye Dog etiquette

When you meet a Seeing Eye Dog, it is important to remember that these dogs are working and should not be distracted

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Caring for patients who are blind or have low vision

People who are blind or have low vision have special needs for interpreting their environment. By following simple guidelines you can help make their hospital stay as easy and as comfortable as possible.

Read more on Vision Australia website

Learn more about common eye conditions

Understanding the most common types of vision loss This section provides information about the most common eye conditions that cause blindness and low vision

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Print accessibility services

Welcome to the print accessibility service at Vision Australia

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Albinism | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Albinism is an inherited condition. It affects the eyes and skin of some individuals, and only the eyes of others. It results from the body's inability to produce normal amounts of a pigment called melanin.

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Shopping | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

You can access three types of shopping assistance. Vision Australia can provide guidance on which of these might suit you best.Store-based shopping assistanceSupermarket shoppingPeople who have used shopping assistance from their local supermarket recommend building a relationship with your local store. Some supermarkets such as Coles and Safeway advertise that they offer in-store assistance. Other chains may also offer assistance.

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Newly diagnosed | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

If you have recently been diagnosed with a vision impairment you probably have a lot of questions and concerns.You may be feeling overwhelmed by the diagnosis and are not sure what kinds of questions to ask. You can contact us to ask questions or to make a referral.

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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.You can work with them to assess your needs and where you would like to go to make sure any potential risks are identified and reduced.

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