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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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Dining out | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

There are a number of ways to make dining out easier for people who are blind or have low vision.Where to sit?Request a well-lit table or a table near a window when you make the booking.If you have a dog guide, consider choosing a table away from the main thoroughfares to avoid waiters and patrons stepping on your dog.

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How we help | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

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Other organisations | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Australian Blindness OrganisationsAble Australia (formerly Deafblind Association)Australian Braille AuthorityCentre for Eye Research AustraliaCharles Bonnet Syndrome Foundation

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Accessible equipment | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Vision Australia offers training and advice around various mobility canes, assistive technologies and other devices which help people who are blind or have low vision to successfully navigate the environment and detect potential hazards.

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Children and Young Adults | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

The Vision Australia Library has a variety of resources and services for young people who are blind, have low vision or have a print disability.Membership to the library is free, and you can access books in braille and audio formats. As a Vision Australia library member you can access your reading materials from the i-access online library catalogue.Children and young adult audio booksWe have thousands of children and young adult titles across a range of genres.

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DAISY devices | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

More and more devices are available that enable people who are blind or have low vision to access literature and printed information.New commercial eBook readers are becoming more user friendly for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Feelix Childrens Library | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

At the Vision Australia Feelix Library, children from a young age can enjoy stories with their parents and siblings, and learn about braille.About FeelixReading plays a key role in the learning and development of any child, and Feelix helps children learn and develop in a unique, sensory way to support literacy.Children 0-7 years old who are blind or have low vision can become a member of the Feelix Library.

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Navigating the benefits system | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

The benefits system, such as Centrelink and Department of Human Services,can be complicated, so Vision Australia has created three resources to assist people with blindness or low vision understand and advocate for their rights in the benefits system.Did you know?

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Braille training | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

I thought I was too old to learn Braille, but I really enjoyed the challenge and now I can find any CD I want in my jazz collection.From a client who completed the Grade I Braille CourseWhat is the aim of the trainingThrough direct programs (face-to-face or correspondence), Braille Services aim to facilitate the learning of braill

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NSW Spectacles Program | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

The NSW Spectacles Program provides government funded glasses and vision aids to eligible recipients including seniors, children, people experiencing homelessness, those living in rural and remote areas, people with disability and Aboriginal and multicultural communities.Under Vision Australia's administration, significant improvements have been made to the scheme with a new online application and assessment process. The process streamlines applications and product delivery for optometrists, and reduces waiting times for the delivery of glasses.

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