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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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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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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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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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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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Adaptive Technology | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Using technologyThere is a wide range of technologies and tools available to assist people who are blind or have low vision.

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Albinism | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is albinism?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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Cortical Vision Impairment | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is cortical visionimpairment?Cortical visionimpairment (CVI) can be either a temporary or a permanent visionimpairment caused by the disturbance of the visual cortex or posterior visual pathways of the brain. The degree of neurological impairment depends upon the time of onset and the location and intensity of the damage. The eyes may function normally but the visual systems of the brain do not consistently understand or interpret what the eyes see.

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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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