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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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Print accessibility services

Welcome to the print accessibility service at Vision Australia

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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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Vision tests | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Getting your vision tested is an important part of your eye health. Optometrists and other eye health professionals can help you identify any changes or problems with your vision and ensure you are getting the support you need. This page summarizes some common vision tests and what they mean.

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Diabetic Retinopathy | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye are damaged as a result of diabetes.

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Queensland NSO school program | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Supporting teachers, students and families in QueenslandEvery child in your school is unique and they interact and learn in their own way.

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Magnifiers | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Magnifiers are used to enlarge the size of images such as print or pictures. They are an essential part of the lives of many low-vision people. With that in mind, it is important that you choose the right magnifier for your individual needs. We have put together some information regarding magnifiers and how we can support you to find the best one for you, as well as breaking down the different types of magnifiers. If you are looking to purchase a magnifier you can find them in our online shop.

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Cataracts | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is a cataract?A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens in the eye and is one of the leading causes of vision impairment. While cataracts most commonly occur in those who are older, they can develop in younger people as well. Some people are born with a cataract.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is age-related macular degeneration?Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in people aged over 40 years in Australia. It is also referred to as AMD or ARMD.

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Technology Guides and Training | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

We can support you to get the most out of your DAISY player through training and guides.Contact the library on 1300 654 656 for assistance or to book a DAISY telephone training session. Face to face training may be possible in certain locations. Please have your DAISY player with you when you call.For queries relating to handheld devices, please contact the i-access Online team on 1800 00 59 65.

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Video Magnifiers | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Electronic or video magnifiers are versatile tools to access print information for a lot of people with low vision. Recent developments in this technology include the introduction of more portable options and devices that can read out the text as well as display it visually.The advantages of this technology over traditional optical magnifiers include:

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