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Sensory impairments

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Anosmia - loss of smell - Better Health Channel

People are less sensitive to smells the older they get, and women tend to have a more acute sense of smell than men.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Vision impairment

Vision impairment is a condition that prevents normal vision in one or both eyes. There are different degrees of vision impairment from mild loss to total blindness (no reaction to light).

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Hearing impairment and schoolchildren -

The terms hard of hearing, deaf and hearing impaired cover a wide range of conditions which affect a child's listening ability and therefore interferes with their educational and social development.

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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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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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Support for people who are blind or vision impaired | Vision Initiative

Information about services available to help people who are experiencing vision loss

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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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Mobility benefits and entitlements | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

There are various mobility and transport benefits available to people who are blind or have low vision.Vision Impaired Travel PassThe Vision Impaired Travel Pass is for people who are legally blind and are permanent residents of Victoria, NSW, or Queensland and entitles you to free public transport travel.For more information call:

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Hearing loss - how it affects people - Better Health Channel

Many people with hearing loss experience a drop in self-esteem and confidence because of their impaired ability to communicate.

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Vision and Parkinson's | Parkinson's Australia

Parkinson’s does not cause vision loss but visual changes may occur due to impairment of eye movement

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