It can be challenging at times, but there is plenty of support available to help people who are blind or have low vision to lead full, active and independent lives.
Each day people living with varying levels of vision loss across Australia turn to Vision Australia to help them live the life they choose.
According to Jodie Cox, Vision Australia’s Illawarra regional manager, it’s the leading blindness and low vision service provider’s person-first approach that sets them apart.
“The support we provide to our clients is driven by want they want to achieve,” Mrs Cox said. “Our clients set goals for themselves and then our staff work in collaboration with the client to equip them with the necessary skills and strategies to achieve them.
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“From our occupational therapists and orientation & mobility specialists to our employment consultants and adaptive technology specialists, we have the staff.
“Whether it’s an older person wanting to stay in their own home, a child starting school, somebody searching for their first job or an individual wanting to become more active in their community, our staff can provide expert guidance.
“Plus expert advice around accessing My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme which give individuals more choice and control over the support services they receive.”
Vision Australia also provides specialised child support services, social groups and a library of books, mags and other publications.