Advocacy

Advocacy

Vision Australia's advocacy covers both individual and broader level advocacy.

Our individual advocacy service assists people who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind (or their families) to address barriers they are facing as individuals in the community due to vision impairment or deafblindness.

Our issues based advocacy work endeavours to bring about change on a broad scale. We do this by working with government and the wider community to eliminate barriers to participation by people who are blind, have low vision or are deafblind.

Know your rights

You have the right to participate fully in any aspect of community life you choose without having unnecessary barriers placed in your way.

When might you need us?

If you are facing barriers to community participation because of your vision impairment, contact us.
Everyone’s needs are different. You may be facing barriers such as access to a café with your Seeing Eye Dog or the failure of a bus driver to announce the stops. You may want information or advice, or you may need someone to advocate on your behalf.

We offer individual and issues based advocacy services to combat barriers faced by people who are blind, have low vision or are deafblind (or their families) in accessing their community.

Individual advocacy

Our individual advocacy service assists people (or their families) to address barriers they are facing as individuals in the community due to vision impairment or deafblindness. This could be someone about to lose a job, a child being denied school work in his or her preferred format or someone being refused entry to a club.

Systemic advocacy

Our issues based advocacy work endeavours to bring about change at a broad level. We do this by working with government and the wider community to eliminate barriers to participation by people who are blind, have low vision or are deafblind. 

This includes issues such as the democratic right of a person who is blind to vote independently and in secret, the right to cross a road safely (using audio-tactile traffic lights) and the right to enjoy cinema with audio description (narration of information about visual elements).

Your rights under law

Your right to participate fully in all aspects of community life is protected under law. We assist our clients to understand their rights under State, Federal and International law, and we also educate the community on these rights.

Our advocacy staff in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland offer services in a range of areas so that people who are blind, have low vision or are deafblind can access any part of life they choose. We work with our clients to remove barriers to their participation, using Federal and State/Territory anti-discrimination tools, such as the formal complaints process under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) through the Australian Human Rights Commission, to address discrimination.

Self-advocacy

We not only advocate on behalf of our clients, we also encourage individuals to self-advocate and work in partnership with us to develop and refine self-advocacy skills to maximise positive life outcomes.

Find out more

If you feel you have been discriminated against or excluded from participation, based on your vision impairment, call our advocacy team on 1300 84 74 66 or email advocacy@visionaustralia.org
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