Exercising your rights

Vision Australia is committed to breaking down the barriers that exist for people who are blind or have low vision in our community.

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Our advocacy team deals with access and equity issues and respond in line with Vision Australia's public policy positions and relevant State and Federal disability standards and legislation.

Through our interaction with thousands of clients, we have built a large body of experience and expertise. We use this knowledge to develop formal organisational policies in order to assert positive influence and bring about change.

We also draw on information gained through strong links and networks with other blindness service providers and consumer organisations.

Vision Australia’s advocacy team can assist you if you have been discriminated against based on your vision impairment. We will work in partnership with you to breakdown the barrier you are facing.

Self Advocacy toolkits

Many individuals who are blind, or have low vision, have learnt to be confident self advocates. However even for the most confident person, it is not always easy to stand up for yourself when facing discrimination.

We have developed some tool kits to give you the information to help you advocate for yourself.

Advocacy in education

The right to participate in education is protected under state, federal and international legislation. We have a number of resources to help you to promote these rights and succeed in education.

Navigating the benefits system

The benefits system, such as Centrelink and Department of Human Services, can be complicated, so Vision Australia has created three resources to assist people with blindness or low vision understand and advocate for their rights in the benefits system.

Pointers to good self advocacy

This booklet aims to give you some hints and steps for dealing with barriers you may face, while participating in the community as someone who is blind or has low vision. The first aim is to assist you to be a self-advocate.

Download Stand up for your rights here (Word, 429KB)

The Disability Discrimination Act made simple

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 is federal legislation which protects the rights of people with disability.  This fact sheet explains the DDA in plain English.

Download the Disability Discrimination Act made simple here (Word, 412KB)

Although we encourage individuals to self advocate, there will be times when you may feel you need advocacy assistance.

Contact us

If you have been discriminated against based on your vision and you would like further information and assistance, please contact Vision Australia's Advocacy Department at advocacy@visionaustralia.org or telephone 1300 84 74 66.

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