Your donation can help in so many ways. Read more about David's story below, and how you can make a difference.
“Venturing into the unknown can be daunting, but I know, with your help, Vision Australia will be there with me every step of the way.”- David Saxberg
With your support, Vision Australia can continue to provide vital services to children and adults who are blind or have low vision this year, and make a lasting difference in their lives. Head to our donation page here.
Vision Australia client David, aged 26 has been completely blind since he was a child, as he recently explained:
“My disease is genetic. I was born with congenital glaucoma with cataracts and had partial vision to the age of about seven. Then I lost my vision quite quickly and pretty much haven't been able to see anything since.”
David has never let blindness hold him back and has used a wide range of our services that have helped him grow into the confident young man he is today.
When David was 14 and in high school, he learnt how to work on a computer using screen reading software.
“Carla was my adaptive technology training consultant and she was great. I learnt how to use the internet, an email account and basically all the Office products to ensure I was able to conduct research and write out my assignments using the software on my computer.”
More recently, when David decided to go to university, he needed to increase the amount of support he was getting so he could prepare himself for life in a new, unfamiliar town.
Heather, a Vision Australia specialist made sure David knew how to get around the university campus without getting lost and could travel in different parts of Canberra and his local shopping centre on his own. She showed him how to get into the city or to the railway station if he was going to see family or play sport back in Sydney.
Without the generous support from everyday Australians like you we would be unable to provide David with the kinds of services that have made his life so much easier.
While David was at university, he also learnt independent living skills and had his surroundings adapted so he could manage safely and more efficiently.
“When I moved into a shared apartment, I got Vision Australia to help me. They taught me how to cook without burning things and showed me how to work out timings and techniques for cutting”.
One of our occupational therapists also put tactile dots on the microwave so David could find and distinguish between the stop and start buttons as well as locate the various timers.
After completing his degree in Journalism at the University of Canberra last year, David now hopes to land a job in radio and become a full time journalist.
“Vision Australia just make everything easier in terms of being mobile and getting around. They also organise social events so I have met other people in the region who are blind or have low vision. I was able to get their perspective on things as well as advice on how to do certain tasks and travel through certain areas.”
There are currently around 357,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision - none of them should have to face any barriers to doing any of the things they want to.
Head to our donation page. You’ll be keeping our services available to all Australians who are blind or have low vision, including people like David. Thank you!