Our stories

Anna's animal studies on course

Bursaries Stories

Anna Briggs has just embarked on her final year of an animal science degree, which has become more manageable since she received a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary Award.

Changing the world one dog at a time

Client Stories

35 year old Aviva was devastated when a health condition caused her to suddenly lose her eyesight. At first, she was in shock and utterly overwhelmed by the prospect of having to relearn how to live her life.

Life has its funny moments

Client Stories

Our eyes and ears take in an incredible amount of information from the world around us. Can you imagine no longer being able to use these senses?

Daniel’s story

Bursaries Stories

Daniel Searle is a high achiever. In high school he won a local Lions Youth of the Year Award for his community work, was an active member of his School Representative Council and the debating team.

Dawson's Story

Bursaries Stories

I guess I should start from the beginning. My name is Dawson Ko. I am the younger of two children born in Sydney to an immigrant Chinese family from Hong Kong.

Nastasia’s story

Bursaries Stories

Nastasia is an amazing young woman. By the age of 18 she had already received a Prime Minister's Award, hosted her own radio show and attained a Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre and Events.

The Allamby Family

Client Stories

Imagine being told you have an eye condition that will affect the way you see the world for the rest of your life. It’s a lot to deal with at any age, but particularly difficult when it happens during adolescence...

Playing for Australia

Client Stories

The sound of leather on willow is synonymous with summer. But for cricket players Lindsay Heaven and Chris Baillie, it's replaced by the sound of rattling metal...

Karen’s lust for life

Client Stories

Karen Pritchard likes to “take life by the throat and give it a good shake”. She also knows what it’s like to be vision impaired and is happy to lend her support to anyone in the same boat...

In the driver’s seat

Client Stories

Ernie Drew of Lara, Victoria, is well known in the local car community for his restoration work, particularly his trophy-winning corvette masterpieces...

Travellin' man

Client Stories

It's hard to pigeonhole Lorin Nicholson. But when Vision Australia organised a vocational assessment for him 20 years ago, in retrospect the recommendations were not far off the mark...

Brett’s new direction

Client Stories

When it comes to career development, Brett Anthony believes in the two Ts – technology and training...

Walter speaks from experience

Client Stories

Walter Bolin has been a great advocate of blindness issues for many years. He recently joined Vision Australia's speaker's network in the Great Lakes area so he can continue to spread his message.

Emily's Story

Client Stories

Emily is like any five-year-old girl. She loves music, storytime and dressing up, and can’t wait to start school next year. Her mother Brooke tells Emily’s story...

A family affair

Client Stories

Nino and Elese Gatto are very familiar faces in Griffith, New South Wales. For the past 18 years they have sold jams and pickles from a stall in town to raise funds for local people who are blind or have low vision.

The Toongabbie trailblazer

Client Stories

He's run the New York Marathon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro; now Charlie McConnell can add trekking the Kokoda Trail to his list of achievements...

Local shares his knowledge

Client Stories

Speaking to Ted Thorburn it's hard to believe he has ever been anything but positive. The 55-year-old from Mossman, Queensland, is a mentor, poet and inspiration to many people in his region, particularly those who are blind or have low vision.

Meet one of our clients with cataracts

Client Stories

Alice was born with several eye conditions, including congenital cataracts, aniridia, nystagmus and Best's disease, which affects the macula...

Mary moves with the times

Client Stories

Christmas 2004 was something of a turning point for Mary Beekman. This was when the 78-year-old from Strathfield, in Sydney, first realised that macular degeneration had caused her sight to deteriorate to an extent that she could no longer drive...

Expanding my world

Client Stories

Ruth Mercer never expected technology to be a big part of her life, but since developing Macular Degeneration 20 years ago, technology has enabled her to maintain her interests and develop new ones...

Gallipoli calling

Client Stories

Eric Sumner can't understand all the fuss that's being made about his trip to Gallipoli for Anzac Day 2007...

Geoff solves a puzzle

Client Stories

First Geoff noticed the squares of his favourite crossword puzzle appearing to float across the page. Then one morning he drove confidently to a wedding, only to find he couldn't see clearly enough to drive back home safely that afternoon...

Ruby's a gem!

Client Stories

Ruby Wood has lived in the same Melbourne house for almost 60 years. When she was declared legally blind in 2005 due to age-related macular degeneration, the 86-year-old feared she would have to move...

Christmas Appeal 2013

Client Stories

Your generosity will give life-changing specialist services to children who are blind or have low vision.

Library Services Appeal

Client Stories

Your donation today, will give people who are blind or have low vision, free access to news and information in an alternative format, such as braille or audio.

Children's Services Appeal

Client Stories

Your donation will give children like Emmanuel the extraordinary gift of an ‘ordinary’ childhood.

Moana's story

Client Stories

Only through your donations can we continue to provide children with the support they need to live a life of inclusion, learning and achievement.

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