With Vision Australia’s support Danijela (pictured right) started school with confidence.
Vision Australia provides support and resources that enable children who are blind, or have low vision and their families, to increase their choices and participate meaningfully in every aspect of their life.
We support families of children from birth right through to school-leaving age, providing services that facilitate the young person's development and access to education and independence.
Our specialist staff work with children and their families to establish their priorities and concerns and then develop programs that are tailored to the individual's needs and aspirations.
Our staff acknowledge that the family is the expert on their child, and the best people to ensure their strengths and capabilities are recognised and utilised. Our approach is family-centered, where we recognise every child as part of their family unit and understand the importance of providing supports in the environment and context that is most relevant to that child and family.
We provide support for every child
Our services, which focus on learning, playing and daily living, are designed to support children and their families during the various early life stages. We also work in partnership with other service providers to achieve the best outcome for each child.
A team, usually consisting of orthoptists, therapists, educators, adaptive technology consultants, orientation and mobility specialists and counsellors, is coordinated through a Key Worker or primary contact person. The team work with families to provide support and knowledge to address their particular goals, build their own knowledge and skills, support their child in a range of settings and work with community providers to ensure they are equipped to suitably support the child with low vision or blindness.
Our life-stages approach enables the skills a child develops in their early years to be built upon as they grow. We are always preparing children and families for the next part of their journey.
School and beyond
In the years before a child starts school, Vision Australia assists them to obtain living skills such as dressing and feeding themselves using cutlery.
Our Feelix Library, which posts out book kits containing tactile and audio elements, introduces young borrowers to braille and enables them to develop literacy skills. Vision Australia staff liaise with educators well before a child begins school and offer orientation and mobility training as well as equipment advice to ensure the child is prepared in every way.
We continue to support a student as they progress through school, offering technology training and peer support programs. Our staff also prepare students for tertiary study and the workplace.
What supports does Vision Australia offer?
Vision Australia supports children who are blind or have low vision and their families by offering:
- Information on eye conditions.
- Developmental intervention to minimise the impact of blindness or low vision in early childhood.
- Braille learning programs.
- Advice about toys, books and equipment to suit each child's needs.
- Life skills programs in independence, leisure, socialisation and sexuality.
- Assistance with inclusion in peer and leisure groups, childcare and schools.
- Support with literacy through keyboarding and technology.
- Counselling and facilitating meetings with other parents and role models.
- Information on preparing for further study and careers.
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