Learning to live independently

There are many different strategies used by people who are blind or have low vision that assist with enhancing their independence and safety at home and in the community. Daily activities can be modified and different techniques used to enable a person with vision loss to participate in activities that are important to them.

Our low vision clinics can be a great starting point. We can assess the vision loss and eye condition and provide strategies on how to make the most out of your vision.

Two of the most significant impacts on daily life as a result of vision loss are increased difficulty with reading and writing. There are number of options available to support these needs.

With the use of various technology such as magnifiers, correct lighting or screen readers, most parts of life can still be accessible for you. Technology provides all sorts of useful tools to stay organised, keep in touch, get things done, browse the internet, relax with a book and more. This includes using their phone independently. And mobile phones are increasingly becoming more usable.

There are a wide range of products available and Vision Australia has a host of services to enable people who are blind or have low vision to make the most out of the technological tools available.

To help you move around the community our Orientation and Mobility service can help. Do you love to go to the theatre, art galleries, ride your local bike paths or enjoy dining out at the latest restaurant? Whatever your favourite pastime Vision Australia can unlock opportunities so everybody has access to their chosen activities.

Participating in a sport and/or recreational activity is essential to having a well-balanced lifestyle.

It’s not just fun and rewarding it also offers:
  • Increased Quality of Life
  • Opportunities to meet new people and make friends
  • Endless health benefits
  • Opportunities to new skills and increase confidence
  • And much more
Vision Australia Employment Services can assist you to access quality, sustainable employment opportunities or to retain a job that is in jeopardy.

Our specialist staff works in partnership with job seekers, employers and other employment agencies, offering services that equip people to succeed in their chosen career.

We also offer information about braille including details about how it is produced and of course a bit about Louis braille who invented the tactile reading system.

There’s also information on the braille services offered by Vision Australia to people who are blind including the self-paced course ‘Survivors Guide to Braille Music Notation’.

There are details about the deafblind services on offer and you can also learn the deafblind alphabet.

Vision Australia has a Tertiary Education Consultant to advise on course selection, study skills, student advocacy and funding opportunities. The Tertiary Education Consultant also coordinates the Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.
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