Vision Australia provides a specialised Deafblind Service, funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. This service is available to people of 16 years and over who live in the Sydney Metropolitan region. Specific eligibility and priority criteria exist.
Specialist staff work in partnership with clients and their family/carers, to expand the choices and opportunities available to them in daily life. This is achieved through assessment, coordination and provision of services, as well as facilitating access to the community.
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Vision Australia offers the following deafblind services:
- Independent living assistance. This includes daily living activities such as self-care, meal and beverage preparation, cooking, home maintenance, community access, financial management, and training in the use of specialist equipment and indoor orientation and mobility skills.
- Print access training to facilitate communication and access to information and print through education in braille, computer skills and adaptive technology.
- Information and advice about accessible social/recreational activities.
- Information about services and products, other organisations, peer support networks and current research.
- Training programs for professionals working with people who are deafblind.
- Communication assessments and training in a variety of deafblind and/or tactile communication methods.
The right hand is presented as that of the sender forming the letters onto the passive left hand of the deafblind recipient.