Services for children and young people | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Introducing Vision Australia's Life Ready program

Vision Australia’s Life Ready Program is designed to encourage and support childhood development and the education of children and young people who are blind or have low vision, so they can form strong foundations for life, true meaningful participation and life-long employment.

The three stages of the Life Ready program

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Testimonial: Haya, age 11

Question. How would you describe the Life Ready Program in three words?

Belong - I have a group of people that don't judge me where I can be myself.

Freedom - I now believe I can choose the future I want, rather than being told what I can do.

Rights - I now know I can stand up for myself and what I want. I feel more.

How we approach working together

Our Life Ready Program gives your family access to a team of paediatric experts, trained specifically for helping children and young people who are blind or have low vision. You can engage with our experts with confidence as Vision Australia is a registered NDIS provider.

Get to know the experts who'll support you
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Family first

Our inclusive, whole-of-family approach addresses the emotions, challenges and opportunities that come with the diagnosis of a vision condition for your child.

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Life Ready Hub

A collection of learning and development resources that children and young people and their parents and carers can access to inspire learning no matter a child’s stage of development.

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Experts on hand

Access to a team of paediatric experts trained in unique strategies for blindness and low vision, in the one place, working together.

Children with complex needs

Q. Does Vision Australia work with children multiple disabilities?

A. Absolutely. It is not uncommon for kids with low vision or blindness to have additional needs. We take pride in working with teams of specialists inside and outside of Vision Australia to address all of your needs and ensuring that your child is future ready. You may be interested in accessing our experts who have experience and knowledge in working with cortical/cerebral visual impairment.

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Frequently asked questions

Services from Vision Australia incur a fee. There are several ways you can fund services, supports and products for your child. Vision Australia can support you every step of the way with your child's funding application. Speak with us on 1300 84 74 66 to find out more.

Our team of experts work in partnership with you and your child to ensure your family understands your child's vision condition. We work with you to help proactively identify opportunities to support your child's learning and development so you feel confident in your conversations in education settings about your child's needs.

We also facilitate a free online parent community where you can share your experiences and learn from others, as well as parent/guardian groups to provide an informal opportunity to meet other families, socialise and share or learn new skills such as making tactile books. 

Vision Australia offers a wide choice in how services are delivered. Services can be delivered as individual sessions or group sessions, face-to-face in your home or community or at your nearest Vision Australia office. Services may also be delivered online or via phone.