Sensory Campus - Victoria

You can receive multiple services at the one location, Vision Australia’s innovative Sensory Campus.

The Sensory Campus houses unique specialist facilities such as the world-first, state-of-the-art Leigh Garwood Mobility Training Centre, a Sensory Room, a fully operational woodwork workshop and braille training. An onsite learning and teaching kitchen enables delivery of cooking skills and develops confidence.

It is equipped with a one-way viewing mirror for therapeutic use, to aid in feeding therapy. 

You can inquire with your Vision Australia specialist about having treatment at the Sensory Campus, which can assist in building confidence and independence, so you can live the life you choose.

Small boy interacting with a display in Vision Australia's Sensory Campus

Leigh Garwood State-of-the-art Mobility Training Centre

Training in this facility can build your confidence before moving into real world situations.

The Mobility Training Centre offers simulation of various mobility experiences, such as boarding a train, riding an escalator, various types of stairs, and crossing a street at traffic lights.

This facility also provides a safe environment to teach white cane users, and people with their Seeing Eye Dogs.

Child walking with cane at the Leigh Garwood Centre supervised by a Vision Australia professional

Sensory Room

The Sensory Room provides a unique and interactive therapeutic space.

Your Vision Australia therapist can use the room to build techniques to manage stress and anxiety, and stimulate the sensory system to improve awareness.

The Sensory Room is fitted with carefully selected equipment, which can be used in a wide range of therapies. Some examples include a magic carpet, huge 65” interactive touch screen computer and suspended swing. There is also a special device which enables users to create sound and music through motion.

Click here for Channel 9 footage of 11 month old Vision Australia client Raphael in our Sensory Room. You’ll hear from his parents about how treatment in Vision Australia’s Sensory Room was instrumental in helping Raphael meet his developmental milestones at all the right stages.

Child with white cane standing on the magic carpet in the sensory room Vision Australia client Sashi pictured in the sensory room smiling

Woodwork workshop

You can create your very own masterpieces in our woodwork workshop. Classes are run by industry qualified teachers, who are experienced in working with people who are blind or have low vision.

Man with protective goggles talking with Vision Australia woodwork instructor

Braille training

Vision Australia offers braille training to people over the age of 16 years. This is offered face to face, or via correspondence for people living anywhere in Australia.

Pair of hands reading braille on a bound document

Accommodation

Enquire about our subsidised accommodation, which is within walking distance from the Sensory Campus and public transport. We can accommodate both families and singles.

Address

14 Barrett Street Kensington VIC 3031

How to receive treatment at the Sensory Campus

If you feel that you could benefit from treatment at the Sensory Campus, inquire with your Vision Australia specialist, who can arrange this for you.

Please call 1300 84 74 66 or click here to find your local Vision Australia office.

Thank you to our generous donors:

Vision Australia acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government as well as generous donors, including Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust, The Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies, Mazda Foundation and Freemasons Foundation Victoria.