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DISABILITY RELATED RESOURCES

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BLINDNESS ORGANISATIONS

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    AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS ORGANISATIONS

    Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind

    Library and Information Services including reading material in a wide range of formats, including audio and braille.
    Voice Print: an RVIB telephone information service
    to enable audio access to newspapers.
    Orientation and mobility training
    Occupational therapy.
    Children’s education services and programs.
    Computer training.
    Adult braille and literacy training.
    Employment training and placement.
    Adaptive equipment sales and consultancy.
    Daily living skills training.
    Training in the use of remaining vision.
    Advice and support for tertiary students.

    Seeing Eye Dogs Australia
    Breeding and training of Seeing Eye Dogs
    Provision of Seeing Eye Dogs and training to people who are blind or vision impaired.

    Vision Australia Foundation
    Vision Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation providing services and facilities for people who are blind or vision impaired, or experiencing other disabilities.

    The Deaf-Blind Association - Victoria
    The basic objectives of the Association are to represent the interests of people with a multi-sensory impairment, to provide community support for them and their families, to provide short term care and long term accommodation and respite care, to educate the public about multi-sensory impairment , to support the rubella immunisation campaign, to be an information resource about deafblindness and to be a catalyst for the provision of services to the group of people it represents.

    Guide Dog Association - Victoria
    Breeding & Training of Guide Dogs
    Free Educational Programs for Children and Adults
    Neurological Mobility Service
    Pets as Therapy
    Client Involvement
    Children's Mobility Service
    Training Centre
    Intensive Orientation & Mobility
    Occupational Therapy

    Blind Citizens Australia
    The united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

    Statewide Vision Resource Centre
    promote an understanding of the educational needs of students who are blind or have low vision provide professional development to school communities provide students with text books in their preferred format e.g. large print, braille, audio, electronic text. The Statewide Vision Resource Centre is a Department of Education and Training facility located in Melbourne, Australia.

    Royal Blind Society of New South Wales
    Client Services – assists people who are blind or vision impaired manage daily activities and make the most of their remaining sight. Client Services include individual service planning, the library and information service, Vision Assist and Equipment Services.

    Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
    The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is Australia's major independent special educator, providing a wide range of educational services to children who have significant hearing and/or vision loss, including children who have additional disabilities. The provision of these services is the Institute's primary purpose.

    Guide Dogs Association of New South Wales
    We train people who are vision impaired to use canes, canines and electronic aids to improve their mobility and thus independence and quality of life. We train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged.

    Association for the Blind of Western Australia
    Guide Eogs
    Mobility training with long cane
    State wide Braille and Talking Book Library
    Low vision clinics and advisory services
    Day therapy facilities
    Employment and job skills training
    Independent living services in the home
    Computer training
    Early intervention support for young children
    "Burswood House" training and support program offering life skills to young people
    Braille and audio transcription services
    Recreational activities
    Braille teaching
    Regional services

    Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia
    Home support and counselling
    Employment and education services
    Braille and computer training
    Low vision assessment
    Recreational opportunities
    Braille and talking book library

    DeafBlind Association of South Australia

    Townsend House
    Townsend House offers a comprehensive range of services to South Australian Children aged from 0 to 25 years.
    Assistive Technology Services
    Early Childhood Support Service (Blind / Vision Impaired)
    Early Childhood Support Service (Deaf / Hearing Impaired)
    Child and Youth Services
    Occupational Therapy

    Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland
    Mobility training with Guide Dog, long cane, identification cane, support cane, electronic mobility aids
    Guide Dogs breeding and training
    Residential and domiciliary orientation and mobility and Guide Dog training programs provided free of charge to the client
    Counselling to individuals and their families
    Regional services throughout the State (Offices at Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Gold Coast)
    Guide Dog/Orientation and Mobility Instructor Training School
    Community workshops and professional in-service programs
    VisPat and Pets for Therapy programs

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    INTERNATIONAL BLINDNESS ORGANISATIONS

    Royal Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
    (Communications, Orientation and Mobility, Techniques of Daily Living, Counselling, Child and Family Social Work, Vocational Advice, Sport and Recreation, DeafBlind, Guide Dog Services).
    Te Kupenga Hou means The New Net and comes from the proverb "when the old net is cast aside the new net goes fishing". Te Kupenga Hou is a new net bringing new beginnings for blind and sight impaired Maori and Pacific Island people.
    Library and Information Services, Equipment Services, Accessible Format Production, Volunteer Services, Financial Services.

    Royal National Institute for the Blind - England
    RNIB offers practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem.

    Canadian National Institute for the Blind
    Through counselling and referral, CNIB helps individuals and families deal with the repercussions of vision loss. Our rehabilitation teaching helps individuals learn practical skills for daily living, such as cooking and banking, that help them maintain their independence. CNIB orientation and mobility training helps individuals develop independent travel skills and white cane techniques.

    CNIB vision rehabilitation specialists help partially sighted individuals use their remaining vision more effectively, by recommending low-vision aids and training clients in their use. Our technical aids services give CNIB clients demonstrations of high-and low-tech devices, everything from talking clocks and watches to large print computer screens. With the help of CNIB career development and employment services, blind and visually impaired Canadians set career goals, improve work skills and learn how to search for and find the right job. CNIB library services lend books and magazines on a wide variety of subjects prepared in braille and audio cassette format.

    American Foundation for the Blind
    Aging Services
    Audiodescription/Videodescription
    Braille/Audio/Large-Print Production
    Community Outreach Programs
    Computer Training
    Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    Counseling/Social Work/Self-Help
    Distance Education
    Dog Guide Training and Orientation and Mobility
    Early Intervention/Infants
    Education Services and Literacy Programs
    Employment/Job Training
    Health Services and Low Vision Centers and Services
    Independent Living/Rehabilitation Services
    Library Services and Newspaper Reading Services

    Perkins School for the Blind
    Service to students takes on a different meaning at Perkins. Dedicated to maximizing the level of independence of each student, Perkins' staff create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each child. This begins with a thorough Diagnostic Evaluation performed by a team of clinicians, teachers and other specialists at Perkins or in the student's local school district - prior to enrollment in any of the School's On Campus programs (Preschool, Lower School, Secondary Program or the Deafblind Program).

    The same commitment goes into the services provided through our many Off Campus programs that reach into communities throughout Massachusetts: Community Living, Infant/Toddler Program, Preschool Services, Outreach (for visually handicapped students in public schools), Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, Outreach to Elders, and Professional Outreach.

    But Perkins' commitment to providing services to the visually handicapped doesn't end there. The School's affiliation with the New England Center Deafblind Project assures an ongoing support network for families of deafblind individuals. Perkins own Howe Press manufactures braillers, the standard tool in literacy for the visually handicapped. Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library offers over 50,000 recorded books and magazines and 16,000 Braille books - and caters to patrons ranging from seven months to 113 years.

    The Carroll Center for the Blind
    Rehabilitation
    Technology
    Computer Training
    Summer Youth Programs
    Computer Services for Youth
    Educational Services
    The Braille Challenge
    Recreation
    Outdoor Enrichment Program
    Sail Blind

    Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
    The Center operates an extensive system of Field Services nationwide for people who are deaf-blind within their local communities and for their families, as well as for public and private service providers and professionals. Field Services include 10 Regional Offices and more than 40 Affiliates, a National Training Team and an Older Adult Program. Each regional office is staffed by a representative who is knowledgeable about deaf-blindness and services available within that region.

    Lighthouse International
    Lighthouse International is a leading resource worldwide on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation. Through its pioneering work in vision rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy, Lighthouse International enables people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives. Founded in 1905 and headquartered in New York, Lighthouse International is a not-for-profit organization, and depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations.

    National Federation of the Blind
    The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

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    AUSTRALIAN SPORTING ORGANISATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
    Deaf Sports Australia

    Disabled WinterSport - Australia

    Riding for the Disabled

    Special Olympics Australia

    Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland

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    Victorian Waterski Association - Disabled Division

    NSW Wheelchair Sports

    Wheelchair Sports South Australia

    Wheelchair Sports Victoria

    Wheelchair Sports Western Australia


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