AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS ORGANISATIONS
Royal Victorian Institute for
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
Children’s education services and programs.
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 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
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
Breeding & Training of Guide Dogs
Free Educational Programs for Children and Adults
Neurological Mobility Service
Pets as Therapy
Children's Mobility Service
Intensive Orientation & Mobility
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
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
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
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
Early intervention support for young children
"Burswood House" training and support program offering life skills
to young people
Braille and audio transcription services
Royal Society for the Blind
of South Australia
Home support and counselling
Employment and education services
Braille and computer training
Low vision assessment
Braille and talking book library
of South Australia
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
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
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
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
American Foundation for the
Community Outreach Programs
Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
Dog Guide Training and Orientation and Mobility
Education Services and Literacy Programs
Health Services and Low Vision Centers and Services
Independent Living/Rehabilitation Services
Library Services and Newspaper Reading Services
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
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
The Carroll Center for
Summer Youth Programs
Computer Services for Youth
The Braille Challenge
Outdoor Enrichment Program
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 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
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
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The Companion Card is issued to people with a significant, permanent
disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access
most community activities and venues without attendant care support.
AUSTRALIAN SPORTING ORGANISATIONS FOR PEOPLE
Deaf Sports Australia
Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland
Waterski Association - Disabled Division
Sports South Australia