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Useful Links for the Vision Impaired

For those who haven't experienced it, the loss of vision is an unimaginably difficult experience. Daily tasks and activities become much harder when clarity of sight is taken from you which is why it is so important that there are so many community services available to make life that little bit easier. A variety of these services are listed below but in addition to these services, remember the important role that Assistive Technology can play in easing these struggles as well. Don't forget to look at our factsheet detailing some of these Assistive Technology options in addition to the following services; 

Guide Dogs Australia

Guide Dogs Australia are a network of Guide Dog associations. They provide many services to help the vision impaired, not just Dog companions. Each state organisation provides a slightly different set of services. Here listed will be some of the most significant and most common services offered and beneath, which state associations provide them.

Guide Dogs

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (hereafter NSW/ACT), Guide Dogs Victoria (hereafter Vic), Guide Dogs Queensland (hereafter QLD), Guide Dogs SA.NT (hereafter SA/NT), Association for the Blind of WA (hereafter WA) and Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania (hereafter Tas)

Mobility Equipment/Training

  • NSW/ACT, SA/NT, WA, Tas, QLD

Advocacy

  • NSW/ACT - to ensure public transport accessibility, and WA - for employment opportunities

Community Education Programs

  • NSW/ACT, SA/NT, QLD

Special Services for Children

  • NSW/ACT, Vic, SA/NT, WA, QLD

Services Tailored to Origin of Impairment e.g. neurological services for vision impairment caused by stroke

  • NSW/ACT, Vic, SA/NT

Pets as Therapy

  • NSW/ACT, SA/NT

Counselling

  • Vic, Tas, QLD

To contact your state's Guide Dog service, please go to their website. Each website has additional contact details like telephone numbers, emails, online applications for services and mailing addresses.

NSW/ACT: http://www.guidedogs.com.au/home

Victoria: http://www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au/

SA/NT: http://www.guidedogs.org.au/home

WA: http://www.guidedogswa.com.au/

Tasmania: http://www.royalguidedogs.com.au/page/display/what-we-do/life-skills

QLD: http://www.guidedogsqld.com.au/

 

Require assistance?

If you require advice or assistance in choosing relevant AT products for your needs, please call our national ILC Infoline 1300 885 886. You will be connected to your local state/territory ILC for the cost of a local phone call.

** NT callers are automatically directed to ILC in South Australia.