Support From Other Organisations
There is a wide range of local, national, and international organisations who specialise in offering services, products, funding, and other supports for people with vision impairment, including children. Some organisations, such as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), work across different disabilities, including vision impairment. The Statewide Vision Resource Centre works with many of these organisations to enhance what we provide, and to share our knowledge about educating students with vision impairment.
The organisations listed on this page are organised into the following categories:
- Advocacy and Community
- Financial Assistance
- Sport, Leisure and Recreation
- Technology Providers and Organisations
- Vision Impairment-Specific Products
- Vision Impairment-Specific Services
Advocacy and Community
ACD is the leading advocacy and information service for children with any type of a disability and their families living in Victoria. We provide free telephone information and support, training for professionals and parent workshops, policy development and system change and NDIS funded supports.
The ABF is the peak body in Australia representing blindness, vision impairment and rehabilitation in the blindness sector. We are a partnership between consumers and service providers; seeking equity in access for people who are blind or vision impaired.
BCA is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired. 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.
CYDA is the national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability. CYDA is a not for profit, community organisation.
FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.
The Genetic Support Network Victoria (GSNV) is a vibrant and active organisation committed to promoting the interests and well-being of people affected by genetic conditions. The core of our enquiries involve assisting in access to services, connecting with others, education, advocacy, support and information.
This closed group is for parents and families of children with vision impairment. Search for ‘Puggles Parent Group’ to locate them on Facebook.
RVA is Australia’s peak body for rare disease, advocating for Australians living with rare disease. We provide a strong, common voice to advocate for health policy and a healthcare system that works for people living with rare disease.
Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities facilitates and influences the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with print disabilities by optimising the evolving Round Table body of knowledge.
Starting With Julius was established as a project in 2013 by people who are committed to promoting the inclusion of people with disability in Australian advertising, media and beyond.
Part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Vision 2020 Australia’s role is to ensure that eye health and vision care remains high on the health, disability and international development agendas of Australian governments.
WonderBaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you’ll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links.
YDAS works alongside young people with disability aged 12 to 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want.
Since 1858, APH has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.
In order to facilitate successful outcomes and improve the educational experience for students with disability, ADCET provides information, advice and resources to disability practitioners, academics, teachers and students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.
ICEVI is the world’s major association of individuals and organisations concerned with equality of access to appropriate education for children and youth with vision impairment.
This website is the result of a joint project between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). By combining our resources and expertise, we hope to assist educators and families in the quest to provide literacy experiences for children who are blind.
Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. Through Perkins eLearning, educators and parents can find the tools and inspiration they need to encourage every student who is blind or visually impaired to discover their skills, passion and potential.
The Renwick Centre contributes to the provision of educational opportunities for children with hearing or vision impairment through four areas of endeavour:
o Research and publication
o Academic studies
o Continuing professional education
o Library and information services.
The RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them.
We’re one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. If you are working with blind and partially sighted learners from birth to 25, including those with complex needs, at RNIB we want to offer you support.
SPEVI Inc. acts as the professional body in matters pertaining to the education and support of children and young people who are blind or have low vision within the South Pacific region. Membership is open to professionals and parents/caregivers supporting children and adults with vision impairment, including general teachers.
TSBVI staff are continually writing and creating resources for parents, educators, community members and individuals with visual impairments. The Online Learning site is intended to serve the needs of teachers, instructors, other professionals, paraprofessionals, family and community members, and even students to watch, read, or to interact at their own pace.
CareerConnect is an employment information resource developed by the APH for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. CareerConnect provides employment information, career exploration tools, and job seeking guidance for individuals with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.
Expression Employment (formerly SensWide Employment) has been delivering Disability Employment Services (DES) to job seekers for over 25 years. We have been providing support to people with low vision and blindness for over two decades.
The NDCO Program aims to improve the transition of people with a disability aged 15 to 64 into tertiary education and employment. Your National Disability Coordination Officer can help provide information, coordination and referral for people with a disability.
If your aim is to get work-ready, find a job or make the most of the one you have, Vision Australia can help by tailoring a plan to your needs and supporting your employment journey.
Specialised assistive technology designed for people with disability may be claimed as a tax deduction. According to the Australian Tax Office, some equipment designed for people who are blind or have low vision is now eligible for the Medical Expenses Rebate. Consult with your tax agent or the Australian Taxation.
Better Start for Children with Disability provides improved access to early intervention services. Eligible children will be able to access up to $12,000 in early intervention funding.
The Carer Allowance is a fortnightly supplement if you give additional daily care to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or is frail aged.
The Carer Payment is an income support payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail and aged.
Companion Card promotes the rights of people with a disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at events and venues. It simply ensures that people who are unable to attend venues and events without a companion to provide attendant care support, are not charged two admission fees.
A payment issued to men aged 16 to 65 years and women aged 16 to 60 – 65 years (depending on birthdate) who are legally blind. This pension is free of income and asset testing and is not taxable.
A payment to help with travel costs for work, study or looking for work if you have a disability, illness or injury that means you can’t use public transport.
A regular extra payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support from Centrelink.
Funding Grants for the ID Mate talking bar code scanner and Kapten Plus GPS device.
As a charitable community foundation, our role is to connect people, ideas and funding to create positive social change and address Melbourne’s future needs.
The NDIA is an independent statutory agency. Our role is to implement the NDIS, which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.
Some private health insurance companies will reimburse the partial cost of some items, such as magnifiers, depending on your insurance coverage. Contact your health insurance provider before purchasing any equipment.
The Sport Access Foundation offers grants to Australian children with a disability, so that they have an opportunity to play and participate in sport.
Contact the Victorian Taxi Directorate on 03 9320 4360 or 1800 638 802.
Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision. The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.
The Vision Impaired Travel Pass is for people who are legally blind and are permanent residents of Victoria, NSW, or Queensland and entitles you to free public transport travel.
Sport, Leisure and Recreation
Operated by Reclink Australia, Access for All Abilities (AAA Play) provides Australia’s only ‘first point of call’ service connecting people with a disability to sports and recreational opportunities in Victoria.
Achilles Melbourne is Melbourne’s premier running club for people with a disability. We also connect people with a disability with local running clubs and public running events.
The sport of AFL Blind is a modified version of Australian Football played in an indoor football field. The Victorian Blind Football League provides an environment that promotes fitness, fun, friendship and a sense of belonging, enhancing life skills, developing self-esteem, confidence and improved health.
At Paralympics Australia, we help Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, business, sporting bodies and the community.
Football Victoria works with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, City in the Community and Melbourne Blind Football Club to provide opportunities for people with a vision impairment of all ages to play football.
Blind Golf Australia was formed to promote the game of golf amongst blind and vision impaired people and to co-ordinate blind golf between the states of Australia.
BSRV enhances the lives of people throughout Victoria who are blind or vision impaired through sport and recreation. Through our range of diversified sport and recreation programs for children, adults, and seniors, we offer choice and a tailored experience across all life stages.
BSA is a national not-for-profit organisation whose members are blind sporting organisations.
IBSA is in charge of a wide range of sports for athletes who are blind or partially sighted. IBSA manages athlete registration and licensing, classification management, and supports blind sports development around the world.
The VBCA is the home of blind cricket in Victoria. The VBCA provides an important role in the community by developing and providing opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to enjoy the recreational and social benefits of cricket.
Goalball is a team sport specifically designed for blind and vision impaired athletes. As the state body that facilitates Goalball within Victoria we aim to continue providing opportunities to all members of the community making it our mission to promote and foster the advancement of and participation in the sport.
Swish is a modified version of table tennis that can be enjoyed by people who are blind, vision impaired and fully sighted. The Kooyong Swish Club is a vibrant and energetic club whose members are some of the holders of domestic and national tournament titles.
Technology providers and organisations
Software demos, product information, and product support for products such as Talking Typer software, the Orion TI-30XS MultiView talking scientific calculator, audio and low vision games, and more.
HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision.
Independence Science is an assistive technology company that specializes in providing tools to help students with print disabilities to have equal access and opportunities to perform independently in STEM fields without sighted assistance.
Pacific Vision International provides a range of quality and innovative assistive technology for people with low vision and blindness.
Master Distributor of Index Braille products for Australia and New Zealand.
For over 30 years, Quantum has been providing products and services to people with a print disability (low vision, blindness or a learning difficulty).
Vision Impairment-Specific Products
Featured product categories include low vision materials, tactile graphics, early childhood, core curriculum, technology, and more.
Thousands of braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products.
Products for your active, independent life. Vision product categories include games and education, braille, magnifiers, books and reading, and much more.
We specialize in low vision products and product solutions for the Blind and Visually Impaired, including children.
Product categories include technology, magnification, reading, home and leisure, health and mobility, braille and labelling, and children and learning.
Products include optical and electronic magnifiers, items for the home, everyday technology, children’s products, time keeping, lighting, reading and writing, smart home products, leisure, and more.
Vision Impairment-Specific Services
Orientation & Mobility is a training framework where children learn how to navigate their home and outdoor environments safely. Our Orientation & Mobility specialists teach children specific new skills by building on their existing abilities. We offer individual programs, camps, group programs, consultant services, and more.
At Guide Dogs Victoria, we provide vital support for Victorians with low vision or blindness. Since 1957, our services have grown far beyond just the dogs themselves to include a wide range of community initiatives, and training and education programs.
Independent Options for Mobility provides orientation and mobility training and education for independent travel. We are based in Melbourne, Australia. As well as working with people who are blind or have low vision, we also work with individuals with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI).
Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.