About Vision Australia
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.
We support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.
You can read more about Vision Australia on the website here.
Our Life Ready program
Vision Australia’s Life Ready Program is designed to encourage and support childhood development and the education of children and young people who are blind or have low vision, so they can form strong foundations for life, true meaningful participation and life-long employment.
Your donations and fundraising make a life-changing difference to the lives of Aussie kids like Daisy and Gemma.
When Daisy was only a few days old, it became apparent to her parents Louisa and Michael that she needed some extra special care. Now, four-years-old, Daisy lives with around 30-50% vision in her left eye, and 50% in her right. While Daisy’s diagnoses of optic nerve hypoplasia and nystagmus has posed some challenges, support from Vision Australia has helped ensure Daisy is on track to meet her development milestones and enjoy what childhood has to offer alongside her peers.
“Vision Australia have been so good. Through her Occupational Therapist we have been able to learn so many tips and tricks that simply help Daisy on a day-to-day basis. We were astounded at the number of different services that they were able to provide. I just don’t know where we would be had we not contacted Vision Australia"
Louisa - Daisy's Mum
Gemma was only five months old when she was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, a diagnosis which came as a bolt from the blue for her mum Nova. Over the next year, Gemma underwent four procedures to save what they could of her vision, ultimately resulting in a tube implant being inserted. This condition has left Gemma with limited functional vision and and see only rough shapes and colours from her left eye.
“We are so proud of the milestones that Gemma has achieved over the years and it’s truly thanks to the support from Vision Australia, I believe Gemma can live whatever type of life she wants to lead.”
Nova - Gemma's Mum