Building Positive Impact Together
Every dollar you raise helps achieve a positive impact for people living with blindness and low vision to live their lives with the independence they seek. That in turn promotes real social inclusion.
Emotional support and groups for social inclusion
Occupational therapists for independence
Mobility specialists to stay safe and get around
Orthoptists to assess functional vision and make recommendations
Education and employment support to achieve aspirations
Aids and equipment from our shop to improve daily living
Technology and training to stay connected
Early intervention, children's and adolescents' specialised services
Seeing Eye Dogs for independence
Audio books and library for leisure and learning
Helpful information and advice for clients and families
My Aged Care and NDIS experts to maximise funding
The Year in Numbers
In 2021-22 you and thousands of like-minded fundraisers helped make this possible. We couldn’t support as many people as we do without your most generous support. So many people have been helped in so many ways.
raised at the 2021 Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight
print pages converted into accessable formats:
101,150 braille master pages
38,270 e-text pages
84,660 large print pages
1,390 tactual graphics
NSW Spectacles Program delivered
spectacles to 39,155 clients
clients accessed library services
Some highlights from 2020-21
Supporting clients with Seeing Eye Dogs
This year, Seeing Eye Dogs instructors managed to match and train 41 Seeing Eye Dogs with their handlers.
14-year-old Ollie has always wanted a Seeing Eye Dog, and this year he became our youngest ever handler. Ollie and Sadie have not only forged a strong bond, they’ve also paved the way for other young people to achieve greater independence by being matched with a Seeing Eye Dog.
Supporting access to information
410 volunteers at Vision Australia Radio produced 5,820 hours of local content that reached more
than 700,000 listeners per month.
Listeners tune in to Vision Australia Radio to hear the daily newspapers, made possible thanks to volunteers like Marilyn, seen here recording a carefully read transcription of a newspaper. Clients can listen to these readings on a variety of devices and platforms.
Supporting our clients
Currently studying a Diploma of Audio Engineering and Sound Production at Melbourne’s JMC Academy, Sam is already well on his way, and being a recipient of a Vision
Australia Further Education Bursary has been a great boost, as it provided him with a full suite of audio equipment.
Totally blind after having had both eyes removed in childhood due to bilateral retinoblastoma, Sam is a recipient of a 2021 Vision Australia Further Education Bursary. “I want to help spread awareness, and the media is a great way of doing that,” he said.
Vision Australia was grateful to receive approximately $37.8 million in public charitable support this year from a variety of sources and supporters. No matter how small or large, your donation goes a long way to supporting people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.
Fundraising provides Vision Australia with a significant proportion of our annual operating turnover, so we couldn’t support as many people as we do without your most generous contributions. Every one of us at Vision Australia greatly appreciates your contribution.
Read more about your impact in the Annual Report 2020-2021.
When vision loss starts to impact daily life, it’s time to call Vision Australia. We are vision loss experts and work with people of all ages to maximise their remaining vision. With your support we help people achieve independence, stay safe and increase their ability to participate in everyday life.