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‘Power of positivity’ helps Harrison beat cancer

Behind Harrison’s easy smile lies a strength and resolve to live life fully, giving him a maturity well beyond his years. Full of gratitude and positivity – with just a hint of cheekiness – Harrison’s outlook on life is infectious. But as a young boy Harrison faced a challenge that took him to the brink of giving up. This is Harrison’s story.

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VisAbility gave me a light. I could finally see a light after disability. I could get up in the morning again.

Edwina (client)

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Strong Eyes, Strong Communities – a five year vision for the Indigenous community

The statistics don’t make comfortable reading. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely than non-Indigenous people to be blind or have low vision. They also wait much longer for cataract surgery, up to 63% longer. But now a planned initiative aims to reverse that trend and to help people experiencing vision…

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Building better relationships in aged care

VisAbility is committed in the support we offer to older Australians, ensuring our clients live the best possible life. Six years ago, the Australian Government introduced My Aged Care which was targeted to assist individuals aged 65 and over and those aged 50 or over from Torres Strait or Indigenous backgrounds. The aim of the…

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A double-degree of resilience for cheerleader Ness

“I rely on Braille technology as much as oxygen.” These are powerful words from student Ness Vlajkovic, a 21-year-old who can hardly hear or see. When she was just seven years old, Ness took charge of her first BrailleNote, a handheld computer for Braille users which enables her to communicate. This helped fuel her love…

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Man sitting in his wood working studio surrounded by woodworking tools

Between the cracks

Award winning Tasmanian Artist Duncan Meerding always had a passion for creating. When his vision deteriorated in 2005, he was left with less than 5 per cent vision concentrated around the peripheral field. At that point he didn’t think he could make anything again. ‘I was lucky enough to find out about a safety course…

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