Skip to content Skip to menu
Main content Skip to sub menu

A great production – our Sensory Stories project takes shape

Reading is one of life’s great pleasures. There are so many benefits introducing books to children at a young age. However, for youngsters who are vision impaired or blind, it can be difficult finding books which they can truly appreciate and enjoy. VisAbility recently secured a Telethon Grant from the Channel 7 Telethon Trust to…

Read more in this story

How the ‘power of positivity’ helped Harrison through cancer of the optic-nerve

Harrison Fry’s nickname is ‘Head-banger’ – given to him by his friends because of his love of the rock group ACDC. He plays bass guitar and enjoys singing. The 22-year-old is studying at North Metropolitan TAFE for a Certificate III in Library Information Services. He enjoys research, reading online and technology and has aspirations to…

Read more in this story

Understanding Childhood Vision Impairment

By Seb Della Maddalena, Manager, Therapy and Support Services “When I first started working in vision impairment, I thought it was a narrow field (no pun intended). After a few months that perception quickly changed. Lighting is a good example to demonstrate how varied vision impairment strategies can be. Some people with vision impairment benefit…

Read more in this story

Image of the sign pointing to the rainbow shipping container artwork in Fremantle. This is an example of a visual cue

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Therapy and Support Services Manager, Seb Della Maddalena ponders how non-text cues are a part of everyday life. “Across generations, people have referred to the three Rs; Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. And yes, these are important. Emphasis is placed on developing reading skills, and rightly so, but we also shouldn’t forget the importance of pictures…

Read more in this story

The Benefits of Videoconferencing in Therapy

Why we should use video-conferencing more often in therapy By Seb Della Maddalena, Manager, Therapy and Support Services “Technologies such as video-conferencing have opened up a world of opportunity for people with disability. VisAbility Manager of Therapy and Support Services Seb Della Maddalena explores the hidden, yet most significant, benefit of video-conferencing in the delivery…

Read more in this story

Chocolate & the NDIS: Why informed choices matter

Written by Seb Della Maddalena, Manager, Therapy and Support Services. “If you didn’t know that too much chocolate wasn’t good for you, how much and what type of chocolate would you eat? White chocolate? Dark chocolate? Any chocolate? You could say some people make an ‘informed choice’ to transition to dark chocolate, in an effort to…

Read more in this story

Wayfinding Assistive Technology in the NDIS

in Be Empowered, Our Team's Vision, Stories of Independence

VisAbility’s Manager of Therapy and Support Services, Seb Della Maddalena, explores the way different assistive technologies are determined as reasonable and necessary under the NDIS. You may not have realised it, but the NDIS has changed the way that we think and speak. Five years ago, had you heard of the National Disability Insurance Scheme…

Read more in this story