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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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