Program to Improve Access to Print Materials

A young girl and her Mother look closely at a mobile phone. The girl is accessing a digital bookVisAbility is one of two service providers to be included in the Federal Government’s Print Disability Services Program (link opens in new window) for 2021-2024.

In the new program, the Federal Government is providing $5.7 million to produce alternative formats of printed and digital material to meet the needs of people living with a print disability.

This program sees the support and strengthening of VisAbility’s vision of independence for people living with low or no vision and more specifically, the improvement of Australians’ access to printed products.

VisAbility’s Accessible Information Services and Library Services currently provide a range of options for alternative materials.

The funding will be used to support the growth and development of these services, ensuring the continued production and conversion of materials into Braille, large print, tactical graphics and e-text as well as audio files and DAISY readers.

“The Print Disability Services Program plays an integral part in our mission to shape a world where people with disability are given the same range of options, same level of freedom, and same control over their day-to-day life and decisions as any other person.” Said Kary Macliver, Executive Manager Client Services.

The Federal Government recognises the need for the removal of barriers for people living with a print disability, increasing their ease of participation in the community and access to communication and information.

Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons MP said that VisAbility in Victoria Park would benefit greatly from the funding. “I am pleased that a local organisation in Victoria Park that does so much good in the local community will be able to enhance its services to local people,” Mr Irons said.

Accessibility workshops for businesses

We offer a range of accessibility training and workshops, aimed at businesses and organisations which employ or offer services for people with vision impairment or disability. These can be offered online or face-to-face (WA only)

These include:

How to get support

Please complete the form below to make an initial enquiry about the low vision services and support we can provide. Our Client Experience Team will contact you to discuss your individual needs both now and into the future.

If you are a provider and wish to refer a client, please use our low vision medical certificate (online referral form) to make your referral.

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