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Australia


Association for the Blind of Western Australia

61 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park 6100, Western Australia.
Contact person: Dr. Clare Allen
Tel: +61 8 9311 8202
Fax: +61 8 9361 8696
Email: jodie.bruce@guidedogswa.com.au
Web: www.guidedogswa.com.au
Activities: Adaptive technology and nationally recognised training; low vision centre; family and children's services; occupational therapists; social workers; orientation and mobility; recreation; braille and talking book library. The Association is the official provider of guide dogs in Western Australia.

 

Aurora School
96 Holland Road, Blackburn South, Victoria 3130, Australia.
Tel: +61 3 8878 9878
Fax: +61 3 8878 9800
Email: aurora.sch@edumail.vic.gov.au
Web: www.auroraschool.vic.edu.au
Activities: Aurora School is a Department of Education school which specialises in early intervention and early education programs for deaf children and deafblind children. The school provides three speciality programs: early intervention, early education and deafblind education. The early intervention program aims to provide parents with support, knowledge and skills they neeed to promote their children's development, especially their communication and language development, during the early years. The early education program specialises in education programs for young deaf children from three years of age. There is a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills and effective use of both expressive and receptive language. The deafblind education program offers specialised education for students aged three to eighteen years, who have visual and hearing impairments and communication difficulties.

 

Australian Blindness Forum
c/o National Disability Services, Locked Bag 3002, Deakin West, ACT 2600, Australia.
Contact person: Tony Starkey
Tel: +61 8 8223 6222
Fax: +61 8 8223 7836
Email: tstarkey@rsb.org.au; gabrielle.mullen@nds.org.au
Web: www.australianblindnessforum.org.au

 

Australian Deafblind Council (ADBC)
PO Box 1213, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia.
Contact person: Alisa Wills
Tel: +61 3 9882 8596
Fax: +61 3 9882 9210
Email: info@deafblind.org.au
Web: www.deafblind.org.au
Activities: The purpose of ADBC is to be a national council representing people who are deafblind, their support networks and organisations working in the field. Its objectives are: to encourage self-organisation and self-determination by people who are deafblind; to serve as a national assembly for meetings, communication and interchange; to provide a forum for collective expression and discussion; to work for improvement throughout Australia in education, health, welfare, rehabilitation, employment and recreation for deafblind people; to cooperate with kindred organisations such as the NFBCA and the Deafness Forum; to disseminate information; to solicit support from government at various levels for people with deafblindness.

 

Blind Citizens Australia
Level 3, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia.
Contact person: Robyn Gaile
Tel: +61 3 9654 1400
Fax: +61 3 9650 3200
Email: bca@bca.org.au; robyn.mckenzie@bca.org.au
Web: www.bca.org.au
Activities: The united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

 

Blind Welfare Association of South Australia Inc
1 Cameron Avenue Gilles Plains, PO Box 163, Greenacres, South Australia 5086.
Telephone: 08 8367 6088 Fax: 08 8369 0063
Contact person: Mr. Len Cloither, General Manager
Tel: +61 8 8367 6088
Fax: +61 8 8369 0063
Email: info@blindwelfare.org.au
Web: www.blindwelfare.org.au
Activities: The Blind Welfare Association of South Australia is a committed team focusing on providing support to South Australia's vision impaired through a variety of ways including, residential accommodation, financial support through loans and subsidies, in home support and centre based activities.

 

CanDo4Kids - Townsend House Incorporated
Street address: Townsend House, 28 King George Ave, Hove 5048, South Australia.
Postal address: PO Box 43, Brighton 5048, South Australia.
Contact person: Claire Cotton, Community Services Manager
Tel: +61 8 8298 0900
Fax: +61 8 8377 1933
Email: info@cando4kids.com.au
Web: www.cando4kids.com.au
Activities: To provide therapy, recreation, technology, training and support services to children and young people who have a sensory impairment, including those who have a communication disorder, and their families across SA. To support them to become as independent as possible and to assist young people to have greater access to education and employment so that they can achieve an enhanced quality of life.

 

CBM Australia
PO Box 348, Box Hill, Victoria 3128, Australia.
Contact person: Mr. John Jeffries, National Director
Tel: +61 3 8843 4401
Fax: +61 3 8843 4545
Email: cbmiaus@cbmi.org.au
Web: www.cbmi.org.au
Activities: CBM is an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

 

Deafblind Association (NSW) Inc
PO Box 1295, Strathfield, New South Wales 2135, Australia.
Contact person: Janne Bidenko, Public Officer
Tel: +61 2 9744 0160
Fax: +61 2 9744 0171
Web: www.dbansw.org.au
Activities: Advocacy; Monthly social outings ; Monthly Newsletter "Rainbow News"; Monthly committee meetings; Contact with other national and international Deafblind Organisations; Liaison with all sensory and other disability services; Lobbying for funding for people who are deafblind.

 

Deafblind International (DbI)
c/o Senses Foundation, PO Box 143, Burswood, WA 6100, Australia.
Contact person: Elvira Edwards
Tel: +61 8 9473 5400
Fax: +61 8 9473 5499
Email: secretariat@deafblindinternational.org
Web: www.deafblindinternational.org
Activities: Promotes services for deafblind people. Brings together professionals, researchers, families, deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness. Publishes a journal, provides information in various media including on the internet, encouragement and development of networks providing access to support from international development agencies, and supporting events.

 

Disability Information and Resource Centre Inc
195 Gilles Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.
Tel: +61 8 8223 7522
Email: dirc@dircsa.org.au
Web: www.dircsa.org.au

 

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
PO Box 1965, North Sydney, New South Wales 2059, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9412 9300
Fax: +61 2 9412 9388
Email: chatswood@guidedogs.com.au
Web: www.guidedogs.com.au
Activities: Providing guide dogs to people with vision impairment is only a fraction of our services. We provide advice, assessments and training for the blind and vision impaired community of New South Wales and ACT.

 

Guide Dogs Association of SA.NT
251 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000, Southern Australia.
Tel: +61 8 8203 8333
Fax: +61 8 8203 8332
Email: info@guidedogs.org.au
Web: www.guidedogs.org.au
Activities: Orientation and mobility training to allow people with vision impairment to travel independently. Guide dog training. Education and training in the use of mobility aids. Mobility aids for the blind and vision impaired - including guide dogs, electronic devices, identification, support and collapsible canes. Public education and awareness for medical/paramedical professionals, schools community groups. SEETEC Assessment and training for people with vision impairment as a result of a neurological incident (e.g. stroke or head injury). The Association also has a vision impairment unit in Darwin (NT). All aids and instruction are provided free of charge to the individual.

 

Guide Dogs Victoria
Private Bag 13, Kew, Victoria 3101, Australia.
Contact person: Brian Ritter, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +61 3 9854 4444
Fax: +61 3 9854 4500
Web: www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au
Activities: Guide Dogs Victoria is committed to providing quality services for people with vision impairments that will enable them to enjoy safety, independence and equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities. Our services, delivered by integrated teams of professionals, supported by skilled volunteers, include: Breeding and training of Guide Dogs; Guide Dog Mobility; Neurological Mobility; Children's Mobility; Intensive Orientation and Mobility; Occupational Therapy; Community education and awareness.

 

Guide Dogs Queensland
PO Box 50, Bald Hills, Queensland 4036, Australia.
Contact name: Chris Laine, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +61 7 3261 7555
Fax: +61 7 3261 7500
Web: www.guidedogsqld.com.au
Activities: Guide Dogs Queensland provides mobility services to blind and vision impaired Queenslanders. Services include guide dog breeding, training and placement; orientation and mobility training, including long cane, identification cane and support cane training; special education programs for children; low viision clinics, pets as therapy; visiting pet program; Community and professional education workshops. All services are provided free of charge and delivered from regional offices throughout the state.

 

Hear A Book Service, Inc.
PO Box 229, North Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia.
Contact person: John L Gard, General Manager
Tel: +61 3 6234 1101
Fax: +61 3 6234 2382
Email: hearbook@netspace.net.au
Web: www.hearabook.org.au
Activities: Production and supply of recorded books for people with print disabilities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Books available through the Public Library system.

 

Queensland Blind Association Inc
PO Box 444, Annerley, Queensland 4103, Australia.
Contact person: Ms. Stella Haralampou
Tel: +61 73 848 8888
Fax: +61 73 848 6989
Email: qba@qba.asn.au
Web: www.qba.asn.au
Activities: The objective of the Queensland Blind Association is to maximise the potential of a blind person's physical, social and emotional environment so that each person may live comfortably within the general community. The Association provides financial assistance towards home ownership and maintenance, adaptive technology and in cases of hardship assistance for the necessities of life. Families with school-aged children receive a grant at the start of each year to help with the purchase of schoolbooks and uniforms. We offer for sale low vision and talking products for independent living.

 

Queensland Braille Writing Association
Braille House, 507 Ipswich Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4103, Australia.
Contact person: Barbara Oziganow, Coordinator
Tel: +61 7 3848 5257
Fax: +61 7 3848 8099
Email: qbwa@bigpond.com
Web: www.e-bility.com/qbwa/
Activities: Braille reading and writing, and Moon reading taught to adults; Free lending libraries for braille and Moon; Transcriptions into braille done on request.

 

Royal Guide Dogs Association of Tasmania
PO Box 82, North Hobart, Tasmania 7002, Australia.
Contact person: Dan English
Tel: +61 3 6232 1222
Fax: +61 3 6232 1221
Email: admin@guidedogstas.com.au
Web: www.guidedogstas.com.au
Activities: Orientation and mobility, instrumental activities of daily living, adaptive technology; guide dog services. Royal Guide Dogs Association of Tasmania is the sole specialist service provider of services for people who are blind or vision impaired in Tasmania.

 

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia.
Contact name: Chris Rehn, Chief Executive
Tel: +61 2 9871 1233
Fax: +61 2 9871 2196
Email: info@ridbc.org.au; online@ridbc.org.au
Web: www.ridbc.org.au
Activities: Education and therapy services for children with vision or hearing loss (including children with additional disabilities). Services include a comprehensive assessment and planning service, a centre-based and home-based early learning service, a rural and remote area early education service via videoconference, preschool programs, mainstream preschool support programs, the conduct of special schools, an itinerant teacher support service, alternative format publications and a diagnostic audiology centre. In affiliation with University of Newcastle, we conduct a centre for research and professional study in the education of children with sensory impairment. This includes a Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) which is offered on campus and by distance education.

 

Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia
Knapman House, 230 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000, South Australia.
Contact person: Andrew Daly
Tel: +61 8 8223 5599
Fax: +61 8 8223 7836
Email: mail@rsb.org.au
Web: www.rsb.org.au
Activities: With more than 12,000 clients, the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is the largest provider of free services to people who are blind or vision impaired in South Australia. The RSB's aim is to help people who experience severe vision loss to live full and independent lives. The RSB has eight offices throughout South Australia, including a Corporate Office and Low Vision Centre in Adelaide, three metropolitan and three regional outlets. All RSB services are provided free of charge to clients, including Low Vision Services, Employment Services, Child & Youth Services, Digital Library Service, Print Alternatives, Orientation & Mobility, Recreation & Leisure, Counselling & Support, Volunteer Services and the RSB Guide Dog Service.

 

St Edmund's School
60 Burns Road, PO Box 582, Wahroonga, New South Wales 2076, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9487 1044
Fax: +61 2 9489 0069
Email:
principal@stedmunds.nsw.edu.au
Web:
www.stedmunds.nsw.edu.au
Activities
: St. Edmund's School is a Year 7 - 12 co-educational High School for students with vision impairment and other special needs.

 

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia
17 Barrett Street, Kensington, Victoria 3031, Australia.
Contact person: Leigh Garwood
Tel: +61 3 9381 6400
Fax: +61 3 9381 6464
Web: www.seda.com.au
Activities: To enhance the mobility and independence of blind or vision impaired people throughout Australia by providing seeing eye dogs, mobility training and rehabilitation services. Also located in New South Wales and Queensland.

 

Senses Australia
11 Kitchener Avenue, Burswood, WA 6100, Australia.
Contact person: Debbie Karasinski, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +61 8 9473 5400
Fax: +61 8 9473 5499
Email: admin@senses.org.au
Web: www.senses.org.au
Activities: The Senses Foundation is a charitable, not for profit organisation providing disability support services to people of all ages throughout Western Australia. Senses Foundation’s unique service specialty is the provision of services to people who are deafblind. Our focus is on providing excellent services within the person centered and family centered framework. We pride ourselves on our “enabling” philosophy, developing new and innovative services which encourage maximum self direction for the person with disability and their family. Examples of services include accommodation support, respite, therapy, deafblind services, recreation, information, training and being a resource in deafblindness to other organisations.

 

South Australian School for Vision Impaired
1B Duncan Avenue, Park Holme, SA 5043, Australia.
Contact person: Ms Sheila Klinger, Principal
Tel: +61 8 8277 5255
Fax: +61 8 8277 5051
Email: dl.1014.admin@schools.sa.edu.au; sheila.klinger850@schools.sa.edu.au
Web: www.sasvi.sa.edu.au/
Activities: South Australian School for Vision Impaired is a specialist facility which provides the Australian curriculum to children who are blind or severely vision impaired. In addition, SASVI provides a number of additional subjects to further support the development of the student’s independence. These form the expanded core curriculum and include braille, orientation and mobility, social skills, independent living skills, and technology. For students who attend their local school, advisory teachers from the SASVI school support services provide the technology and skills to assist staff and students. There is an alternate print production which produces braille and large print and a resource centre, both of which provide resources for all vision impaired students in South Australia. There are also two secondary programs based in Charles Campbell College and Seaview High School.

 

South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI)
c/o 1B Duncan Avenue, Park Holme, SA 5043, Australia.
Contact person: Tim Crowe-Mai, President
Tel: +61 8 8277 5255
Email: tim.crowemai74@schools.sa.edu.au
Web: www.spevi.net/spevi/index.php
Activities: South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment - SPEVI - acts as the professional body in matters pertaining to the education of people with a vision impairment within the South Pacific region.

 

Statewide Vision Resource Centre
PO Box 201, Nunawading, Victoria 3131, Australia.
Contact person: Deb Lewis, Manager
Tel: +61 3 9841 0242
Fax: +61 3 9841 0878
Email: svrc@svrc.vic.edu.au
Web: www.svrc.vic.edu.au
Activities: For registered students with vision impairments and those who support them. Offers professional development and workshops to visiting teachers, class teachers, teaching assistants, parents and students with vision impairments. Maintains lending library and resource collection for use by students and professionals. Produces alternative format materials for use by registered students braille, large print, audio tape, tactile graphics, e-text. Library of teacher reference, teaching aids, specialized equipment, alternative format materials.

 

Villa Maria Disability Services and Aged Care
6 Studley Park Road, Locked Bag 20, Kew, Victoria 3101, Australia.
Tel: +61 3 9854 5111
Email: villamaria@villamaria.com.au
Web: www.villamaria.com.au
Activities: People with a disability have special needs that must be met. Villa Maria's services for people with a disability meet these needs across the whole continuum of life. Villa Maria offers the following services for people with a disability: Shared Accommodation and Support Services; Disability Support; Disability Respite; Ageing with a Disability; Homefirst; Adult Day Programs - Gateway Kew, Mount Waverley and Wantirna; Education - St. Paul's College, incorporating Early Childhood Intervention Services; and Support Services.

 

Vision Australia
454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong, Victoria 3144, Australia.
Contact person: Ron Hoooton, CEO; Dr Kevin Murfitt, Chairman
Tel: +62 1 1300 84 74 66
Fax: +62 1 1300 847 329
Email: info@visionaustralia.org
Web: www.visionaustralia.org.au
Activities: Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life. Vision Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with client numbers of 50,000 and we are also a major participant and partner in the international blindness community. We provide services and support for clients through 28 Vision Australia centres in NSW, ACT, Queensland and Victoria. Clinics are also held in 29 other locations and there are outreach services to the Northern Territory and Tasmania. We assist children and adults to experience life to its fullest. We do this by developing practical solutions to everyday challenges, providing comprehensive training and enabling easy access to information. Vision Australia offers products and services in low vision, DeafBlindness, independent living including orientation and mobility, employment, child development, recreation, information and library services, technology and training. was formed following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS) in July 2004. Our organisation was further expanded in December 2006 through the amalgamation of Royal Blind Foundation Queensland and November 2007, Hear a Book, a Tasmanian producer of audio books, also joined us. In July 2008 Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) merged with Vision Australia making Vision Australia the only national provider of dog guide services.

 



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