Building Positive Impact Together
Every dollar you raise helps achieve a positive impact for people living with blindness and low vision to live their lives with the independence they seek. That in turn promotes real social inclusion.
Emotional support and groups for social inclusion
Occupational therapists for independence
Mobility specialists to stay safe and get around
Orthoptists to assess functional vision and make recommendations
Education and employment support to achieve aspirations
Aids and equipment from our shop to improve daily living
Technology and training to stay connected
Early intervention, children's and adolescents' specialised services
Seeing Eye Dogs for independence
Audio books and library for leisure and learning
Helpful information and advice for clients and families
My Aged Care and NDIS experts to maximise funding
The Year in Numbers
In 2019-20 you and thousands of like-minded fundraisers helped make this possible. We couldn’t support as many people as we do without your most generous support. So many people have been helped in so many ways.
hours of occupational therapy provided
clients accessed library services
inquires to our Access Technology help line
hours of access technology service provided
raised at the 2019 Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight to support 1,961 children
833 clients participated in
hours of recreation support services
Vision Australia clients (including retail, library)
print pages converted into accessable formats:
98,700 braille master pages
15,835 e-text pages
66,200 large print pages
4,020 tactual graphics
2,341 active volunteers contributed
hours of time
NSW Spectacles Program delivered
spectacles to 37,479 clients
Highlights from 2019-20
Paul Kapeleris, legally blind since birth, plays piano at Carols by Candlelight 2019. As Carols by Candlelight Ambassador, 23-year-old Paul thrilled audiences with a stunning rendition of Silent Night.
Local children enjoyed exploring our Feelix Library kits at a community event in Wollongong. Feelix kits come with items that give children a tactile experience of the story (in the photo, it’s a toy cow and bucket), and are one of the many ways children who live with blindness, low vision, or any other print disability, are able to access written material.
Vision Australia paediatric occupational therapist, Hannah Sutherland, and clients Liam and Isaac standing beside a new braille sign at the all-abilities playground in Luke’s Place, in Corrimal, NSW.e.
Gordon Gray holding his winning work of art in the 2020 Vision Australia calendar artwork competition. Gordon is one of 15 artists who are blind or have low vision whose artwork was published in the 2020 calendar and diary.
2019 Vision Australia Award winners, from left to right, David Hodgson, Nadia Mattiazzo, and Tim Boyle.These annual awards identify, celebrate and thank the generous organisations and individuals who give their time and resources to support our work.
16-year-old Matthew with NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward, at NSW’s Parliament House. Both Matthew and Gareth were born with oculocutaneous albinism.
Seeing Eye Dogs senior puppy development trainer, Kim Rulach, and puppy development manager, Jane Bradley, were at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station on February 14 – otherwise known as PALentine’s Day – raising awareness of our Puppy Caring program.
Children in Newcastle took part in lightsaber battles with combat theatre company, the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy as part of a local school holiday program for children who are blind or have low vision.
When vision loss starts to impact daily life, it’s time to call Vision Australia. We are vision loss experts and work with people of all ages to maximise their remaining vision. With your support we help people achieve independence, stay safe and increase their ability to participate in everyday life.