Of­fice ful­fils vi­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME SITE | NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

VI­SION Aus­tralia has opened its first Townsville of­fice, boost­ing ser­vices avail­able in the re­gion to peo­ple who are blind or have low vi­sion.

The cen­tre, lo­cated in Pim­lico’s med­i­cal precinct on Full­ham Rd, was of­fi­cially opened last week.

It also has Aus­tralia’s first out­door pae­di­atric ori­en­ta­tion and mo­bil­ity fa­cil­ity.

Vi­sion Aus­tralia re­gional man­ager La­ree Verra said the or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fered sup­port, ser­vices and equip­ment to help peo­ple live in­de­pen­dently, travel safely in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and fur­ther afield, and stay con­nected with their friends and fam­ily through tech­nol­ogy.

“We have been sup­port­ing peo­ple in Townsville and the sur­round­ing re­gional com­mu­ni­ties for a num­ber of years through out­reach ser­vices,” she said.

“Due to in­creas­ing de­mand we have es­tab­lished a per­ma­nent pres­ence.

“Our team is very ex­cited about as­sist­ing peo­ple of all ages to meet the goals they set for them­selves through­out life and ac­cess fund­ing through the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme and My Aged Care to meet their spe­cific needs.

“Im­por­tantly, we con­nect peo­ple with oth­ers who are blind or have low vi­sion.

“Many peo­ple tell us that be­ing able to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and learn from oth­ers is in­valu­able.”

Townsville mum Hai­ley Brown’s two daugh­ters, aged five and nine months, both have al­binism and she said Vi­sion Aus­tralia had been crit­i­cal in sup­port­ing the fam­ily.

“A range of ther­a­pists have worked with Ar­liyah on her spe­cific needs and we have formed life­long re­la­tion­ships with the team,” she said.

“Macken­zie, our third child, also has al­binism and we were faced with the same fears we had for Ar­liyah.

“But know­ing how Vi­sion Aus­tralia has played such a big part in Ar­liyah’s life and helped her reach her full po­ten­tial, we felt re­lieved that Macken­zie would re­ceive the same sup­port.

“The as­sis­tance we have re­ceived from Vi­sion Aus­tralia has been crit­i­cal in get­ting Ar­liyah to where she is to­day.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call Vi­sion Aus­tralia on 4434 5800.

BIG HELP: Mum Hai­ley Brown of Kir­wan with daugh­ters Ar­liyah, 5, and Macken­zie, 9 months.

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