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Dialogue in the Dark - Revolutionising the way Australians perceive blindness, promoting diversity and inclusion for all.

Dialogue in the Dark - Revolutionising the way Australians perceive blindness, promoting diversity and inclusion for all.

Karlie Gartner

After more than 25 years, 132 cities, 39 countries and over 10 million guests, Dialogue in the Dark™ opened its doors at the District Docklands in Melbourne in June 2017. Read more →

Building Stronger Futures Program

Building Stronger Futures Program

Belinda Wilson

The Building Stronger Futures Program run by Vision Australia prepares young people aged 15-24 with blindness or low vision to be job ready. Belinda Wilson Vision Australia Building Stronger Future Program Lead tells us more. Read more →

 Wonky windows: Understanding the imperfect cornea

Wonky windows: Understanding the imperfect cornea

Dr Srujana Sahebjada

Keratoconus is a disease in which the cornea (the clear front window of the eye) progressively thins and begins to bulge and protrude.  Read more →

International Day of People with Disabilities: Include Us

International Day of People with Disabilities: Include Us

Elle Spring

Globally, one billion people have a disability, and 80 per cent live in developing countries. In developing countries, women comprise three quarters of people with disabilities. Read more →

An Interview with Tom Thurlow

An Interview with Tom Thurlow

Angela Yin

14 November 2017 was World Diabetes Day. People with diabetes have an increased risk of diabetic eye disease which can lead to blindness or vision impairment. Read more →

“It’s the Ophthalmology Express!”

“It’s the Ophthalmology Express!”

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies Policy and Advocacy Adviser at Vision 2020 Australia writes about the 49th Annual Scientific Congress of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Read more →

Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day

Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day, making vision count and how the ability for people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in society has changed for the better thanks to technology. Read more →

Diabetic retinopathy: My brush with blindness

Diabetic retinopathy: My brush with blindness

Jamie Duncan

Jamie Duncan, Vision Australia writer/editor, had never been to an optometrist despite living with diabetes. In this blog he writes about losing his sight in his 30s. Read more →

Australian carers need to put their eye health first

Australian carers need to put their eye health first

Julie Heraghty

With a large percentage of Australian’s aged 50 to 64 focused on providing care to their family, they are losing sight of their own eye health, explains Julie Heraghty, CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia. Read more →

Why is funding for pay television being prioritised over funding for audio description on free-to-air television?

Why is funding for pay television being prioritised over funding for audio description on free-to-air television?

John Simpson

People who are blind or live with vision loss are asking why the Australian Government is funding pay television instead of audio description services, writes John Simpson, President of Blind Citizens Australia. Read more →

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