According to the latest WHO report on disability, over one billion people in the world live with disabilities and about 80 per cent of these people live in developing countries. There exists a strong undeniable direct link between disability and poverty.
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At 32 you don’t expect to be told that you’re at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Following a Work Health Check last year, some questions about diabetes in my family, and a waist measurement, I was told that my over indulgence over the years, growing serving sizes, and inactivity has placed me at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
To be honest, I probably had an inkling that I needed glasses. Well, it had at least crossed my mind that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get my eyes tested. But did I? The short answer is no.
On Friday I was interviewed by Geraldine Coutts from Radio Australia on the growing concern over Australia's foreign aid budget. I believe Australia has an opportunity to transform the lives of millions and really make an impact on reducing global poverty. I hope the Government shares that vision and keeps its commitment to increasing foreign aid.
One of the most common questions I am asked is how do I ski given I am legally blind? Well it’s not easy but with adaptive technology I am able to get down a mountain just like anyone else.
Karen Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs Victoria talks about her experiences in the eye health and vision care sector and her passion for the work of Guide Dogs Victoria.
International Guide Dog Day is held on the last Wednesday of April each year. When Vision 2020 Australia asked Alecia to contribute a piece to celebrate this day for our blog, she was keen to spread the word about the amazing impact a guide dog can make on a person’s life.
Vision 2020 Australia worked with Evolution 7 and Scenario 7 to develop our new website to the latest WCAG 2.0 accessible criteria. As many Australian government departments and other organisations start to redevelop their sites to the new criteria, here are some tips for embarking on a successful web development process.
On National Close the Gap Day, it is a good time to highlight a practical plan ready to be implemented which will make a difference and ‘Close the Gap for Vision’.
Jennifer Gersbeck has been CEO of Vision 2020 Australia for over seven years. In her first blog post she reflects on this time and how she is continually inspired.
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