Albury-Wodonga's blind and low vision community have been encouraged to make the most of potentially life-changing technology available to them. And Vision Australia is making it possible.
Leading blindness and low vision service provider Vision Australia recently moved to a new location in Albury, allowing it to provide improved access to the latest in specialist blindness and low vision equipment.
Katrina Daniher, Vision Australia Murrumbidgee Hume regional client services manager, said her team is excited to help more people access the technology they need
"Our new space means we can bring more of the latest technology to the region and give people who are blind or have low vision the opportunity to get hands on with it," Katrina said.
Being able to read the mail or identify medication or other household items could be the difference in someone being able to remain in their own home or not.
"Living with blindness or low vision impacts people in different ways, so it's important people have the opportunity to understand what a piece equipment does and make sure they get what they need."
For people who are blind or have low vision, Katrina said technology can often be what allows them to remain active and independent.
"Being able to read the mail or identify medication or other household items could be the difference in someone being able to remain in their own home or not. Whether it's something like a magnifier or a device that converts text to speech, we can connect people with the equipment they need and the training they need to use it correctly.
"Technology is also important outside of the home. Being blind or having low vision doesn't have to be a barrier to either work or study. There's a huge range of assistive technology like screen reading and magnification software that can help people who are blind or have low vision either at school, university or in the workplace.
"Not only can our team help people find the right assistive technology for them, we can also work with schools and workplaces to help them understand how the technology works and how they can help their students or employers to access it."
Along with allowing people to get hands on with the latest equipment, Vision Australia can also support people navigate funding options.
"For many people, the NDIS can help them with funding to purchase certain equipment, but it can be challenging to understand how the process works.
"Our team are experts at navigating the NDIS application and assessment process to make sure people can get the most out of it, including assistive technology."
Visit Vision Australia at 490 David St, Albury or phone (02) 6041 8800 or log onto visionaustralia.org for more information.