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Support for adults Achieve your personal independence goals

Everyone wants independence. Whether you have had a change in vision or experienced low vision long-term, it’s important that you have the right skills and support to achieve your goals in life.

Travel confidently to university or work, prepare a favourite family meal, use technology, pick up the kids from school or connect with other people in your community — whatever you need to make your life more independent, we will support you to make it happen.

Achieve real outcomes Skills to live the way you want to

  • Partner with a Guide Dog and participate in Guide Dog Mobility training to become more confident moving through life.
  • Work with Occupational Therapists to identify personal goals and learn practical skills to achieve them. These can include cooking, caring for your family, living independently at home, and managing your own financial transactions.
  • If you’ve experienced a change in vision through accident or injury to the brain, explore new skills for new life circumstances with Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Services. Maximise your remaining vision, learn to move through different environments and communicate with people in the community.
  • Use devices to make life easier in Technology Training. Whether it’s your smartphone or a specific aid like GPS devices, improve your confidence with technology that suits your needs.
  • Connect with others and socialise with the community through Peer Support.
  • You may be eligible for financial support through the NDIS, meaning the costs of your support could be covered.
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Rory and Guide Dog Gideon A story of support

Rory is in his early 40s. After arriving home from a family holiday, he experienced pain in his left ear, which led to meningitis. Four days later, Rory lost his sight.

After his experience, Rory came to Guide Dogs Victoria and the Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Service to increase his independence by learning long cane skills. Having completed the initial training, Rory decided to further his independence and mobility by partnering with a Guide Dog through Guide Dog Mobility ServicesThis is when he met, and was matched, with Gideon. 

“Gideon has changed my life, giving me the confidence and independence to go out, to take the boys to the library or pick them up from school. My life has changed dramatically in a relatively short period of time because of Guide Dogs Victoria.”

Read Rory and Gideon’s story

Funding Get financial support

You may be able to access funding and assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This will help cover the costs of support and training programs. Regardless of whether you are eligible or not, we work hard to offer all people with low vision or blindness access to our services. Be reassured, we will always provide support regardless of your financial situation.

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Free planning for the NDIS Support Coordinators

Support coordinators offer a free pre-planning service for anyone considering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). With a support coordinator, you can easily understand your eligibility, cut through the jargon, and get your plan together. Support coordinators work with you to set clear goals, define your needs, and reach the outcomes that enable you to live the life you want. The pre-planning service provided by support coordinators is also available if you are coming up to plan renewal.

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Referrals Request a service

If you are hoping to access support for someone you know, we welcome referrals from friends, family members, and a wide range of health professionals.

For more information on accessing support, training programs, or to start improving or regaining your independence:

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