Vision Australia Election Priorities Event

Vision Australia called upon the State Government to follow in the footsteps of NSW by mandating, promoting and monitoring accessibility guidelines. Simone Stevens attended the Vision Australia Election Priorities event to hear what they had to say.

I attended the Vision Australia Election Priorities event at Parliament of Victoria on September 20th in Melbourne. It was a fun afternoon with two adorable puppies in training, Luke, who was a 5 month old golden Labrador, and Rosie, who was 11 months old Labrador. They both loved cuddles from Ministers and others when they walked through the door.

Vision Australia called upon the State Government to follow in the footsteps of NSW by mandating, promoting and monitoring accessibility guidelines. It is anticipated that the return on this investment would result in an increase in employment opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision.

Other areas that Vision Australia asked the Government to look at the Multi Purpose Taxi Program for people who are blind or have low-vision. They also asked the State Government to ensure that people who are blind or have low vision will not be worse off for travel funding under the NDIS.

Public transport was another issue that was raised at the event.  Public transport needs to include areas where guide dogs can lay down. It also needs to provide braille signage and track tiles in trams, trains and bus stops so people who are blind or have low vision can move around independently.

The highlight of the afternoon was the simulator. People were able to put on a pair of goggles and experience what it feels like for a person with partial sight

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