Queensland low vision support

There are so many wonderful organisations who support the low vision and blindness community. Below is a list of low vision peak bodies and low vision support groups in Queensland.

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the national representative organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired. Their purpose is to inform, connect, and empower Australians who are blind or have low vision and the broader community.

Call (Toll Free): 1800 033 660

Text: 0436 446 780

Email: bca@bca.org.au

Website: www.bca.org.au

Facebook: BCA on Facebook

Twitter: BCA on Twitter

Braille House is a voluntary association of people specialising in tactual literacy to all states of Australia.

Location: 507 Ipswich Road, Annerley QLD 4103

Postal Location: PO Box 610 Annerley QLD 4103

Telephone: 07 3848 5257

Email: coordinator@qbwa.org.au

Website: https://www.braillehouse.org.au

Access personalised services and supports throughout Queensland to live the way you want, regardless of your vision level. We can help with Guide Dog Mobility training, Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology, Occupational Therapy, and Counselling and Psychology.  We also offer Leisure and Lifestyle programs such as clay, cooking, fishing, wood carving and yoga.

Location: 1978 Gympie Rd Bald Hills QLD 4036

Postal Location: PO Box 5301, Brendale QLD 4500

Telephone: 07 3500 9001

Email: clients@guidedogsqld.com.au

Website https://qld.guidedogs.com.au

The Disability Advocacy Pathways team at Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion is a state-wide information and referral service. They aim to assist Queenslanders with disability, their families, friends, and carers, by providing referrals to advocacy and other support services as well as information to assist people to navigate systems and processes.

Telephone: 1800 130 582

Email: pathways@qai.org.au

Website:  https://disabilitypathways.org.au

The Queensland Blind Association Inc. was established by a small group of blind people in Brisbane in February 1939, just prior to the outbreak of the second World War. Over 80 years since their inception, the focus of the Association remains the same: to provide real assistance to their legally blind members so they can live in a safe social environment and in comfort within the community.

Location: White Cane House, 26 Warwick Street, Annerley QLD 4103

Postal Location: PO Box 444 Annerley QLD  4103

Telephone: 07 3848 8888

Email: info@qldblind.org.au

Website  https://www.qldblind.org.au

If you are blind or experiencing low vision, they can help you live life on your terms with tailored support.

Phone: 1300 84 74 66

Email: info@visionaustralia.org

Fax: 1300 847 329

Blind and Visually Impaired Association Gold Coast offers a comfortable and caring environment for visually impaired people to share ideas, experiences and connect with others in a similar situation. Registered volunteers also help to increase confidence and overcome challenges.

Location: 14 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters Gold Coast QLD 4218

When: Wednesday 9am to 1pm

Phone: 0452 537 459

Email: baviahouse@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baviahouse/

Website: www.bavia.org.au

Join the Boyne Low Vision group for informal catch ups with others in the low vision community.

Location: Boyne Island Community Hall, Cnr Wyndham and Hayes Avenue, Boyne Island QLD 4680

When: 10am to 12pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month

Contact Person: Cecily

Phone: 07 4973 7445

This community garden can be visited to experience plants through touch, feel and smell. Have a go at planting seeds and seedlings and harvesting herbs. This can be followed by morning or afternoon tea.

Location: 119 Haynes Road, Jensen

When: By appointment only

Contact: Chris

Phone: 0409 403 744
Email: bydahl@bigpond.com

Additional information: If you wish to become involved in the future development
of the garden and its maintenance contact Chris for more details.

Connect, Advocate, Inform, Enjoy.
Group for adults who are blind or vision impaired.

Location: The Stump Function Room. Atherton Hotel, 90 Main Street, Atherton, QLD.

When: 10:30 – 12.00, Third Tuesday of the month (February – November)

Contact: Linda
Phone: 0427 968 111

Additional information: Lunch available to purchase from thebistro/dining room. Stay and connect.

Join the Donald Simpson Community Centre Low Vision group for a relaxed social catch up. The Hearing Impaired group also meets every second Saturday of each month.

Location: Donald Simpson Community Centre, 172 Bloomfield St Cleveland QLD 4163

When: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month

Phone: 07 3821 1089

Email: contact@thedsc.com.au

Website: https://www.donaldsimpsoncentre.com.au

The Northside Low Vision community support group has met twice a month for the past 30 years, providing a vital social network and practical assistance to its members as they cope with low vision in their daily lives. Our members are part of the wider community, and their lives are improved by being able to go out and interact with others in a partly active, yet safe and friendly environment.

Location: Nundah

Contact Person: Richard Stephens

Phone: 0417 076 731

Email: richard.stephens88@gmail.com

Join the Maryborough Low Vision and Blind Persons Social Group at the local RSL for a social catch up.

Location: Local RSL 163-175 Lennox St, Maryborough QLD 4650

When: First Monday of each month

Contact: Kath

Phone: 0437 282 360

The Southside Blind and Low Vision support group provides information, support, advice, friendship and a social outlet for the low vision community and their families, friends and carers.

Location: Library Meeting Room, Garden City Shopping Centre, Cnr Logan Road and Kessels Road Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122

When: Second Tuesday of each month

Contact: Peter

Phone: 07 3345 7421 or 0402 034 749

Join the Wynnum/Manly Low Vision group for a social catch up.

Location: Brisbane Bayside, Wynnum/Manly Leagues club

When: Third Tuesday of each month

Time: 12 pm

Phone: 0411 574 840 or 07 3396 0637

The Vision Impaired Friendship group, who are sponsored by the Bundaberg Talking Newspaper, promote social interaction for people with a short or long-term vision loss.

Swish and morning tea

Location: Bundaberg and District Family Centre, Kensington Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

When: 9am to 11.30am on the first and second Thursday of each month and 9am to 11.30am on the fourth Monday of each month.

Contact Person: Gail Zunker

Phone: 0467 593 262

Cost: No cost for Swish

Social meeting, games, morning tea and lunch

Location: Bundaberg and District Family Centre, Kensington Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

When: 9.30am to 12.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month

Contact: Gail Zunker or Joyce Donghi

Phone: 0467 593 262 or 07 4154 4149

Cost: Morning tea and lunch is $10

Additional information: Transport can be organised

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