Vision Australia partners with Bunnings Cannington to promote Book Week

Seeing eye dog instructor crouching Kay Whitely holding Sky, Annaliese Verkuylen holding Arthur, and Leon Verkuylen holding Lucy.
Seeing eye dog instructor crouching Kay Whitely holding Sky, Annaliese Verkuylen holding Arthur, and Leon Verkuylen holding Lucy.

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation that supports people with blindness and impaired eyesight had a visionary way to celebrate the importance of reading books this year.

Vision Australia spent Book Week in August teaming up with local groups and businesses to showcase the importance of storytelling as an inclusive activity.

The organisation teamed up with Cannington Bunnings to raise awareness around the different ways to read and experience books by running a storytelling session with a client who is completely blind.

Leon Verkuylen, Darcie Macguire, Sharnee Wilson and Annaliese Verkuylen.

Client Narelle Spaans read stories written in Braille, from the Vision Australia Feelix Library Kits, to children who also got the chance to meet and pat labrador puppies training to become seeing eye dogs.

Vision Australia Perth Regional Business Manager Donna Fahie said there were several ways in which kids could enjoy reading or being read to and this was a great way to show the sighted community that people who are blind or have low vision are also able to enjoy and read books.

The organisation supports more than 27,500 Australians of all ages who are blind or have impaired vision.