Online assistance for vision impaired to navigate NDIS launched in Vic Park

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Debra Barnes at the launch.
Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Debra Barnes at the launch.

AN online portal designed for people with vision impairment to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme was launched at VisAbility’s Perron Centre in Victoria Park on November 16.

VisAbility deputy chief executive officer Debra Barnes said My Vision My Choice was a project two years in the making.

“The centre here in Vic Park is our head office … but it’s a whole of WA resource,” she said.

VisAbility is a professional therapy service provider for people living with disability with a focus on supporting people who are blind or vision impaired.

Ms Barnes said features of the website included instructions on converting on-screen text to a larger font and converting text to voice.

“NDIS has been rolling out across WA and lots of our clients were finding it really challenging to navigate the system but also to understand the resources that were available,” she said.

“It can convert what’s on the screen to a larger font, it has the capability to convert the text to voice so that people can actually access that.

“The portal is there for other providers, NDIS planners who are working with people and gives them a deeper understanding of what it’s like living with vision impairment.”

My Vision My Choice can be accessed here.