What are Neurological Vision Services?
The human brain plays a major role in processing what we see.
It also determines how we understand visual information in the world around us. As a result, a brain injury or event—usually caused by something like a stroke, head injury, nerve-damage, or tumour—can change a person’s vision and affect the way you move through the world.
Regardless of how a brain injury happens, readjusting to daily life with a change in vision can be a challenge.
Neurological Vision Services reduce the challenges of adjusting to life by equipping you with valuable skills for-day-to-day living at home and in the community. These skills ensure you can stay as independent as possible after a major neurological event.
What sort of skills can I learn through Neurological Vision Services?
Your Neurological Vision Services could include:
- Learning scanning techniques to make the most of your remaining vision
- Improving your understanding of your change in vision and how it might impact on daily tasks
- Strategies to assist you in dealing with a change in vision
- Applying your skills in different settings, from the hospital or your home to getting out into the community
- Learning different ways to cross the road safely
- Techniques to use public transport with confidence
- Planning and problem-solving skills you can use while travelling independently
- Learning to use technology and other aids to make tasks easier.
Every brain injury is different.
Our training is tailored to suit your personal story and support you to achieve your specific goals.
The first step toward your goals is usually an assessment. This helps us to understand your unique needs and goals in detail before training begins.
Once our team of specialists has a detailed understanding of your situation—and what you hope to achieve—we can work towards achieving your goals together.
Who is involved in providing my services?
Access a range of experts to support your unique situation.
The Neurological Vision Services team is made up of different specialists to ensure we understand every aspect of the challenges and goals that are specific to you.
Your team can include Orientation and Mobility Specialists & Occupational Therapists. We can also connect you with other specialists in the community, like Optometrists, Physiotherapists, Counsellors, Neuropsychologists and Audiologists.
Regardless of who’s involved in your team or the goals you’re working towards, training will take place in the environment that best suits you. It could be in a hospital, your home, or out in the community, depending on your requirements.
What funding can I use to receive Neurological Vision Services?
Guide Dogs is a registered NDIS provider and Aged Care provider.
This means many people can access Neurological Vision Services through their NDIS plan or Home Care package. Find out more about funding programs and supports.
We understand that sometimes people who need services may not be eligible to receive government funding.
If you have low vision or blindness and you do not have access to external funding, we will support you. We will understand your goals and develop a plan to achieve them, using funding provided by generous donations from the community.
How do I find out further information?
Get in contact to start the conversation.
To find further information about our Neurological Vision Services, you can:
We welcome referrals and enquiries from individuals, families, health professionals and community organisations.