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Library Services Appeal

“Being able to access information online is life-changing for a blind person.The potential that this specialised library has to open up opportunities is unbelievable.” Frank Nowlan, 71, who has been blind since he was 3 months old

Access to information is a fundamental human right. Please consider giving a donation today so we can continue to provide the specialised services that people like Frank rely on every day.

For people who are blind or have low vision, having access to information is one of the most important ways for them to be in touch with what’s happening in the world

Frank has been using Vision Australia’s services since he was a baby when a severe case of the measles took away his sight.

When people who are blind or have low vision miss out on accessing everyday things things like checking a bus timetable or catching up with the latest news - it can leave them feeling totally isolated.

Today only 5% of all published printed information is available in an alternative format, such as braille.

If you agree that this situation is unjust and would like to help connect more people like Frank to the information that they’ve every right to have, please support our work today.

Your generosity will enable us to continue and grow our specialised library services to deliver newspapers, books, magazines and other publications in a variety of formats, such as audio and braille - all free of charge.

For students, we provide their text books in formats so they can keep up with their fellow students and gain a better chance of securing a job.

Frank received training from Vision Australia, all of which he says has vastly improved his quality of life.

“My instructor taught me how to use the internet. That was a life-changing experience, just to see the range of information that’s available online.”

Access to information is a fundamental human right. But we receive very little funding from the government to keep our library service going, and there are thousands of Australians who are relying on our help, and your help, to stay connected with their community.

Frank knows how much of an impact your generosity will have on the lives of thousands of Australians who are blind or have low vision.

“The services that Vision Australia provides are so central and so important to blind people - they can be totally life-changing.”

Only with your support can we continue to provide services to thousands of people like Frank.

Your gift today can be made securely online, or by calling 1800 42 20 77. Thank you kindly.

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