Info for Health Professionals
RVIB - Working with People who have Vision Loss
This booklet has been developed as a guide for those who work with people at home, at work and in residential facilities (such as retirement homes, hostels and nursing homes). As you may be aware, there are many causes of vision impairment and peoples experiences with a vision disability can vary greatly, both functionally and emotionally. However, with information and support, most people can lead active and independent lives in their own community.
This booklet provides:
- strategies for recognising when someone may have a vision impairment
- an introduction to the major causes of vision impairment
- strategies on how to support people with a vision impairment
- information on where to seek further assistance
This publication is available in braille, audio tape, computer disk, and on home page www.rvib.org.au
Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Ltd ACN 053 864 841 CCSA Doc.61
Victorian Disability Services Standards
RVIB is guided by the principles of the Victorian Disability Services Standards.
1 - Service Access
Each consumer seeking a service has access to a service on the basis of relative need and available resources.
2 - Individual Needs
Each consumer receives a service, which is designed to meet, in the least restrictive way, his or her individual needs and personal goals.
3 - Decision Making and Choice
Each consumer has the ability to participate as fully as possible in making decisions about the events and activities of his or her daily life in relation to the services he or she receives.
4 - Privacy, Dignity, Confidentiality
Each consumerâ€™s right to privacy, dignity and confidentiality in all aspects of his or her life is recognised and respected.
5 - Participation and Integration
Each consumer is supported and encouraged to participate and be involved in the life of the community.
6 - Valued Status
Each consumer has the opportunity to develop and maintain skills and to participate in activities that enable him or her to achieve valued roles in the community.
7 - Complaints and Disputes
Each consumer is free to raise and have resolved, any complaints or disputes he or she may have regarding the service provider or the service.
8 - Service Management
Each service provider adopts sound management practices which maximise outcomes for consumers.
9 - Freedom from Abuse and Neglect
Each consumer has the right to be free from physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse and neglect.
Table of Contents
Recognising vision loss
Causes and effects of vision loss
Daily living tips
Moving safely around the environment
How can RVIB help?
Referring to RVIB
Karen McKenzie and Paula Stroud
First published March 1999
Revised September 2001
For a full copy of the following document please contact the RVIB at the address below.
Information and Referrals Unit
557 St Kilda Road
Free call 1800 33 5588
Fax: (03) 9529 3589
TTY: (03) 9521 2719
Material may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes. In such cases a full acknowledgement to the RVIB is requested.