Find your way to independence

Are you hoping to safely make dinner at home, or for friends or family? Would you like to choose your clothes with confidence before you head out for the day? Perhaps you’d like to take up gardening and remove the weeds from your lawn? If vision impairment is holding you back from achieving your daily goals, Occupational Therapy can help you develop these skills and more.

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who can support you to achieve your goals in everyday life at home, work, or school; whatever your age and whatever your level of vision.

‘Everyday life’ can mean something different for every person. If you have a specific skill you’d like to learn as part of your routine, we can create a program so that you can master it. From following your favourite recipes or doing your makeup, to managing your banking or using the computer, our vision-specialist Occupational Therapists ensure you can approach your day with confidence.

A little girl is cuddling her grandfather while sits at a desk writing.

Skills to enhance your daily routine

Occupational Therapists can enable you to perform all kinds of practical tasks. Whether you want to learn personal care skills or something you can apply around the home, Occupational Therapists can support you to do these tasks confidently and get the most out of every day.

Through Occupational Therapy, you can learn new ways to approach:

  • Personal care skills: Including showering and grooming, choosing an outfit and getting dressed, or managing any medications you take.
  • Domestic skills around the house: Including cooking, cleaning, making a cup of tea or coffee, doing the laundry, or keeping your garden looking green and fresh.
  • Tasks you’ll encounter while out in the community: Including withdrawing money from an ATM, signing documents, identifying and managing money in shops, and doing the grocery shopping.
  • Communicating with others: Including using the phone, handwriting, presenting yourself confidently, or learning to use other adaptive technologies in your day-to-day.
  • Your home’s set up: Including the best type of lights to use to maximise your vision, and strategies to make it safer and easier to move around your house or apartment.

Occupational Therapists can also work with your family, friends or other health professionals to develop new skills to ensure you enjoy full support from everyone that’s important to you.

Woman with low vision picks vegetables from a stall, her back to the camera.

Practical training for real outcomes

Occupational Therapy is all about practical learning to support your daily lifestyle. Depending on what you hope to achieve, we believe it’s best to learn these skills in the scenarios where you’ll use them. That means your Occupational Therapy sessions could take place:

  • at your home
  • in your workplace, school, university, or TAFE
  • out and about in the local community.
A woman with low vision stands in the kitchen. Someone is getting food out of a fridge in the background.

Access other support

We offer a full range of specialist support to enhance your independence and wellbeing. In addition to Occupational Therapy, you may benefit from:

  • Adult Mobility: Develop skills to get around your home and community safely and with confidence, at every stage of life.
  • Guide Dog Mobility: Partner with a Guide Dog and participate in Guide Dog Mobility training to become more confident moving through life.
  • Children’s Services: Whatever milestones your child or teen wants to achieve so they can feel happy and confident, our vision specialists can offer training, encouragement and support.
  • Low Vision Services: Receive specialist assessments, support and advice to ensure your lifestyle and environment are optimised to suit your level of vision.
  • Neurological Vision Service: If you’ve experienced a change in vision through accident or injury to the brain, explore new skills for new life circumstances with our Neurological Vision Service. Maximise your remaining vision, learn to move through different environments and communicate with people in the community.
  • Assistive Technology: Access Assistive Technology training to make life easier. Whether it’s your smartphone or a specific aid like GPS devices, improve your confidence with technology that suits your needs.
  • Leisure & Lifestyle Services: Connect with others, make new friends, access peer support groups and socialise with the community through our Leisure & Lifestyle Services.

Funding options

You may be eligible for financial support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or My Aged Care, meaning the costs of your support could be covered.

We can also help you explore alternative funding pathways. For more information about funding support, contact our Client Services team on 1800 757 738 or email support@guidedogs.org.au.

Request a service

We welcome referrals from any health professional, carer, family member or friend. Please ensure you have the consent of the person you would like to refer before requesting a service on their behalf.

For more information on accessing support, training programs, or to start improving or regaining your independence, please contact our Client Services team: