What our clients say
“I don’t think a lot of people are aware of the opportunities and the services they have available. You’ve got no idea of the amount that is done for you and services available. I just can’t thank them enough. They’ve been absolutely incredible.” – June Hieatt
Who we help
We support people with no or limited useful sight that makes doing day-to-day tasks a challenge, even with the best corrective lenses. Approximately three quarters of the people we work with have some vision (which we call low vision), and the remainder are blind.
Many people we support have one or more of the four most common eye diseases causing blindness and partial sight in New Zealand: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. In fact, one third of the people the Blind Foundation helps has macular disease. However, no two people’s sight is the same so we work closely with you to find the best solution depending on what your needs are.
How we can help
We are New Zealand’s leading provider of vision rehabilitation, providing practical and emotional support for people with vision loss.
Our vision rehabilitation services are personalised to meet your individual needs and goals, however big or small.
To become a client, you need to request our services. Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to access a wide range of support.
Our library gives you access to a great range of books, newspapers and magazines in audio, braille, large print or digital.
We’re here to help you with the skills to get around safely and independently, whether it be using public transport, a white cane, or a guide dog.
Daily Living Skills
We can support you in learning skills to help you retain your independence and continue doing the things you need and want to do. This might include new ways to cook, shop or do things around the home.
Support and Community
Living with sight loss can at times be difficult, but counselling and opportunities to connect with others on a similar journey can be a big help.
Accessible technology can be a huge help to people who with no or low vision. Our staff and volunteers provide support and assistance to find the right technology, as well as how to use it.
As part of our personalised vision rehabilitation services we offer a range of specialist services, including children, deafblind, Māori and Pacific Island.