Blind / Low Vision

Currently in Australia we don't know how many Australian children have vision impairment. This makes it hard to plan for the services these children need, or to argue for research into preventing conditions which cause vision impairment.

RIDBC Renwick Centre, in partnership with key Australian service providers, corporate donors, government departments and health professionals has undertaken a major research project to develop and maintain an Australia wide record of children with vision impairment. This project is called the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register.

The Register collects accurate information on children who have been diagnosed by an ophthalmologists (eye doctor) with vision impairment. This information is used to establish the number of children involved, the causes and level of vision impairment and any additional disabilities and health conditions these children have. The information is ultimately used to provide better services and treatment for eye and vision conditions.

If you are a child or a parent or guardian of a child, aged of 0-18 years, who has been diagnosed by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) with vision impairment, you are invited to join the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register. You can read more about the Register, and join online at: You can contact Register staff on (02) 9872 0248 or email:

1. ACVIR Advertisement Version 3 Friday 27th May 2011 accessible

ACVIR September 2017 Newsletter

ACVIR Inclusion Criteria accessible 2017


Fact Sheets

Cortical Visual Impairment




Every month we will post new articles for you to access! We hope you enjoy these!

December 2020 Articles

Abiogu, G. C., Ede, M. O., Amaeze, F. E., Nnamani, O., Agah, J. J., Ogheneakoke, C. E., Ugwuozor, F. O., Obiyo, N., Ezurike, C., Nwosu, N., Onyeanusi, O. C., Nweke, M. L., Amoke, C. V., Asogwa, T. E., Obeagu, E. I., & Ede, K. R. (2020). Impact of rational emotive behavioral therapy on personal value system of students with visual impairment. Medicine, 99(45). Article Link

Akram, S., Mahmood, A., Ullah, I., Mujtabah, M. T., Yasin, A. B., Butt, A. R., Shafique, M., & Manzoor, S. (2020). Construction and analysis of a novel wearable assistive device for a visually impaired person. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2020, e6153128. Article Link

Chiarella, D., Yarbrough, J., & Jackson, C. A.-L. (2020). Using alt text to make science Twitter more accessible for people with visual impairments. Nature Communications, 11Article Link


November 2020 Articles

Di Foggia, E., Stoll, N., Meunier, H., Rimelé, A., Ance, P., Moreau, P.-H., Speeg-Schatz, C., & Sauer, A. (2020). A new visual acuity test on touchpad for vision screening in children. International Journal of Ophthalmology, 13(9), 1436–1442. Article Link

Dockery, D. M., & Krzystolik, M. G. (2020). The use of mobile applications as low-vision aids: A pilot study. Rhode Island Medical Journal (2013), 103(8), 69–72. Article Link

Lee, A. T. C., Richards, M., Chan, W. C., Chiu, H. F. K., Lee, R. S. Y., & Lam, L. C. W. (2020). Higher dementia incidence in older adults with poor visual acuity. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 75(11), 2162–2168. Article Link


Shared Resource

Tools to Support Having a Student with VI_ Flyer


Resources Pages

Expanded Core Curriculum Resources (002) (002) Highlighted Links

RIDBC Renwick Centre - Rydge Family Library Blindness Vision Impairment Subject List 2014-2018

RIDBC Renwick Centre - Rydge Family Library Braille Guidelines and Codes 2014-2018

RIDBC Renwick Centre - Rydge Family Library Reading and Literacy Subject List 2014-2018