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!

October Articles

Students with visual impairments' access and participation in the science curriculum: views of teachers of students with visual impairments.

Development of core outcome sets for vision screening and assessment in stroke: a Delphi and consensus study

Evidence-based preschool-age vision screening: health policy considerations.

September Articles

Blindness and autism: Parents’ perspectives on diagnostic challenges, support needs and support provision.

Systematic review and meta-synthesis of coping with retinitis pigmentosa: implications for improving quality of life.

Teaching basic cryptography concepts using Braille and large print manipulatives.


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