Vision impairment and disability support, the road travelled

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Australia has travelled a long road to reach the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This journey has been influenced by shifting global and local approaches to supporting people with disability, including those with vision impairment. This paper will provide perspectives from the literature that appraise these approaches, including how contemporary attitudes and practices have led to a reformation of disability support. The influences of model-style approaches to disability support from medical, social and biopsychosocial perspectives will be discussed. The influence of the World Health Organization frameworks will also be explored in the context of disability support and the NDIS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-27
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • vision impairment
  • disability
  • World Health Organization
  • model


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