Learn practical skills for daily life with the support of a professional

Our professional team are here to work with you to achieve your daily living goals, whether they’re big or small.

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Gain the practical skills you need

Living with low or no vision can have a big impact on everyday life. At times it can make it incredibly difficult to do routine things like getting dressed in the morning, making meals or cleaning the house.

Through our Occupational Therapy service, you can gain the daily living skills you need to live each day fully, with safety and confidence.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps you develop practical living skills that maximise your independence whether you’re at home, in your community or at work. It can also extend what you’ve already learnt about mobility by giving you additional skills in other areas of your life to make you feel more capable and confident.

Who can receive Occupational Therapy support?

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Anyone, any age, any stage

No matter how long you’ve had vision impairment or what the extent of your vision loss is, this service can help you develop and maintain essential daily skills. This includes:

  • People adjusting to recent vision loss
  • People with long standing vision loss
  • Children and young adults experiencing vision loss who are working towards age-appropriate developmental skills and tasks

You can access Occupational Therapy services on their own or in combination with training designed to enhance your mobility, like Orientation and Mobility or Assistive Technology.

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Where do the sessions take place?

Depending on what you would like to achieve, an Occupational Therapy program can be delivered to you in one or more of the following locations:

  • At your home
  • In your workplace, school or university
  • Around your local community
  • At our Training Centre in Brisbane

What skills could I gain?

Depending on your needs, goals and lifestyle, an Occupational Therapist could help you in a variety of areas related to daily living, which may include:

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Personal care skills

Such as taking a shower, choosing clothes, doing your hair or makeup and managing your medication

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Domestic skills

Such as planning meals and cooking, cleaning your house, doing laundry and gardening

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Community skills

Such as handling money, going shopping, accessing recreational activities and catching public transport

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Communication skills

Such as presenting yourself confidently, communicating with others and using your phone or computer

Meet the Occupational Therapy team

Our Occupational Therapists work with people who are blind or have low vision to assist in developing and maintaining skills that increase their independence and safety.

How an Occupational Therapist can help you

Before starting your program, they will look at your environment and how your level of vision influences your ability to complete daily tasks. This could include things like your self-care, regular household tasks, communication skills and recreational activities to name a few.

Once they have a good understanding of your requirements, they will work with you to develop a tailored program that will help you learn the skills you need to live life the way you want to.

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We can teach you strategies and provide advice about useful assistive devices. Our goal is always to assist you to improve your quality of life by helping you complete daily activities

Roxanne, Occupational Therapist
Guide Dogs Queensland

Learn more about your funding options

You may be able to access funding and assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help cover the cost of support and training programs.

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Learn more about your funding options

You may be able to access funding and assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help cover the cost of support and training programs.

Learn more

Complementary services

Looking for something else? All our services can be accessed on their own or in conjunction with more of our programs.

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Orientation and Mobility
Orientation and Mobility

Gain the skills you need to be able to get around safely and independently.

Guide Dog Mobility
Guide Dog Mobility

A Guide Dog is a loyal companion to help you navigate the world around you.

Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology

Toddlers can begin using equipment like a cane to help them move around safely.


Losing your vision can be a confronting experience, but we’re here to support you.

Alanna is here to guide you through your options and help connect you with the right support.

Call 1800 810 122
Guide Dogs Queensland Breeding and Training Centre
1978 Gympie Rd, Bald Hills Qld 4036
Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 4:30pm
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