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Gemma is not just going to be okay – she’s going to be great
Gemma’s parents were terrified for their baby girl when she was first diagnosed with congenital glaucoma.
Daisy takes steps towards independence
When Daisy was just a few weeks old, her mum Louisa noticed her eyes weren’t focusing properly. Daisy was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia, and nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary movement of the eye.
Nicholas has a bright future
Cathy and her husband, Ben, were in shock when their 10-week-old baby was diagnosed with a rare eye condition. Nicholas has no sight in his right eye, and low vision in his left. Within weeks, Cathy could see her son was falling behind—he wasn’t holding his head up or rolling over. "I was desperate to help him, but I didn’t know what to do," says Cathy.
Paralympian Matt Formston is good as gold
There’s no such thing as barriers, only obstacles. You can go around obstacles, but you don’t let them stop you. That’s the ethos that Vision Australia ambassador Matt Formston lives by.
Amelia dreams of being an artist
Diagnosis 'No one wants to hear their child is different and there will be limits to what they can achieve, but that’s what we were told when Amelia was diagnosed with oculocutaneous albinism,’ says Laura, Amelia’s mum. Fearful parents. Children’s confidence undermined from day one. This is what we’re up against. How you can help We believe children who are blind or have low vision can achieve whatever they want. This Christmas, you could help a child like Amelia dream big. It doesn’t matter if their dream changes from one day to the next. What’s important is that they see a bright future for themselves. And, with your help, we will provide all the support they need to get there—from physiotherapists to occupational therapists. Courtney, Amelia’s occupational therapist says, ‘A lot of the children I work with are reluctant to try new things, but that soon changes.’ Please help a child like Amelia overcome the challenges that stand in their way and achieve their dreams. We started work with Amelia when she was just three months old. She’s now eight years old. We’ve seen her take her first steps, say her first words, and grow into an incredible little girl. At every stage, we’ve been there to help Laura and Daniel understand their daughter’s needs and how best to support her to achieve her next goal. Amelia has weekly sessions with Courtney at school to help her keep up with her classmates. Right now, there’s a huge focus on reading and writing, which is a challenge for Amelia. Like many children her age, Amelia loves to draw. For Amelia, there are additional challenges. Her low vision means she has to be very close to the page to see her work. Amelia used to dream of being a vet. More recently, she’s been inspired to be an artist. Having a dream gives Amelia something to work for. We encourage her to dream big, and will support her to achieve whatever she sets her heart on. With your support We can start working with a child and their family from the earliest opportunity. We can provide vital services like occupational therapy and physiotherapy. We can help a child grow in confidence and self-belief, so they don’t only dream big, they also achieve their goals, whatever they are.