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Our Aims

To maximise the personal resources and ability of people in the ACT and local region whose lives are affected by blindness or low vision, by responding to their needs through care, communication and support.

Our Past 

In a lounge room at Deakin in the 1950’s, a small number of dedicated people gathered together, committing themselves to assist people in Canberra who experienced blindness or vision impairment. So began the grassroots organisation known today as the Canberra Blind Society (CBS).

Our Present

While the small group in the 1950’s provided assistance to only four people who were blind, today from our busy offices in the Griffin Centre, in cooperation with other blindness agencies and community groups, CBS provides an extensive range of services and facilities to over 500 clients.  

As a community and peer support group for people who are blind or vision impaired in the ACT, CBS are proud to offer the Canberra community our longstanding initiatives such as: 

  • The Tuesday Club – an opportunity to enable our older members to meet and share a light lunch

  • Sense-able Cooking – designed to help people whose vision is failing to prepare meals with confidence

  • Braille Support – opportunity to improve Braille skills for any community member using Unified English Braille (UEB)

  • Drop-in lunch – a chance for members to drop in with their lunch and have a chat with other members and volunteers

  • Audio Book Group – a book lovers delight to explore a diverse range of books and discuss these with fellow readers.

  • Birrigai ‘Come and Try’ Weekend: an annual recreation weekend camp at Birrigai Outdoor School.

Our Future 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has changed the landscape for grassroots disability organisations such as CBS. We are, more than ever, returning to tried-and-tested as well as inventing new ways of engaging with our valued members. We continue to build our already trusted rapport with the wider ACT community through key campaigns including our annual Street Appeal as well as Overview. Sustainable funding is always a major issue but volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. Join with us, connect with us, as together we embrace the next 55 plus years of community service.

For more information about the Canberra Blind Society, please contact us on (02) 6247 4580.