Useful Links

General information

This list of websites covers general material for both vision and hearing impairment:

The Catholic Education Commission

The Catholic Education Commission, New South Wales administers the distribution of Commonwealth funding to both regular and special schools. Specialist consultancy is provided for congregational regular and special schools. Policy advice is provided in respect to: disability standards for schools; anti-discrimination legislation and schools.

The Centre for Genetics Education

An Australian website with resources, fact sheets, family health tree, glossary, and reference list customised for families.

Child and Family WebGuide

An excellent directory maintained by Tufts University that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages.

Children's Books about Disabilities
Children's Disability Information
disABILITY Information and Resources
A guide to Children's Literature and Disability

This bibliography is intended to help parents and professionals identify books that are written about or include characters who have a disability.

Healthdirect Australia

Healthdirect Australia is a non-commercial, government funded organisation providing trusted health information to all Australians. 

Helping Your Child Series

A US publication series which aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life.

NSW Home Modification and Maintenance Services (HMMS)

NSW Home Modification and Maintenance Services provides major and minor home modifications for people living in NSW who are frail aged, and people with disabilities and their carers, so they may live more independently in the community and remain living at home. The website is a good source of practical information and contacts for further information.

LD Online

An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.

Life to Live – A History of People with Disabilities in Australia

A great website with a definite Australian flavour. Helpful for background information on education, technology, medical advances, health, employment and much more.

National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NORD maintains a Rare Diseases database with information on hundreds of rare syndromes, diseases and disorders. Entries are clear and simple so families can easily understand them. There is a charge for full articles.

NSW Fair Trading

Your home, your car, your money audio files on NSW Fair Trading website, contains useful consumer information on shopping and refunds, avoiding scams, buying or selling your home, strata schemes, retirement villages, buying a car, credit and loans, plus what to do when things go wrong.

Our Kids

A good source of information for parents of children with various disabilities. It also contains links to digests of several disability-related listserve groups.

Parenting Tips

Premature Baby – Premature Child

Support website for parents of premature special needs children.


PubMed is the US National Library of Medicine's search service that provides free access to over 10 million citations in databases, with links to participating online journals.

Raising Children Network

This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. We aim to meet the information needs of a wide range of users, from the just curious, to those looking for assistance with particular problems or issues, or those wanting to explore the science behind modern thinking on the care of children.

Rare Genetic Diseases in Children

Comprehensive site that offers a searchable database, a worldwide messaging centre, a resource directory and much more.

References for Parents of Preemies
Renwick Centre Library (RIDBC)

You can search the online catalogue for items you may wish to borrow as a parent of a child in an RIDBC program – five items may be borrowed at one time

The Sibling Support Project

An international program dedicated to the interests of brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.

Special Education Resources on the Internet

A collection of information resources for those involved in special education.

Vision impairment

Australian Web Access Review (AWARe)

A new online forum Australian Web Access Review (AWARe), launched today, gives you an opportunity to have your say on the accessibility, or lack of it, of prominent Australian websites

Blindness Resource Center

Very comprehensive site dealing with all facets of blindness.

Braille House:

Australia wide not-for-profit charity that produces and provides resources for people with low or no vision.

Family Village: Vision Impairment
The Impact of vision loss on the development of children from birth to 12 years: A literature review
The Low Vision Gateway
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss.

Teaching Students With Sensory Impairments

RIDBC collaborated with Trinity University in San Antonio to produce a resource website on Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment.
Click here to purchase VI and HI resources

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Wonderful site with a range of online resources for parents and teachers.

V.I. Scotland's Parent Information Database

Excellent database of various vision disorders.

Vision Disorders in Children

Excellent database of various vision disorders.

Vision Impairment Resources

An excellent overview of resources which provide information on diagnosis and treatment, parental support, and living with a child with vision impairment, mailing lists and education websites.


Able Australia

Able Australia (formerly The Deafblind Association) is committed to support the interests and needs of people with multiple disabilities including deafblindness. Our organisation works in partnership with clients and the community to provide client quality services in order for each person to reach their full potential.

Association for Children with a Disability

A Victorian based group, ACD assists families of children with a disability through the provision of information, support and advocacy. Their website offers details of ACD services and a range of information for parents, including an online copy of the publication Through the Maze, extracts from the newsletter Noticeboard, member's stories and tips for advocacy. Information available in Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabic.

American Foundation for the Blind

Offers information on blindness; low vision and related issues; newsletters and press releases; the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness is also available online.

Blind Babies Foundation
Blind Citizens Australia

The mission of Blind Citizens Australia is to achieve equity and equality by their empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet their needs.

Carers Australia NSW

Carers Australia NSW is the peak non-government organisation for carers in NSW and a member of the National Network of Carers Associations. Its focus is on improving the lives of carers.


Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of 2,700 people and invests more than AUS$100 million a year in research and development. Products include hearing systems for cochlear, bone conduction and acoustic implants.

Over 400,000 people of all ages, across more than 100 countries, now hear because of Cochlear.

Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services

The department is responsible for developing and implementing income security policies and programs (delivered by Centrelink), services for people with disabilities and families with children, community support services, family relationship services and public housing. The site provides information about the department, its agencies and staff.

Guide Dog Association of NSW and ACT
Lighthouse International

Good site on vision impairment and resources.


NICAN, a Commonwealth funded information service, maintains a database of nearly 4,500 entries on recreational opportunities for people with a disability, their support workers, families, friends, and others in the community. Email your inquiry through their site.

NSW Department of Community Services

The department responsible for delivering services which promotes the welfare of people in NSW. The site gives details of specific services and parenting pages with tips for parents of children 0-18 years.

People with Disability Australia (PWD)

PWD is a national cross disability human rights and advocacy organisation, of and for people with disability.

Quantum Technology
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Vision Australia

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

Scottish Sensory Centre
South Australian Royal Society For The Blind

The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) of South Australia helps those with little or no sight to optimise their opportunities by providing specialist staff, information and technology resources to meet individual needs.

St Edmunds
St Lucy's School
Texas School for the Blind & Visual Impaired
Trinity University

Based in San Antonio, in the sunny state of Texas, Trinity University provide specialized resources for professionals, parents, and university students involved in fully including students with sensory impairments in our educational systems. This project is the result of an international, collaborative effort among educators in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, who work with students with vision or hearing impairments.

World Blind Union

Online Magazines

Braille Monitor

Covers the events and activities of the National Federation of the Blind (U.S.) and addresses the many issues and concerns of the blind.

Exceptional Parent

Online version of an American national publication. Has articles, links, and information for parents of special needs children.

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.

Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

Online issues from 1998 – large print full text. Contact Renwick College Librarian for User ID and Password (Parents on RIDBC programs only).

Special Child Magazine

An online publication dedicated to parents of children with special needs.

Chat Rooms & Discussion Forums


Comprehensive list of blindness related mailing lists.

LD Online

An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children. Includes an online newsletter and bulletin board area for discussions or questions.

Our Kids

A good source of information for parents of children with various disabilities. Our Kids also contains links to digests of several disability-related listserve groups.

Vision Related Mailing Lists

Excellent list of various discussion mailing lists available to parents of children with vision impairment and also for children with vision impairment.

Assistive technology

This list of websites covers assistive technology material for both visual- and hearing impairment:

Abledata : the National Database of Assistive Technology Information

A wealth of information for the use of people with disabilities, their families, carers, seniors, health and design professionals and international visitors.

Provides up-to-date, thorough information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources for people with disabilities, including their families and service providers. Helps people find assistive technology (AT) solutions that match their needs by maintaining searchable databases of thousands of products and resources.