Blog Post; March 2018

OMAA Social Dinner in Melbourne

Thanks to Penny Stevenson, Johann Misso, Lil Deverell and Peter Goebel for joining me at the OMAA Vic catch up on a gorgeous summer night in Melbourne. We started at The Arbory on the Yarra River (otherwise known as Platform 12 and a half), followed by a quick, delicious curry at Flora on Flinders. Conversation wandered across many topics from contract work as an O&MS, to training the ideal dog guide and cultural insights from Lil’s recent O&M venture to Malaysia. But the highlight of the evening had to be sharing a few hilarious stories of the strange and wonderful places O&M can take you – anyone fancy a swim in the lovely Yarra?!

Hope to see you next time.

Michelle Sharples

Photo of four O&Ms at Dinner; from left to right: Lil Deverell, Johann Misso, Michelle Sharples, and Penny Stevenson.



World Access for the Blind visit to Australia

I’m so pleased to announce that we are able to bring two imminently qualified instructors from World Access for the Blind out to Australia in 2018.

Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway will be with us from 25 May to 29 June. While both instructors will be present in the middle section of the visit, Daniel will be with us initially and Brian will join him later in the visit.

Read more from Julee-anne Bell’s email here: World Access for the Blind.


Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd Edition

AFB Press is excited to announce a brand-new edition of our best-selling text, Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, by Christine Roman-Lantzy!

This new and revised content brings the book up-to-date with new research and insights into CVI, its development and progression, and the best approaches to assessment and intervention with children affected by this condition. It also provides the viewpoints of parents and service providers, all of whom use the CVI Range from the perspective of their own situation or specialty.

As in the previous edition, assessment forms, including the CVI Range and CVI Progress Chart, provide a comprehensive method for evaluating the functional vision status of, and program planning for, children with CVI.

Whether you are a student, educator, therapist, physician, or parent of a child with CVI, this revised edition is a must-own for your professional collection.

Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention is available in the AFB Store in print, e-book, and online subscription. Order now at


Gold Nanoparticles Restore The Vision Of Blind Mice

Three blind mice could be a thing of the past. Scientists have restored the sight of blind mice by implanting tiny gold prosthetic photoreceptors into their eyes.

So far, this incredible technique has only been carried out on mice. However, the work holds some hope for people with degenerative eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration.

Read the whole article here.


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