Independent Providers

Listed alphabetically by state/country.

For any changes or updates to service provider information, please email us at info@omaaustralasia.com

NEW SOUTH WALES

Blind Focus Pty Ltd

Errol Ingram (PhD COMS ROMSA Senior Orientation and Mobility Specialist/Services Manager) – Independent Service Provider

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Services:

  • Orientation and Mobility assessment and instruction for children, adolescents and adults living with blindness or low vision;
  • Disability Consultancy and Professional Development for organisations and independent service providers.

NSW and Tasmania based. Australia wide by negotiation.

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0491 764 260

Email: office@blindfocus.com.au

Website: www.blindfocus.com.au

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/blindfocus

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blindfocus.services

We provide meaningful and effective O&M services to people, to empower and equip them to meet the challenges and opportunities, of living with blindness and low vision.

 

Forward Steps Mobility

Kim Pilic (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

Forward Steps Mobility logo

Services:

  • Adults and Children – Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
  • Early Childhood Intervention – O&M
  • Dog Guide – pre-requisite preparations and travel route training, (O&M)
  • Support Work – social, community and recreational
  • Holiday services – O&M and Support Work
  • Education – community and professional development (O&M and Disability)
  • Advocacy – O&M

Gold Coast based – servicing Northern NSW 

Contact Details:

Phone: 0490 044 344

Email: kimpilic@forwardstepsmobility.com.au or kimpilic@gmail.com

Website: www.forwardstepsmobility.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/forwardstepsmobility

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-pilic-08289b187/

Forward Steps Mobility believes in equipping, empowering and supporting each individuals journey to independence; we consider it a privilege, and a matter of the heart.

 

Top Shelf Independence

Metaxia Tsoukatos (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

Services:

Orientation and Mobility Plus: Disability Educator specialising in flexible supported local, domestic and international travel.

Sydney based

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0421872669

Email:  mtsoukatos@hotmail.com

 

QUEENSLAND

Explore Orientation and Mobility Services

Stephen Thornton (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

Services: 

Providing Orientation and Mobility Services as an unregistered NDIS provider to both children and adults.

  • Self managed and plan managed participants
  • Improved Daily Living (O&M) Capacity building supports
  • Early Intervention (Childhood) – Capacity Building Supports

Brisbane based – servicing Brisbane, Ipswich and Northern Gold coast

Contact Details:

Phone: 0420 445 235

Email: exploreoandmservices@outlook.com.au

 

Eyes and Independence

Kerri Weaver (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

Eyes and Independence logo

Services:

  •  Lifelong learning – 0-99 years
  • Disability Specialist Provider – VI teacher
  • Early Childhood
  • Orientation & Mobility (NDIS Registered and Better Start)
  • Qld Distributor for Humanware products

Brisbane based – will travel to Gold Coast, Ipswich, Brisbane North & South, Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, Gympie, other regional areas on individual request and discussion.

Contact Details:

 Email: eyesandindependence@gmail.com

Phone: 0409 977 808

Website: www.growplayread.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eyesandindependence

Providing a quality service over a quality period of time, for life-long learning and full participation in the community.

 

Forward Steps Mobility

Kim Pilic (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

Forward Steps Mobility logo

Services:

  • Adults and Children – Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
  • Early Childhood Intervention – O&M
  • Dog Guide – pre-requisite preparations and travel route training (O&M)
  • Support Work – social, community and recreation
  • Holiday services – O&M and Support Work
  • Education – community and Professional Development (O&M and Disability)
  • Advocacy – O&M

Gold Coast based – servicing Gold Coast, Brisbane South and Scenic Rim 

Contact Details:

Phone: 0490 044 344

Email: kimpilic@forwardstepsmobility.com.au or kimpilic@gmail.com

Website: www.forwardstepsmobility.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/forwardstepsmobility

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-pilic-08289b187/

Forward Steps Mobility believes in equipping, empowering and supporting each individuals journey to independence; we consider it a privilege, and a matter of the heart.

 

STAPELL Working Dog & Cane Orientation & Mobility Services Pty Ltd

Jason Stankoski & Mary Chappell (GDMIs) – Independent Service Providers

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Services:

  • Community Support Workers
  • Guide Dog Mobility Instructors
  • Orientation & Mobility Specialists
  • Adventure Travel Tour Operators

Brisbane based – servicing all of Australia

Contact Details:

Phone: 0466 265 919 or 0418 635 293

Email: stapellworkingdog@gmail.com

Website: https://stapell.com.au/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stapellworkingdog

Our mission is to provide high quality mobility training and guide dog German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Labradoodles to persons who are blind and vision-impaired throughout Australia.

 

Vickie Anderson & Associates

Vickie Anderson (COMS ROMSA) – Independent Service Provider

Vickie Anderson & Associates logo

Services:

  • O&M
  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Braille instruction
  • Professional Development
  • Holiday helpers

Brisbane based – servicing QLD and all of Australia

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0414 687 638
Email: admin@vickieanderson.com.au
Website: www.vickieanderson.com.au

Empowering people living with blindness or low vision to accomplish their goals.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Forward Thinking Dog Training & Mobility

Anna Gigliotti-Skret (GDMI, COMS) – Independent Service Provider

Forward Thinking logo

Services:

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Dog Guide Mobility Instruction
  • Pet dog Training

Adelaide based – servicing Adelaide and remote consults available via phone, Skype, zoom, interstate appointments negotiable upon request.

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0491 757 837

Email:  info@forwardthinkingdogtraining.com.au

Website: www.forwardthinkingdogtraining.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/forwardthinkingdog/ 

We strive to respect and enhance the independence of the people we work with. We encourage the use of positive reinforcement dog training.

 

TASMANIA

Blind Focus Pty Ltd

Errol Ingram (PhD COMS ROMSA Senior Orientation and Mobility Specialist/Services Manager) – Independent Service Provider

Blind Focus logo

Services: 

  • Orientation and Mobility assessment and instruction for children, adolescents and adults living with blindness or low vision;
  • Disability Consultancy and Professional Development for organisations and independent service providers.

Tasmania and NSW based. Australia-wide by negotiation.

Contact Details:  

Mobile: 0491 764 260

Email: office@blindfocus.com.au

Website: www.blindfocus.com.au   

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/blindfocus

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blindfocus.services

We provide meaningful and effective O&M services to people, to empower and equip them to meet the challenges and opportunities, of living with blindness and low vision.

 

VICTORIA

I Can Explore

Jessie Timmons (O&M) – Independent Service Provider

I Can Explore logo

Services:

  • Orientation & Mobility Specialist
  • Access Consultant (late 2020)
  • Social Support Services
  • Support services for social engagement activities and short-term travel

Melbourne based – exploring locally and internationally.

Contact Details:

Phone: 0431 111 105

Email: hello@icanexplore.com.au

Building capacity for long term independence to access city and rural environments.

 

Independent Pathways: Orientation & Mobility and CVI Solutions

Bronwen Scott (Ed.D, COMS, ROMSA) – Independent Service Provider

Independent Pathways logo

Services:

  • Orientation & mobility for adults and children
  • Early childhood O&M
  • Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) including CVI Range assessment

Melbourne based – servicing Melbourne, remote consults and CVI Range assessments available via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime. Some interstate face-to-face appointments possible.

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0405 411 263

Email: independentpathwaysaus@gmail.com

Websites: https://www.independentpathways.org

https://www.cvicommunityaus.net

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bronwenscottindependentpathways/

I am passionate and determined to create opportunities for people with vision impairment to meet their goals for independence.

 

Research Orientation and Mobility Services

Lil Deverell (PhD, COMS, ROMSA)

Research, Orientation & Mobility logo

Services:

  • Orientation & mobility mixed methods research (affiliated with Swinburne University of Technology) investigating
  • Functional vision and O&M assessment tools – in person and remote methods
  • Guide dog mobility
  • Orientation & mobility professional training pathways
  • Curriculum design
  • Teaching/learning and assessment – in person and remote methods

Melbourne based – working locally, nationally and internationally in person and via Zoom

Email: lil@deverell.net

Phone: 0418 370 312

Website: www.lildeverell.net