Community Information Day

An annual event for people living with low vision or blindness and those who care for them

This event is an opportunity for people in the vision impairment community to connect with each other, share experiences and get up-to-date information.

The 11th Annual Community Information Day was held on Saturday, 29th July 2023 as an in-person event.

The SSI Community Information Day is for people living with low vision or blindness and those who care for them. Educators are also invited.

The programme for the event included:

  • Keynote Speaker: VI patient and Opera singer Michael Vaiasinni
  • Prof. Paul Harpur (University of Queensland) - Know your rights in the education system
  • Sport practice with vision impairment - Blind Sports
  • Education panel: Skills and tools to support younger kids in their discovery journey 
  • Research updates panel 
  • Networking sessions over lunch with our Exhibitors for parents/carers, teachers and young people

Please join our mailing list to receive updates on future Info Days.

Email us at ssi.community@sydney.edu.au if you have any questions.

Resource Materials

You can find capacity building resources and ideas for employment here:

Personalising devices

All major devices have inbuilt accessibility features you can personalise to suit your needs. These features allow anyone to make the most of the accessible content and apps they are using. To learn more about the inbuilt features of your devices check out these links.

Personalising core apps



  • Dictate in Office 365. Dictation lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Office with a microphone and reliable internet connection. You can use this feature to create documents, email messages, presentations and slide notes
  • Listen to your Word documents with Read Aloud. (Easy on your eyes and great for proofing!)
  • Use Immersive Reader for distraction-free personalised reading. It will improve your speed and comprehension. (Available in Word, OneNote, Teams, Outlook and much more)
  • Accessibility features in Teams​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Google / Chromebook Accessibility

Create Inclusive Content

Microsoft's step-by-step instructions 

Word documents accessible

Microsoft's 365 accessibility training

Community Sites

  • AppleVis is a community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

MacGyver /DIY