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Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) and Vision Australia formally merge. The merge brings more excitement and activity within the blindness and low vision sector and for Vision Australia. It enables a stronger outcome for clients with the aim of reducing waiting times and providing more dogs for those seeking a seeing eye dog and will ensure clients and potential clients, Australia wide, continue to be offered the widest possible choice when determining the services they will access.

This landmark agreement will enable the new setup to enhance its present services and better respond to the needs of Australians who are blind or have low vision. SEDA’s high-quality provision of seeing eye dogs to the blindness community will complement Vision Australia’s already impressive suite of services. By expanding the living partnership, SEDA is complementing the current suite of Vision Australia services, bringing with it significant expertise and high-quality facilities in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington that will be enhanced and maintained by Vision Australia. There will also be a further development of SEDA presence across Australia.

The partnership between SEDA and Vision Australia has been driven by the belief that the blindness community is best served by one national organisation rather than a disparate collection of small, independent agencies. There are 300,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision and this number is expected to double to 600,000 by 2020. The newly merged organisation recognises the challenges this presents and in working together will develop an organisation well resourced and ready to meet this.

To enable the merge to be formalised, a Charity Merger Agreement is to be signed with a Completion Date of 30 June 2008 targeted.

Source: Vision Australia