In 2018/19 Blind Citizens Australia will be conducting a series of teleconferences around becoming ‘life ready’ – practical discussions around supports and services that are available to you, or things you can do to prepare to live an independent life.

To enable us to gain a better understanding of what independence means to you as someone who is blind or vision impaired, we’d appreciate it if you could take the time to complete this short questionnaire.

Blind Citizens Australia recognises that vision can change at any time or occur at any age and therefore we develop skills around becoming an independent person who is blind at different stages of life. Although some of these questions relate particularly to younger people we value feedback from all people, of any age.

If you would like to complete the questionnaire but do not wish to do so over the internet please call the Blind Citizens Australia office on 1800 033 660 and a member of staff can complete it over the phone with you.

If you have any questions, please contact Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Project Coordinator on sally.aurisch@bca.org.au or on 1800 033 660.

Your responses to this questionnaire are confidential and will be used to support the development of content for upcoming teleconferences and workshops that relate to the Life Ready project.

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. What best describes your current living arrangement?

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* 3. Which of these scenarios best describes how you spend your time? Select all that apply:

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* 4. If you are living at home with parent(s), a guardian or another direct family member, would you like to move out and live more independently?

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* 5. If you are undertaking study, do you access any of your educational institution's disability support services?

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* 6. Are there aspects of study that you find difficult to manage because of your vision?

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* 7. If you are, or have previously been employed, what support did you receive to find and maintain your job?

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* 8. If you have moved out of home, are there any aspects of living independently that you find challenging?

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* 9. If you live independently, do you receive any assistance in and around the home?

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* 10. If you have not moved out of home, what factors have contributed to this?

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* 11. If you need to travel to a new location and no one is available to come with you, how do you manage this?

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* 12. Do you feel confident to advocate for your needs and rights when dealing with: (check all that apply)

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* 13. Do you participate in any sporting, recreational, cultural or social activities in your local community?

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* 14. Are you a parent?

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* 15. If you were to live an independent life, what would that look like for you?

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* 16. What would need to change for you to consider yourself as ‘independent’?

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* 17. Is there anything that you would like to achieve that you have not been able to, or that you don’t think you will be able to, because of your vision?

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* 18. Are there any practical ways in which you would like to receive support to become more independent?

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* 19. Do you have any further comments on independence?

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