Service withdrawal blindsides vision impaired community

LEFT IN THE DARK: Mount Gambier resident Chris Wilson – who is vision impaired – says he feels the Royal Society for the Blind has “deserted” the regional community after pulling regionally-based services.

A MOUNT Gambier vision impaired resident has expressed his bewilderment Royal Society for the Blind has shut its doors in the city and pulled its regionally-based services.

Chris Wilson said the organisation now expected people to wait up to eight weeks for a specialist to visit Mount Gambier or travel to Adelaide to access a quicker appointment.

“I’m not trying to catastrophise the issue, but the biggest issue is that we feel deserted,” Mr Wilson said.

He said the office was a focal point for vision impaired people who wanted to seek advice, support or see the latest

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