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What are sensory disabilities?

Sensory disabilities affect how people interact with the world around them using their senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and speech. 

These disorders affect how the brain processes or interprets information from the senses and incorporates those who have low vision, poor hearing, inabiliity to smell or taste and disorders associated with processing touch.

All these disabilities can have a significant impact on how a person is able to live their life.

Links and Resources

Vision Impairment

Blind Citizens Australia

Guide Dog Association of NSW and ACT

Royal Blind Society

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children -

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind

South Australian Royal Society for the Blind

Vision Australia -

Hearing Impairment

Australian Deaf, Hearing Impaired & Friends Online -

Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association -

Australian Theatre of the Deaf -

Deaf Australia -

Deaf Australia (formerly Australian Association of the Deaf) -

Deaf Children Australia

Deaf Society of NSW -

Deafness Forum -

Deafness Foundation -

National Aslant Booking and Payment Service

National Relay Service -

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children -

Vic Deaf -


Better Health Channel -

Anosmia Foundation -


Information and safety -


A person with synesthesia feels like their senses are mixed together, such as smells making them see colors, a sound giving them an unusual taste and similar unusual associations. While not a debilitating disorder if properly managed, there are good resources available for understanding and coping with this condition -

General Links

South Australian Government -

Information and safety -