120 years of providing services for people with disability in Western Australia is an incredible achievement and we would like you to join with us in celebrating this milestone throughout 2015.
Our 120 year corporate partnership packages are designed to offer a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to align with Senses Australia. There are only 10 available. Partnering with us in this manner enables you to showcase your business and increase brand awareness across Western Australia, while supporting your organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategic objectives.
Our 120 year history at a glance
Much has happened in the last 120 years! Here’s a snapshot of our history beginning in 1895 as the Western Australian Home Teaching Society for the Blind where our journey began…
The concept of teaching people who were blind had finally crossed the Western Australian border and taken root. With institutions established in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia between 1866 and 1884.Read more
The Western Australian organisation was originally established by a group of ‘influential citizens’ in 1895 and was known as The Western Australian Home Teaching Society for the Blind. Its charter was to provide education and employment for blind citizens.Read more
The organisation was then to go on to have a number of name changes which began in 1896. The Western Australian Home Teaching Society for the Blind was now known as the Western Australian Industrial School for the Blind.Read more
The organisation then became known as The Victorian Institute and Industrial School for the Blind, WA Inc.Read more
Some 30 years later, another name change to The West Australian Institute and Industrial School for the Blind (Inc.).Read more
The organisation was then known as The Royal WA Institute for the Blind (Inc.). The Royal WA Institute for the Blind (Inc.) had a long history of service provision for people with vision impairments and other disabilities in WA. Initially, its goals were the provision of education and employment for WA’s blind citizens. However, with dramatic changes in social attitudes to disability over the last century, its role evolved a great deal to include employment, training, respite, recreation and a variety of accommodation options.Read more
On the 15 August 2001, The Royal WA Institute for the Blind and the WA Deafblind Association amalgamated to form Senses Foundation, the organisation for people who are blind, deafblind and multisensory impaired.Read more
On 1 July 2013, Senses Foundation became Senses Australia, a not for profit charitable company limited by guarantee. The organisation’s constitution was changed as part of this process, widening the client group to whom services would be provided to all people with disability; widening the geographical distribution of service delivery to the whole of Australia; including a Statement of Governing Principles to guide the new Senses Australia as a provider of services to people with disabilities and making this new company fundamentally different from other ‘not for profit’ organisations.Read more
Senses Australia today is a world class disability services provider holding the highest ethical standards and striving for excellence in all it does. 2015 marks a special year for Senses Australia, when we will celebrate 120 years of service to the Western Australian community. We are one of Western Australia’s oldest charities providing services to our community since 1895.Read more