October 27, 2016
This week, the second and final part of our extended conversation with Bill Jolley. Bill is a well- known and well respected advocate and identity in the blindness and low vision community. He currently sits on the Vision Australia board of management and has worked over the years in a number of blindness organisations. Last week the conversation focused on his early life and university studies and his project management work in Vietnam. This week we focus on his work with the World Blind Union, his work in China plus his family life.
October 19, 2016
This week on Talking Vision, part one of a two-part interview with Bill Jolley. Bill was the first blind man in Australia to gain an honours degree in mathematics and statistics and went on to forge a career both outside and within the blindness a low vision community. A strong braille advocate, Bill developed braille programs for developing countries and communities including Vietnam where he was awarded for his work. Most recently he was invited to China to speak on advances in technology for the blind and is currently on the board of the Asia Pacific region of the World Blind Union (WBU). He is a well-respected identity within the blindness and low vision community.
October 12, 2016
Vision celebrates White Cane Day, 15th October, a very important day
in the blindness and low vision calendar. It’s a day which highlights the
independence achieved by people making use of this essential mobility tool.
speaks with passionate white cane user Bernadette Jolley. Bernadette says the
cane is an ‘extension of herself’ and recounts being introduced to the white
cane and the excitement of going out on her own for the first time plus how she
uses her cane today.
on the program, Orientation and Mobility Specialist Margaret Harvey discusses
how the white cane enables someone’s confidence to grow while also being a very
clear indicator to the sighted public.
October 5, 2016
A special Talking Vision this week when we head to, a city of 31,000 people on the Victorian side of the mighty Murray River and the centre of the Sunraysia area.
Stella speaks with local resident Rhonda Griffiths about the pros and cons of living in a regional town when you have low vision.
Also on the program:
• Sally Edwards: Service Engagement Consultant at Vision Australia in Mildura
• Patricia Izzard: Childhood educator and Primary Service Provider at Vision Australia who works alongside families and education facilities in the Sunraysia area.
September 28, 2016
Molly Burke is a young Canadian motivational speaker who uses her own story of vision loss to give hope and inspire other young adults. Molly believes her story as a person with a disability being bullied in high school is not unique and that is why it needs to be told. Molly discusses her life as a 22 year old sharing her story speaking to thousands of people, where she finds her strength to tell her story and her hopes and plans for the future.
Also on the program: Applications for Vision Australia’s 2017 graduate program Career Start open in early October. Program coordinator Melissa Curulli and 2016 graduate Chris Paige discuss criteria for applicants, the rewards of being a part of the program and how people can become involved.
September 21, 2016
John Lindley has been a farmer all of his life working with sheep and cattle on his property outside of Gundagai in NSW. He feels a deep connection with the land and his animals. John was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration almost 15 years ago and the condition has worsened in the last four years. He speaks with Stella about some of the changes he has made so he can continue to farm and also how he manages to farm safely with low vision.
Also on the program,
• Upcoming news on Blind Citizens NSW state convention
• Frances Keyland with Reader Recommended
September 14, 2016
This week, Stella enjoys an extended conversation with advocate Maryanne Diamond who was recently awarded the Louis Braille Medal. This most prestigious award is granted to individuals who have made a substantial and outstanding contribution to the World Blind Union (WBU) over a long period of time.
Maryanne is a former president of the WBU, former Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, the founding Executive Officer of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and former General Manager of Advocacy and Engagement at Vision Australia. She is currently the General Manager for the NDIA’s Media, Communications and Engagement.
Her work has included developing training workshops in Mongolia on leadership for women who are blind and establishing a PNG blind union and to provide leadership and advocacy training to people who are blind or have low vision in PNG. Maryanne has also tirelessly advocated for the Marrakesh Treaty for the Marrakesh Treaty, and for leading World Blind Union’s Right to Read Campaign and the global effort to end the book famine.
She discusses her school and university years and the choices she made that took her through her adventurous career path for the past 20 years.
September 7, 2016
“The introduction of the tactile feature on banknotes is one of the most significant inclusive actions to take place in my life. Having to rely on other people or a device to identify banknotes just isn't the kind of independence and participation in community life that leads to dignity, equality and inclusion,” says Vision Australia Lead Policy Advisor, Bruce Maguire.
This week on Talking Vision we present the audio recording of the launch of the tactile currency at Vision Australia’s Enfield office. Emceed by Vision Australia’s CEO Ron Hooton we hear from the shadow minister for Disability and Aging (NSW) Sophie Kotsis, Bruce Maguire and young advocate Connor McLeod on this most important event.
August 31, 2016
National Literacy and Numeracy Week is held during the week 29th August to 4th September and works toward raise awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy at school and beyond.
Stella speaks with Louise Curtin coordinator of Vision Australia’s Feelix Children’s Library about the vital importance Braille plays in teaching a child who is blind literacy and numeracy skills.
Also on the program, Brendan Paholski is one of the founding editors of SNAP Journal, a new online literary journal publishing works by people with disability, mental illness or who are deaf. He discusses the impetus behind establishing the journal and how people can get involved.