July 3, 2020
Blind news reader and journalist, Nas Campanella recently moved into the newly recreated Disability Affairs role with the ABC. We chat with her about what it means for people with disability to have media representation, the progression of her own career and what advice she might have for a young blind person considering a career as a journalist.
Also on the program, Vision Australia is calling for nominations for its annual awards and we catch up with CEO Ron Hooten on how to nominate someone and the important role the awards play within the blindness and low vision community.
And, Frances Keyland presents a Reader Recommended.
June 25, 2020
We chat with Dr. Lauren Ayton, a clinical researcher with Melbourne University and the Centre for Eye Research whose work involves the development of a nation-wide database of Australians with inherited retinal disease (IRD). This research marks an important step toward changing the diagnosis of IRD.
Also on the program, we have new about audio description finally coming to Australian free-to-air TV and Frances Keyland brings us a fresh new reader recommended.
June 18, 2020
Vision Australia will be providing a response to the Disability Royal Commission Emergency Response Consultation. We talk with Vision Australia’s Lead Policy Advisor, Bruce Maguire, on how people who are blind or have low vision can provide their feedback on their experiences on the recent bushfires and Covid-19 emergencies.
We chat with David Woodbridge about an upcoming gaming and coding webinar and catch up with Matthew Layton, from Vision Australia Radio’s Studio 1 on some of his recent interviews.
June 12, 2020
For thirty years Vision Australia’s Assistive Technology Advisor and host of the radio program Talking Tech, David Woodbridge, has been sharing his extensive knowledge of both assistive and mainstream technology to the blindness and low vision community. From gadgets to apps and larger devices, David’s passion and excitement about how technology can assist people is inspiring and infectious. We chat to him about some of the changes in technology he’s seen in the last three decades, what he loves about technology and helping people and, of course, his all time favourite gadget.
June 4, 2020
June 1 to 6 is Orthoptics Awareness week, a time to celebrate the work and the contribution orthoptists make to eye health and eye care. Certified orthoptist Tony Wu is on the program to discuss the range of work of an orthoptist can undertake.
We hear from Tess and Sam about living in lockdown when you are blind or have low vision. Tess was two weeks into a new job when she had to relocate from the city to rural NSW and begin working from home.
Sam says his life isn’t so much different although as a sports fan he is missing that aspect.
May 29, 2020
Earlier this year President of Blind Citizens Australia, John Simpson AM, was acknowledged in the Australia Day Honours list with Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for outstanding service to people who are blind or vision impaired.
John is deeply committed to the information needs of people with a print disability and has been recognised through a number of important awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Roundtable on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
He’s also built a strong career within the blindness and low vision sector.
John is in conversation with musician, singer and braille music transcriber, Jordie Howell.
May 21, 2020
Thursday 21st may is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GADD) a day that focusses on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities and impairments.
Jamie Kelly, from the Library, is in conversation with Vision Australia’s National Manager of Digital Access, Neil King about the work his team does and what inclusion looks like in the digital landscape.
Also on the program, we celebrate volunteer week with a chat with Christopher who has clocked up over 45 years volunteering service plus Vision Australia Radio’s Peter Greco brings us two volunteering stories.
May 14, 2020
We celebrate Mother’s Day and hear from Anna and Gurleen, on the the experiences of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision.
Also on the program, we speak with CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia about the importance of keeping eye-health appointments during the time of Covi-19.
May 7, 2020
May is Macular Month, a time to raise awareness of all macular diseases.
We hear from Dr Zhichao Wu from the Centre for Eye Research’s macular unit and the studies into age related macular degeneration.
Also on the program, we speak with Stephen Jolley about living through lockdown when you are blind and Frances Keyland is on the show with a Reader Recommended.
May 1, 2020
We celebrate International Guide Dog Day (April 29) and hear from Caren about the difference a Seeing Eye Dog has made in her life. We also speak with Seeing Eye Dog puppy trainer Kim and chat with Glen who is one of the many fabulous volunteer puppy carers.