Talking Vision 30th November 2016

November 30, 2016

To mark International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) Saturday 3rd December, Stella has an extended conversation with IDPwD Patron, Karni Liddell about the day and the importance of changing attitudes toward people with disability. She cites in particular attitudes around employment and parenthood.

Karni was born with a neuro-muscular wasting disease which left her unable to walk. She went on to become a medal winning Paralympian, and is now international speaker, radio broadcaster and social commentator. She is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) QLD Ambassador, a member of Dame Quentin Bryce’s Domestic and Family Violence Council and she sits on the United Nations Women’s Board.

In her first TED speech she received a standing ovation.


Talking Vision 21st November 2016

November 23, 2016

It’s almost Christmas and Stella visits Julie Scott from Equipment Solutions about the range of gifts on offer in all of Vision Australia’s shops. From the very special, and now iconic, Vision Australia calendars and diaries to talking clocks and watches and tactile games there is sure to be something for nearly everyone.

Also on the program, we hear Stephen Jolley, former host of Talking Vision, and Kate Begley, from Vision Australia’s Advocacy team, who both recently attended the Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) Victorian Forum held in Melbourne. Stephen and Kate give an overview of the proceedings of the day including guest speakers and panel discussions and talk about the important role BCA plays in people’s lives.


Talking Vision 16th November 2016

November 17, 2016

This week on Talking Vision, Stella has an extended conversation with Samantha Little from RNIB’s Connect Radio based in Glasgow in Scotland. Samantha presents the music show, A Little Alternative, and produces a weekly audio blog where she shares her insights with living with vision loss.

Samantha discusses her passion for radio and music, how she became involved with radio and shares her thoughts on travelling to Australia.


Talking Vision 9th November 2016

November 10, 2016

It’s that time of year again, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight takes place at Melbourne Sidney Myer Music bowl Christmas Eve, 24th December! The event is a high-light of the organisation’s calendar and just over six weeks away. Stella speaks with Renee Jess from Vision Australia’s Fundraising team about the anticipation leading up to the big night.

Also on the program:

  • Jane Britt who shares the youth portfolio on Vision Australia’s Client Consultation group discusses the aims of the group and also the importance of the youth portfolio.
  • Frances Keyland joins Stella in the studio for an extended Reader Recommended.

Talking Vision 2nd November 2016

November 4, 2016

This week on Talking Vision, Stella enjoys a delightful conversation with the very funny and engaging Tommy Edison. Blind since birth, Tommy has gained popularity for producing a self-deprecating and humorous videos titled The funny Side of Being Blind’.Tommy is also known as the Blind Film Critic and has worked as a DJ and traffic reporter.  Stella speaks with Tommy about the motivation for his work and his audience.

Also on the program, Narelle Keevers only began painting shortly after losing her sight four years ago. One of her paintings appears in Vision Australia’s 2017 calendar. 


Talking Vision 2016 Vision Australia AGM Special 30 October 2016

October 28, 2016
Vision Australia held it’s Annual General Meeting  on Wednesday 26th October. In this special Talking Vision you hear can highlights from the AGM and other proceedings
  • Chair Andrew Moffet
  • CEO Ron Hooton
  • Paralympian Jessica Gallagher 
  • Retiring former chair Dr Kevin Murfitt

Talking Vision 26th October 2016

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.


Talking Vision 17th October 2016

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.


Talking Vision 12th October 2016

October 12, 2016

Talking 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.

Stella 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.

Also 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. 


Talking Vision 3rd October 2016

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.