Talking Vision Episode 399 22nd November 2017

November 23, 2017

This week, we have the great honour of speaking with Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft Jennie Lay Flurrie. Jenny discusses the role that technology can play in people reaching their goals, especially people with disability. Jenny is profoundly deaf and says that it was revealing the full details of her disability that made the most difference to her working life.

Also on the program,

• Tim Nield from AFL Victoria discussing the development of blind footballs squads and how people can become involved.
• We catch up with Holman Prize Winner Penny Melville-Browne (A.K.A the Blind Chef) and her travels in so far in China and Australia.


Talking Vision Episode 398 15th November 2017

November 16, 2017

This week on Talking Vision, we speak with a heritage braille globe created by Richard Frank Tunely in the 1950s is being replicated through the efforts of the State Library of Queensland. We hear from Director of Content Management, Margaret Warren, about the history of the globe, its cultural significance and about Tunley himself.

Karen Knight was a young school girl in the 1970s and joins us to discuss her memories of the globe and explain its tactile features.

Also on the program, Distinguished blind Australian, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AM was recently honoured with the David Blyth Award in recognition of his work to improve the quality of life of blind and vision impaired Australians. Stephen Jolley speaks with Ron to reflect on his achievements over the years.


Talking Vision 2017 AGM Special

October 27, 2017

Talking Vision 2017  Vision Australia AGM Special 29th October 2017

Vision Australia held it’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th October. In this special Talking Vision you hear can highlights from the AGM and other proceedings

  • Chair Andrew Moffet
  • CEO Ron Hooton
  • Academic and retiring board member Theresa Smith Ruig

Talking Vision Episode 395 25th October 2017

October 26, 2017

Ahmet Ustel is one of three winners of the Holman prize that funds the dreams and adventures for people who are blind or have low vision. Ahmet is a kayker and plans to cross the 3km Bosphorus Strait, a strait that forms the continental boundary between Europe and  Asia. To achieve this Ahmet is developing a suite of non-visual guidance technology.

Ahmet talks about his early life in Turkey and his love of the Bosphorus Strait, and water in general, and the initial inspiration behind developing the technology.

Also on the program, Vision Australia’s retail services manager Andrew Wheeler chats about the exciting new range of merchandise now available from our shops – just in time for Christmas.


Talking Vision Episode 394 18th October 2017

October 19, 2017

This week, Dr Fred Schroeder, President of the world blind union, was recently in Australia on invitation from Blind Citizens Australia for its 2017 national convention. While in the country Dr Schroeder  visited other blindness organisations and we were honoured to have the opportunity to speak with him.

Stephen Jolley leads this conversation, which ranges from Dr Schroeder’s early life; his denial of being blind and his eventual acceptance, to his education and self-advocacy in his early career and his on-going advocacy for all people who are blind or have low vision.

It’s an illuminating conversation and Dr Schroeder he is an eloquent, intelligent and inspiring speaker. 


Talking Vision Episode 393 11th October 2017

October 12, 2017

It’s a special Talking Vision this week as we celebrate International White Cane Day, 15 October and take a walk down to the shops with white cane user, Martin Wright. Throughout the walk, Martin explains how the different ways he can employ his cane to navigate the world around him without sight and the independence using a white cane gives him.

Following this we speak with Orientation and Mobility Specialist Luke Price about the types of canes that people use and how people arrive at the decision to use a cane.

Martin is the focus of the podcast series An Interesting Place to Be. The series follows Martins journey through the first year of his vision loss. 


Talking Vision Episode 392 4th October 2017

October 5, 2017

Blind Citizen’s Australia’s national convention is just around the corner, 13 to 15 October. Prue Watt from the planning committee joins us to discuss the workshops, panels and keynote speakers taking place over the weekend. 

Also on the program, we’re joined by casting agency founder

Graeme de Vallance who is on the lookout for people who are blind or vision impaired for a documentary on finding a dream job.

Then we will hear from Kate Begley from our advocacy team about Vision Australia’s recommendations at the recent public hearing into to school to work transition

And then Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 391 27th September 2017

September 28, 2017

This week on Talking Vision, on September 20th the Reserve Bank of Australia rolled out the new tactile $10 note.

In early September Vision Australia hosted a pre-launch for this momentous occasion. Stephen Jolley was there on the day on behalf of Talking Vision and you’ll hear speeches and interviews from the day including federal  Member for Higgins and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer and Samantha Marsh from Blind Citizens Australia.

Also on the program, we chat with Nemoy Malcolm about Vision Australia’s Peer Support Program and the many ways it can assist people who are blind or have low vision.