Tuesday 13 February was world radio day with the theme of sport and its ability to unite people, break down barriers and show case diversity. We speak with 17 year old Lucy who is playing her first season of blind cricket and president of BVIT (Blind and Low Vision Ten Pin Bowling) Glen Barwick about the national championships coming up in March. And Frances Keyland joins us for a special Valentine’s Reader Recommended.
This week, we speak with Chair of the board at Vision Australia, Andrew Moffat. Andrews discusses the challenges and rewards the role presents and his agenda for employment for people who are blind or have low vision.
Also on the program Jamila from our communications team joins us to present news, information and events from around your neck of the woods and beyond.
January 26th is Australia Day, a day that is marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.
In recognition of Australia Day, we replay one of the most popular interviews from 2017. Michael Abjoujundi was welcomed as an Australian citizen six years after fleeing his worn torn country of Syria.Michael has Stargardt’s disease and he recalls arriving in Australia with ‘no English, no family and no vision.’ His story is one of great courage and over-coming adversity both as an asylum seeker and a person with low vision.
He speaks with Stella about his life in Syria, his journey and settlement into Australian life as and his life at present and his plans for the future.
Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy recently won the prestigious Florey Medal for her work on a gene therapy for age-related wet macular degeneration. The Florey Medal is awarded biennially to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant lifetime achievements in biomedical science and / or human health advancement.
Professor Rakoczy speaks with Peter Greco from Vision Australia Radio’s Leisure Link program about the project that began twenty years ago with over 50 scientists involved.
Also on the program, Dans Le Noir (Dining in the Dark) has arrived in Melbourne. Guests enjoy a unique sensory experience and are served by staff who are blind or have low vision. Stella speaks with Chanael LENOIR from Dans Le Noir and Vision Australia National Employment Services Manager, Jan Hauser, about how the innovative project helps to highlight the many organisation that support people who are blind or have low vision in their everyday lives.
As a broadcaster, Stephen Kingsberry sets out to challenge the notion of what people who are blind can do. He has been winched up in a helicopter, has climbed though a submarine and has interviewed a range of subjects including Jeffery Archer.
Stephen has an extended conversation with Stella on his early career, his love of audio and the people he has met over the years.
A Cane Called Wanda is the latest episode from the Stories of You podcast series produced and presented by Glen Morrow. Kitty Barry shares her honest and uplifting reflections of motherhood (she has twin girls), her achievements, which includes writing a children’s book, and very raw experiences of life as a person with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).
January 4 is World Braille Day and the birth date of the inventor of the braille system Louis Braille. As the pre-eminent system of touch reading for people who are blind or have low vision, braille is an essential tool for literacy. Enabling direct access to the written word, braille plays a vital role in many aspects of life, whether it be to label canned food, reading books or to convey complex mathematical equations.
In this week’s Talking Vision, two guests discuss how braille was instrumental in attaining their higher education goals. Caitlin McMorrow is a young history and law graduate and uses both traditional and electronic refreshable forms of braille. Dorothy Hamilton is a musician and braille music teacher and was the first blind woman in the Southern Hemisphere to obtain a degree in music. Both say that without braille their achievements would be far fewer.
This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the 2017 National Braille Music Camp. Every year in late June, blind music students and their mentors from around Australia come together for the National Braille Music Camp at Mittagong in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. One of the camp leaders Jordie Howell, co-hosts this program with Stella Glorie in which they speak with two camp participants and play some of the music created during the week of celebration and fun learning.
This week, with the summer holidays upon us it’s the perfect time to relax with a book. Frances Keyland is on the program to chat about her Summer Reading Guide which focuses on books that became films in 2017.
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and many more, these books are available at Vision Australia’s Library Service.
Also on the program, Vision Australia’s Lead Policy Advisor Bruce Maguire brings an update on the Audio Description Working Group.
This week, our Enfield office has recently closed after over 40 years of operation. It began as the Royal Blind Institute of NSW becoming Vision Australia with the merger some 10 years ago.
We catch up with Vision Australia’s General Manager for Client Services NSW, Michael Simpson, who first came to Enfield as a young man after losing his vision. Michael shares his personal and professional memories of the place that became a community meeting ground and encouraged and supported people to live a full life.
Also on the program, Julie Scott presents a guide holiday gift guide from our Vision Shop.