May 24, 2018
AIRA (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality) is an assistive technology that connects people who are blind or have low vision with an agent who can see and describe what is in front of them. This week on Talking Vision, Vision Australia board member, Cameron Roles is in conversation with Kevin Phelan, Vice President of Aira. They both believe that Aira will revolutionise the way that people who are blind will be able to move and access the world around them.
With the 2018 Federal Budget released in early May there has been a lot of discussion about how does it affect people who are blind or have low vision. You’ll hear from Jamila Savoy from our communications teams talking with Chris Edwards and Scott Jacobs from our Advocacy and Engagement team on how the Budget might affect you.
And Julie from the shop is on the program.
May 17, 2018
This week, Talking Vision celebrates Mothers’ Day.
We hear from first time new mum Vildana Prajlak, and mother of three, Beth Tonissen. They discuss the joys and challenges of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision and the commonalities shared by all mothers.
Also on the program, human rights activist Graeme Innes shares his insights for National Law Week (14-20 May) on being a lawyer when you are blind.
May 10, 2018
During the month of May Australia celebrates volunteer week, 21- 27 May. We speak Keith Rutherford, who volunteers at Vision Australia’s Wollongong office assisting people with phone and computer applications, and client Aileen Muscat who attends the computer classes. Aileen believes that Keith’s lived experience of low vision makes him the perfect tutor to teach other people who are blind or have low vision. She credits his work on enabling her to fully access all that technology has to offer.
Also on the program, we hear from Jane Britt and a new recreational program opening up in Brisbane specifically for people with disabilities.
And Frances Keyland is on the show with a reader recommended.
May 3, 2018
This week we talk science with a conversation with Dr. Gabby Watson and Dr. Erica Tandori from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University about an open day at the end of May specifically designed for people who are blind or have low vision. The exhibition will include tactile, sound, olfactory and low vision accessible display.
Dr.Erica Tandori, who is legally blind, is the project designer and artist in resident at the Institute and believes that art and science are perfectly aligned.
Also on the program, we hear about news and information from Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs, including their presence at the Melbourne Dog Lover’s Show and some puppy carer information sessions. Frances Keyland is on with a Reader Recommended.
April 26, 2018
This week we talk employment. Vision Australia has recently secured five additional sites for its employment service. We hear from Vision Australia’s National Employment Services Manager Jan Hauser about what this means for Vision Australia and job seekers who are blind or have low vision.
We also hear from our Government Relations and Policy Advisor Kate Begley about a rather important development in disability employment and the signing of a statement by some prominent disability organisations and peak bodies.
Then we bring you a segment on tips and tricks for supermarket shopping and Julie from the Vision Shop is on the program with present ideas for Mothers’ Day.
April 19, 2018
This week we pay tribute to ANZAC day, we hear about Vision Australia’s unique and valued relationship with the Department of Veteran affairs and the ways in which Vision Australia supports it veteran card holders and their families. Plus a conversation with our Retail Service manage and his own time in the armed forces.
We hear some moving recorded letters sourced from the National Library of Australia’s Trove database of newspapers from nurses on the frontline hospitals during World War 1. Frances Keyland is also on the program with a special ANZAC day Reader Recommended.
April 12, 2018
It’s another classic from Talking Vision this week all the way back from June 2015 and a special interview with opera singer Michael Vaiasinni. Michael has the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa which will eventually lead to total blindness. His condition has led him to work closely with many blindness and low-vision organisations, and to share his voice and story to inspire those affected by vision loss. A passionate student of opera and classical music, Michael has performed on Australia’s leading stages and has been awarded some of the most prestigious scholarships.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.
April 5, 2018
The final in the best of Talking Vision series we reply the podcast from the Stories of You series. Emily Davison is a journalist and also a you tuber who goes under the name of Fashioneyesta – Emily aims to challenges people’s perceptions of sight loss through her love of fashion, beauty and style and to make fashion accessible for everyone.
Produced and presented by Glen Morrow, Stories of You is a conversational show with interviews and documentary style presentation. Guests share stories about their lives, experiences and personal journeys.
(This edition originally aired on the 7 June 2017)
March 28, 2018
Another best of Talking Vision. This week we replay the radio documentary, It’s the Satanic Verses, Love.
One of the first audio books Ruth Mercer read after joining the Association for Blind Library (now Vision Australia library) some 30 years ago was Salman Rushdie’s, The Satanic Verses. The postman delivered all 32 tapes to her front door and announced, “It’s the Satanic Verses, love”.
Ruth is now part of the first Friday book group: a group of self-described feisty women who have been meeting for the past 15 years. While they are all blind or have low vision but that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying their passion for books and reading.
This episode originally aired 15 October 2015.
March 22, 2018
This week, a best of with a replay an interview from the UK’s RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) Connect radio with filmmaker Peter Middleton, who along with producer James Spinney, created the incredible documentary Notes on Blindness.
The 2016 documentary profiles writer and theologian John M. Hull, who became totally blind after decades of steadily deteriorating vision. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, Hull began documenting his experiences on audio cassette which forms the basis on the film.
The film was recently nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or BAFTAs.
Following on from this is a soundscape from the film featuring the voice of John Hull.
This particular program originally aired on the 1 March 2017