Talking Vision Episode 402 13th December 2017

December 14, 2017

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.


Talking Vision Episode 401 6th December 2017

December 7, 2017

This week, TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers is a global movement bringing together people with disabilities and Makers to develop open source assistive technology to address everyday challenges. Vision Australia was involved in the Melbourne TOM. We speak with Anna Dal who had two challenges to address, an adjustable dog harness and a roaming app.

Also on the program:

  • Vision Australia’s is opening two new offices in NSW – Parramatta and Ashfeild. This means the closure of our Enfield office after 40 years. We hear from Regional Manager Jane Wicks with all of the details about the offices including public transport options.
  • Vision Australia’s career start graduate program is now open. It’s a national opportunity for people providing 12 months’ work experience for people who are blind and have low vision. We hear from Melissa Currulli who oversees the program plus recent graduate, Chris Page.
  • And Frances Keyland is on the show with a reader recommended 

Talking Vision Episode 400 29th November 2017

November 27, 2017

This week, Talking Vision celebrates its 400th episode.

For over seven years the program delivered interviews, news and information to keep its community of interest up to date, and to provide a national radio reference on blindness and low vision.

Stella is joined by former host and creator of the program, Stephen Jolley, for this milestone program. They take a look back on the programs that have special meaning for them and they welcome some special guests and long-time regular guests.

These include broadcaster and host of Vision Australia Radio’s Focal Point program, Peter Greco;  lawyer, advocate and former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes; musician and Braille Music Camp teacher Jordie Howell and Vision Australia retail coordinator Julie Scott.

We also hear from Reader Recommended’s Frances Keyland and VA Radio National Network Manager, Conrad Browne.


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.