May 29, 2020
Earlier this year President of Blind Citizens Australia, John Simpson AM, was acknowledged in the Australia Day Honours list with Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for outstanding service to people who are blind or vision impaired.
John is deeply committed to the information needs of people with a print disability and has been recognised through a number of important awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Roundtable on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
He’s also built a strong career within the blindness and low vision sector.
John is in conversation with musician, singer and braille music transcriber, Jordie Howell.
May 21, 2020
Thursday 21st may is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GADD) a day that focusses on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities and impairments.
Jamie Kelly, from the Library, is in conversation with Vision Australia’s National Manager of Digital Access, Neil King about the work his team does and what inclusion looks like in the digital landscape.
Also on the program, we celebrate volunteer week with a chat with Christopher who has clocked up over 45 years volunteering service plus Vision Australia Radio’s Peter Greco brings us two volunteering stories.
May 14, 2020
We celebrate Mother’s Day and hear from Anna and Gurleen, on the the experiences of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision.
Also on the program, we speak with CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia about the importance of keeping eye-health appointments during the time of Covi-19.
May 7, 2020
May is Macular Month, a time to raise awareness of all macular diseases.
We hear from Dr Zhichao Wu from the Centre for Eye Research’s macular unit and the studies into age related macular degeneration.
Also on the program, we speak with Stephen Jolley about living through lockdown when you are blind and Frances Keyland is on the show with a Reader Recommended.
May 1, 2020
We celebrate International Guide Dog Day (April 29) and hear from Caren about the difference a Seeing Eye Dog has made in her life. We also speak with Seeing Eye Dog puppy trainer Kim and chat with Glen who is one of the many fabulous volunteer puppy carers.
April 23, 2020
This week we focus on ANZAC Day and 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.
We also replay part of an interview with Capt. William Anderson (retired) who served in the Australian Army for before losing his vision in a peace time training operation.
Frances Keyland is also on the program with a special ANZAC Day Reader Recommended.
April 16, 2020
Stella speaks with Mona Minkara, one of the Holman prize winners for 2019 – a major international award for people who are blind or have low vision and their ambitious project.
With her prize money, Mona filmed a documentary series called Planes, Trains and Canes, where she navigated the public transportation systems of six cities around the world.
April 9, 2020
We chat with Courtney about Vision Australia's Check in and Chat webinar series. The webinars cover a range of topics and activities to help you stay connected during this isolation period – as Courtney says isolation is not something that is entirely new to many folk who are blind or have low vision.
For the sake of personal hygiene people are being told to not to touch too many things and to keep our personal distance. Where does this leave people who are blind or have low vision who often relay of touch and guiding? We hear from O&M Specialist Bashir, who has extensive knowledge in this area and has some suggestions many of those are things he says blind and low vision people have been practicing for years.
April 2, 2020
We hear about Vision Australia’s Telehealth service - a mode of service delivery to allow people to access vision Australia services remotely.
Plus we hear the fabulous audio described hand washing how-to thanks to the good folk at Blind Citizens New Zealand.
Frances Keyland presents a reader recommended and there’s some news and info at the end of the program
March 26, 2020
We speak with Tricia Malowney from Women with Disabilities Australia on some of the challenges many disabled women are facing during the Covid-19 crisis. She also offers sage advice on how women can stay connected,
Also on the program musician Jordie Howell has entered the Holman Prize – a major award from the lighthouse foundation in San Francisco seeking people who are blind or have low vision with an adventurous project. Jordie needs our help to get her idea to the shortlist.