July 20, 2017
This week, we speak with athlete, adventurer, motivational speaker and author Nick Gleeson about the launch of his memoir, The Many Ways of Seeing.
Nick’s life changed forever at age seven when an electronic swinging supermarket door hit him on the side of his head, causing a retinal detachment.
Nick’s story is one of triumph over adversity and his memoir charts his childhood in the working class suburb of Melbourne through to his university years and subsequent career.
Also on the program we hear from Marcus Bleechmore from our Policy Advocacy & Engagement team with a My Aged Care Update.
July 13, 2017
This week, Stella speaks with Tess Herbert who is young, blind and gay to discover what it’s like to be a part of two minorities and a generation that is lambasted for having it too easy. Tess is confident, positive and proud of who she is and thinks she is part of a lucky generation both as someone who is blind and someone who is gay.
Also on the program, we celebrate Christmas in July and Julie from the Vision Shop talks computers.
July 6, 2017
This week on the program Stella speaks with Sarah Barton director of the new Australian documentary Defiant Lives – the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement.
The documentary features interviews with over 30 leading disability rights activists and more than 600 pieces of archival footage from around the world. Defiant Lives reframes disability as a human rights issue to sit along-side the civil rights and the gay rights movements.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland with a reader recommended for NAIDOC week.
June 29, 2017
June 27th is Helen Keller’s birthday and we honour her outstanding legacy with a conversation with Bruce Maguire, who details her early years and her political activities and writings.
June 24th to the 30th is the international Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. We speak with Justin Elk from Able Australia’s Deafblind Services team about this often-misunderstood condition of dual sensory loss.
And Frances Keyland is on the program with a reader recommended on Helen Keller’s Memoir.
June 22, 2017
This week, we feature an extended conversation with Dr Kevin Murfitt who was recently included in the Queens birthday honours list for significant service to people who are blind or have low vision.
As a young man, Kevin envisioned his future in the restaurant and hospitality industry until a car accident and vision loss made him reassess his career options. He returned to university and studied psychology and journalism. He went on to complete his PHD in attitude change in employment with people with disability.
Since the 1990s Kevin has been involved in the leadership of major blindness organisations.
June 15, 2017
This week, a visitor from across the ditch. Blair Gilbert is the National Manager for Community and Life Enrichment at the Royal New Zealand Blind Foundation. The organisation has a strong history and is a well-known and prominent organisation within New Zealand. Its focus is to support people in living their life on their own terms.
Blair was part of a visiting team with an aim to discover what was taking place in Australia around blindness and low vision and to share information and knowledge with Australian sister organisations. He chats with us about what he has seen and the comparisons and similarities between New Zealand and Australia.
Also on the program:
- Leona Holloway is a representative on the International council of English braille. Leona is on the program to talk about a survey in regard to possible changes to braille.
- Scott Jacob from Vision Australia’s advocacy team discusses last month’s federal budget and what this means for people who are blind or have low vision.
June 8, 2017
We are delighted to present another 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.
Also on the program, Julie Scott from the Vision Shop with a pen friend!
June 1, 2017
The Vision Australia Awards are given to individuals who have made a significant or exceptional contribution to the blind and low vision community.
We speak with a 2016 recipient Cliff Jackson. Cliff, aged 90 is an active volunteer with 20 years of service. Cliff first began volunteering in June 1996 with the Royal Blind Society Enfield, now Vision Australia. He has consistently volunteered since, devoting four days a week to Vision Australia clients and services. This is the second Vision Australia award Cliff has received. In 2006, he was awarded the Client Service Award for his service as a dedicated volunteer and a strong believer in peer support. Ten years on, Cliff’s Vision Impaired Persons Support Group has more than 22 groups and over 500 members. He also gives presentations on Vision Australia’s behalf to businesses and community groups and provides tours of our head office in Sydney.
Also on the program, Bruce Maguire who is the Lead Policy Advisor at Vision Australia chats to us about the challenges of using technology when you are blind. and the proliferation of the touch screen.
May 25, 2017
This week we focus on Macular Degeneration Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the disease. One in seven Australians over 50 has some evidence of macular degeneration with the likelihood increasing with age.
Thelma Dowell lost her vision while on a ski trip 17 years ago. She speaks with Stella about the early days of living with vision loss and the period of adjustment and acceptance that followed.
We speak with orthoptist Andy Tao about what macular degeneration is, its intricacies, how it might present itself and the best possible outcomes for someone after diagnosis.
Also on the program, an extended reader recommended with Frances Keyland.
May 18, 2017
This week’s guest is Ramona Mandy who was recently awarded the Tammy Axelson Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Print Disability sector at the Roundtable (on Information Access for People with Print Disability, held in Perth.
Ramona has a major commitment to the blindness sector, starting work in the community as a braille instructor, teaching adults how to access and use braille-related technology. She then worked for the global technology company Humanware as a blindness product specialist, assisting trainers to match people with the right technology.
During this time, she served on the national executive for the Australian braille authority and chaired the Victorian sub-committee.
She chats with Stella about her passion for all things braille and print access-related and about the legacy of print disability advocate and administrator Tammy Axelson.
Also on the program
- Content maker Glen Morrow reports back on the presentations from the Roundtable
- Frances Keyland presents a reader recommended