The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a national, membership based organisation that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.
It recently held its quarterly member forum and Vildana Praljak and Kate Begley from Vision Australia’s Advocacy and Engagement team attended. They report back on the discussions and presentations that took place and the relevancy to the blindness and low vision community.
Also on the program, Jamie Kelly from Vision Australia’s library service discusses the many ways people can access the wealth of reading material from the library.
Talking Vision celebrates and International Women’s Day, 8th March, a day that both celebrates women’s achievements and highlights ongoing concerns and the discrimination women face.
Composer and Songwriter Donna Dyson was awarded APRA ASA Songwriter of the year (2016) for her song Spirit of Australia (co-written with Damien Leith). Donna began song writing only three years ago after losing her vision through a stroke. She talks with Stella about her song writing process and the excitement of winning this most prestigious award.
Also on the program, Beth Tonnisen is a member of Vision Australia’s Telelink Women’s Group. She talks about how she enjoys being part of the all-female monthly telephone support group whose members encourage and inspire each other by sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences.
And, France Keyland presents a specially themed Reader Recommended.
This week, Stella interviews Bryan Bashin, the CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, based in San Francisco.
Bryan tells Stella his compelling story about his early working life in journalism, “coming out of the closet” as a blind person, and the career path that led him to the top of The Lighthouse, northern California’s largest and most prominent agency for people with blindness and low vision.
He also discusses the blind-positive philosophy of The Lighthouse, and his hopes for the future of the blind and low vision community around the world.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents a special Reader Recommended for Library Lovers Day with a vignette on the joy and pleasure that a library can offer.
This week on the program, Janine Sadhu president of the Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. The branch provides peer support for women who are blind or have low vision and hosts a range of events and seminars throughout the year including telephone support networks.
Janine speaks with Stella about the positive impact the branch serves for women and how you can get involved.
Also on the program, Maurice Gleeson from Blind Sports Victoria talking about the great range of activities available, from yachting and tennis to comradely walking groups.
And Julie Scott is on the program to discuss what’s new in the Vision Shop.
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.
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 Glorie about his life in Syria, his journey and settlement into Australian life as and his life at present and his plans for the future.
This week we replay one of the most popular programs of 2016 an extended conversation with advocate Maryanne Diamond. At the time of this interview (September 2016) Maryanne had just been awarded the Louis Braille Medal. This most prestigious award is granted to individuals who have made a substantial and outstanding contribution to the World Blind Union (WBU) over a long period of time.
Maryanne is a former president of the WBU, former Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, the founding Executive Officer of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and former General Manager of Advocacy and Engagement at Vision Australia. She is currently the General Manager for the NDIA’s Media, Communications and Engagement.
Her work has included developing training workshops in Mongolia on leadership for women who are blind and establishing a PNG blind union and to provide leadership and advocacy training to people who are blind or have low vision in PNG. Maryanne has also tirelessly advocated for the Marrakesh Treaty for the Marrakesh Treaty, and for leading World Blind Union’s Right to Read Campaign and the global effort to end the book famine.
She discusses her school and university years and the choices she made that took her through her adventurous career path for the past 20 years.