Talking Vision 21th September 2016

September 21, 2016
John Lindley has been a farmer all of his life working with sheep and cattle on his property outside of Gundagai in NSW. He feels a deep connection with the land and his animals. John was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration almost 15 years ago and the condition has worsened in the last four years. He speaks with Stella about some of the changes he has made so he can continue to farm and also how he manages to farm safely with low vision.
Also on the program, 
Upcoming news on Blind Citizens NSW state convention 
Frances Keyland with Reader Recommended

Talking Vision 14th September 2016

September 14, 2016
This week, Stella enjoys an extended conversation with advocate Maryanne Diamond who was recently 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.

Talking Vision 5th September 2016

September 7, 2016
“The introduction of the tactile feature on banknotes is one of the most significant inclusive actions to take place in my life. Having to rely on other people or a device to identify banknotes just isn't the kind of independence and participation in community life that leads to dignity, equality and inclusion,” says Vision Australia Lead Policy Advisor, Bruce Maguire.

This week on Talking Vision we present the audio recording of the launch of the tactile currency at Vision Australia’s Enfield office. Emceed by Vision Australia’s CEO Ron Hooton we hear from the shadow minister for Disability and Aging (NSW) Sophie Kotsis, Bruce Maguire and young advocate Connor McLeod on this most important event.

Talking Vision 29th August 2016

August 31, 2016
National Literacy and Numeracy Week is held during the week 29th August to 4th September and works toward raise awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy at school and beyond.

Stella speaks with Louise Curtin coordinator of Vision Australia’s Feelix Children’s Library about the vital importance Braille plays in teaching a child who is blind literacy and numeracy skills.

Also on the program, Brendan Paholski is one of the founding editors of SNAP Journal, a new online literary journal publishing works by people with disability, mental illness or who are deaf. He discusses the impetus behind establishing the journal and how people can get involved. 

Talking Vision 24th August 2016

August 24, 2016

With Father’s Day just around the corner (Sunday 4th September) Talking Vision pays tribute and speaks with two dads about the specific challenges and joys of being a father when you are blind or vision-impaired, and what all fathers have in common. The program features Glen Morrow who has a two year old son and Michael Simpson father of three adult sons in their late 20s and early 30s.


Talking Vision 17th August 2016

August 17, 2016

Vision Australia’s Telelink program enables people to connect with others to share hobbies, interests, social chats and support. Stella speaks with Telelink participant and facilitator Debbie Lenehan about the range of groups available and the important role this service plays in people’s lives.


Also on the program, Bruce Maguire Lead Policy Advisor at Vision Australia discusses the end of the ABC’s 15 month audio description trial on its on-line streaming service iView.


Frances Keyland brings us a Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision 10th August 2016

August 10, 2016

On 1st September   the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will be releasing the next generation five dollar banknote which includes a tactile feature especially designed for the blindness and low vision community. Stella speaks with Bruce Maguire, lead policy advisor at Vision Australia, and Michael Anderson, Head of Note Issuing at the RBA, about the events that lead to the inclusion of the tactile feature and why the feature is so important. 


Talking Vision 3rd August 2016

August 3, 2016

“It’s about blind people being empowered by other blind people. It’s the one week of the year where braille is the norm and blind is the majority.” Jordie Howell, former student and now teacher at the Braille Music Camp.

“It’s inspired many students to go on and pursue music as a career.”

This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the 2016 National Braille Music Camp. Every year in late June, blind music students and their mentors from around Australia come together for the National Braille Music Camp at Mittagong in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. One of the camp leaders Jordie Howell, co-hosts this program with Stella Glorie in which they speak with two camp participants and play some of the music created during the week of celebration and fun learning.


Talking Vision 27th July 2016

July 27, 2016

This week, it’s a special Talking Vision with a conversation with former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM, who has just launched his autobiography, Finding A Way, and the former presenter of Talking Vision, Stephen Jolley.

Graeme discusses the meaning of the title of his book, memories of his early formative years, life during his university years and the key decisions that have lead him to where he is today.

Also on the program, Frances Keyland brings us a Reader Recommended.  


Talking Vision 20th July 2016

July 20, 2016

This week on Talking Vision Stella speaks with  Vildana Praljak an aerialist with the Women’s Circus in Victoria.

Vildana was encouraged to try circus skills by sighted colleague who could see no reason why vision impairment should be a barrier. Initially sceptical she eventually found a way to express herself creatively and describes the circus skills as one of the best avenues of her life.

Also on the program, 9th August 2016 is Census night. This year, for the very first time, the Census form is fully accessible for all disabilities. The Census form is available on-line and also in a variety of hard copy options. Samantha Palmer from the Australia Bureau of Statistics is on the program to discuss the importance of being involved in the Census and the range of assistance options available should they be needed.