January 10, 2019
We speak with one of the 2018 Holman Prize winners Red Szell. Red’s “Extreme Triathlon” includes a 10-mile ride through a notably hazardous bog-land, a 200-foot abseil followed by a swim through open ocean, and a climb up the 213-foot ocean spire called Am Buachaille. Red plans to document the whole endeavor, a message to other blind people not to give up their passions because of a change in vision.
The Holman Prize is an international competition that supports the emerging adventurousness and can-do spirit of blind and low vision people worldwide. The Prize provides financial backing – up to $25,000 – for three individuals to explore the world and push their limits.
December 20, 2018
This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the 2018 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 in which they speak with two camp participants and play some of the music created during the week of celebration and fun learning.
December 20, 2018
It’s all about books this week. We speak with Louise Curtin, who is retiring after 21 years with Vision Australia. Louise began as a teacher at our Burwood school and went on to establish the wonderful children’s library Feelix where she worked for the past 16 years.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland from the library presents a summer reading guide to get you through those long lazy days of summer.
December 13, 2018
We catch up with Kenyan disability advocate Paul Mugambi who has been in the country for the past two year studying at the ANU in Canberra. Paul is passionate about advocacy also the power and potential of radio as an information tool. Our conversation with him is also a sobering reminder of how fortunate many of us are to live in Australia.
Also on the program, we hear from a couple of organisations that were present at Vision Australia’s recent open day in Kooyong.
December 6, 2018
This week we hear from Melissa Fanshaw and Dr. Melissa Cain about their research project, Perceptions of students with a vision impairment their parents and teachers in mainstream schooling.
Also on the program, our Kooyong office at Vision Australia recently held an open day and we had the chance to speak with a range of people responsible for some of the wonderful services on offer.
November 22, 2018
This week on the program we speak with Gerrard Gossans, patron of International Day of People with Disability here in Australia. The day aims to increase public awareness and acceptance of people with a disability. Co-hosting this interview is James Malone.
Once again, retail coordinator Julie Scott from the Vision store is back on the show. This time, we talk Christmas gift ideas.
Finally, audiobook giveaways.
Be sure not to miss this one!
November 14, 2018
The National Boys Choir was recognised with a youth award at the Vision Australia Awards this year. The choir has performed at Carols by Candlelight, every year since 1988. Stella speaks with artistic director Peter Casey about the choir and some of the changes in the last thirty years.
The tables are then turned with Stella being interviewed as a producer for a new wellbeing audio series on wellbeing from a blindness and low vision perspective.
November 7, 2018
We have an extended conversation with John Rafferty from Canada’s CNIB. John discusses some of the major changes that have taken place in the organisation in the last decade including the four ambitions they have for Canadians who are blind or have low vision. Plus there’s news and information.
November 7, 2018
We speak with Sara Lui who is a research fellow at the Monash Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) about a report by Vision Australia and MUARC on the impact of quiet cars and bicycles on pedestrians who are blind or have low vision.
We hear from young writer Olivia Muscat about her recent publication and writing as a blind person and Frances Keyland presents a reader recommended.