Talking Vision Episode 428 13th June 2018

June 14, 2018

The Tammy Axelsen Lifetime Achievement Award recognises people who have made outstanding contributions to the Print Disability Sector. This year’s recipient was Christine Simpson. In this week’s Talking Vision, Jordie Howell, Chair of the Australian Braille Authority, music transcriber and lifelong braille user, chats with Christine about her life’s work: including establishing the telephone information line for the Association for the Blind, her work at RVIB (Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind) as a braille and other communications instructor and her work on the introduction of UEB (Unified English Braille).

Also on the program, we hear from Adam Morris who moderates a number of email forums on technology especially for people who are blind or have low vision.


Talking Vision Episode 427 30th May 2018

May 31, 2018

This week, Stella has an extended and engaging conversation with echolocation expert Daniel Kish. President of the World Access for the Blind and a high-profile speaker,  Daniel is also the first totally blind person to be a legally Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. He believes that echolocation empowers blind people to move beyond the negative expectations of what they can and cannot do. 


Talking Vision Episode 425 23rd May 2018

May 24, 2018

AIRA (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality) is an assistive technology that connects people who are blind or have low vision with an agent who can see and describe what is in front of them. This week on Talking Vision, Vision Australia board member, Cameron Roles is in conversation with Kevin Phelan,  Vice President of Aira. They both believe that Aira will revolutionise the way that people who are blind will be able to move and access the world around them.


With the 2018 Federal Budget released in early May there has been a lot of discussion about how does it affect people who are blind or have low vision.  You’ll hear from Jamila Savoy from our communications teams talking with Chris Edwards and Scott Jacobs from our Advocacy and Engagement team on how the Budget might affect you.

And Julie from the shop is on the program. 


Talking Vision Episode 424 14th May 2018

May 17, 2018

This week, Talking Vision celebrates Mothers’ Day.

We hear from first time new mum Vildana Prajlak, and mother of three, Beth Tonissen. They discuss the joys and challenges of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision and the commonalities shared by all mothers. 

Also on the program, human rights activist Graeme Innes shares his insights for National Law Week (14-20 May) on being a lawyer when you are blind.


Talking Vision Episode 423 7th May 2018

May 10, 2018

During the month of May Australia celebrates volunteer week, 21- 27 May. We speak Keith Rutherford, who volunteers at Vision Australia’s Wollongong office assisting people with phone and computer applications, and client Aileen Muscat who attends the computer classes. Aileen believes that Keith’s lived experience of low vision makes him the perfect tutor to teach other people who are blind or have low vision. She credits his work on enabling her to fully access all that technology has to offer.

Also on the program, we hear from Jane Britt and a new recreational program opening up in Brisbane specifically for people with disabilities.

And Frances Keyland is on the show with a reader recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 422 2nd May 2018

May 3, 2018

This week we talk science with a conversation with Dr. Gabby Watson and Dr. Erica Tandori from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University about an open day at the end of May specifically designed for people who are blind or have low vision. The exhibition will include tactile, sound, olfactory and low vision accessible display.

Dr.Erica Tandori, who is legally blind, is the project designer and artist in resident at the Institute and believes that art and science are perfectly aligned.

Also on the program, we hear about news and information from Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs, including their presence at the Melbourne Dog Lover’s Show and some puppy carer information sessions. Frances Keyland is on with a Reader Recommended. 


Talking Vision Episode 421 25th April 2018

April 26, 2018

This week we talk employment. Vision Australia has recently secured five additional sites for its employment service. We hear from Vision Australia’s National Employment Services Manager Jan Hauser about what this means for Vision Australia and job seekers who are blind or have low vision.

We also hear from our Government Relations and Policy Advisor Kate Begley about a rather important development in disability employment and the signing of a statement by some prominent disability organisations and peak bodies.

Then we bring you a segment on tips and tricks for supermarket shopping and Julie from the Vision Shop is on the program with present ideas for Mothers’ Day.                                      


Talking Vision Episode 420 17th April 2018

April 19, 2018

This week we pay tribute to ANZAC day, we hear about Vision Australia’s unique and valued relationship with the Department of Veteran affairs and the ways in which Vision Australia supports it veteran card holders and their families.  Plus a conversation with our Retail Service manage and his own time in the armed forces.

We 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. Frances Keyland is also on the program with a special ANZAC day Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 272 (Repeat) 11th April 2018

April 12, 2018

It’s another classic from Talking Vision this week all the way back from June 2015 and a special interview with opera singer Michael Vaiasinni. Michael has the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa which will eventually lead to total blindness.  His condition has led him to work closely with many blindness and low-vision organisations, and to share his voice and story to inspire those affected by vision loss. A passionate student of opera and classical music, Michael has performed on Australia’s leading stages and has been awarded some of the most prestigious scholarships.

Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.