This week we celebrate NAIDOC week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We have a conversation with Nicole Damarra who holds the Indigenous portfolio on Vision Australia’s Client Reference Group. We hear from Sally Edwards from our Mildura office about a partnership focusing on Aboriginal eye health and we hear a fabulous tune encouraging people to get an eye test.
Each year Vision Australia presents awards to people who have made a valuable contribution to the blindness and low vision sector. To explain more about the awards we chat with Vision Australia board member Professor Sharon Bentley.
We head to Perth and chat with Vision Australia Radio Perth Program Coordinator Gemma Sidney.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland with a reader recommended from Richard Fidlers Ghost Empire and Stephen Jolley joins us to discuss the difference smart speakers can make to life at home.
IrisVision is wearable technology especially designed for people with low vision. This week on Talking Vision, Orthoptist and Product Advisor, Tony Wu takes the reigns to chat with IrisVision founder and vision scientist Professor Frank Weblin and Vice President, Professional and Consumer Outreach and IrisVision wearer Tom Perski.
Also on the program Maria Marcou from Vision Australia’s Telelink program on new special programs taking place in July.
This week, Michael Ward, Vision Australia’s, National Coordinator of Audio Description, chats about the process and work involved in bringing audio description to the opening and closing Gold Coast commonwealth games ceremonies earlier this year.
Also on the program, Jamila Savoy from our communications team joins us with a whip around of news and events in the blindness and low vision community. Plus Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.