This week we bring you all the joy and music from the Braille Music Camp 2019. Held in Mittagong NSW every year the camp gives young singers and music makers the opportunity to be empowered by other blind people in a place where braille is the norm and blindness is the majority.
“A place where people can talk to each other is one of the most effective ways they can get back to restoring a life that they feel like they’ve lost (after vision loss).”
This week we feature an extended conversation with Cameron Algie who reflects on 14 years of working as a Quality Living Group Coordinator for Vision Australia.
We speak with Associate Professor Lyndell Lim from the Centre for Eye Research Australia about new research into diabetic retinopathy and the ways in which people with diabetes can maintain eye health.
Also on the program, we hear about an exciting new social inclusion program from Vision Australia including online workshops in creative writing and English conversation.
Plus we have an audio guide to putting on a mask safely and efficiently.
We hear from a couple of listeners and their reviews and recommendations on the newly arrived audio description services on free-to-air television.
Also on the program, the National Music Therapy Research Unit at the University of Melbourne is running online programs for music loving people with disabilities. We chat with Dr Katrina Skewes McFerran about the program and the transformative power of music.
Seeking employment during a pandemic may seem like mission impossible. Vision Australia’s Pre-Employment Coordinator, Belinda Wilson, says it’s a good opportunity to strengthen those skills that employees will want in the future. She’s is in conversation with Tess Herbert to explain what those skill are and also what the future of employment might look like.
Also on the program – what do we need at this time? A bit of light entertainment and some fun while raising awareness. Seeing Eye Dogs is hosting the Puppy Games which will see puppy dogs who are in training take part in a series of challenges. We chat with Puppy Development Trainer, Paige, about the games
And Frances Keyland is on the show with Reader Recommended.
Blind news reader and journalist, Nas Campanella recently moved into the newly recreated Disability Affairs role with the ABC. We chat with her about what it means for people with disability to have media representation, the progression of her own career and what advice she might have for a young blind person considering a career as a journalist.
Also on the program, Vision Australia is calling for nominations for its annual awards and we catch up with CEO Ron Hooten on how to nominate someone and the important role the awards play within the blindness and low vision community.
And, Frances Keyland presents a Reader Recommended.
We chat with Dr. Lauren Ayton, a clinical researcher with Melbourne University and the Centre for Eye Research whose work involves the development of a nation-wide database of Australians with inherited retinal disease (IRD). This research marks an important step toward changing the diagnosis of IRD.
Also on the program, we have new about audio description finally coming to Australian free-to-air TV and Frances Keyland brings us a fresh new reader recommended.
Vision Australia will be providing a response to the Disability Royal Commission Emergency Response Consultation. We talk with Vision Australia’s Lead Policy Advisor, Bruce Maguire, on how people who are blind or have low vision can provide their feedback on their experiences on the recent bushfires and Covid-19 emergencies.
We chat with David Woodbridge about an upcoming gaming and coding webinar and catch up with Matthew Layton, from Vision Australia Radio’s Studio 1 on some of his recent interviews.
For thirty years Vision Australia’s Assistive Technology Advisor and host of the radio program Talking Tech, David Woodbridge, has been sharing his extensive knowledge of both assistive and mainstream technology to the blindness and low vision community. From gadgets to apps and larger devices, David’s passion and excitement about how technology can assist people is inspiring and infectious. We chat to him about some of the changes in technology he’s seen in the last three decades, what he loves about technology and helping people and, of course, his all time favourite gadget.