Talking Vision Episode 389 13th September 2017

September 14, 2017

With the announcement of the inaugural Holman Prize this week it seems fitting to replay an interview with CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired based in San Francisco, Bryan Bashin.

The prize, which funds the ambitions of blind people worldwide, is an initiative of The Lighthouse and in this interview from February 2017 Bryan discusses the history of the organisation, its main philosophy and also the exciting news about the Holman Prize.


Talking Vision Episode 388 6th September 2017

September 7, 2017

This week we speak with Vision Australia Radio volunteer Rosemary Penn. Rosemary has been volunteering with the Adelaide station for close to 35 years and has recently been honoured with a nomination for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. We chat with Rosemary about her early connection with Vision Australia Radio and what motivates her to continue to keep volunteering. 

We also speak with Haylee Revel from Vision Australia’s  marketing team chats about the launch of the organisations 2018 diaries and calendars.

And, Frances Keyland is on with a Reader Recommended and this time around it Kerry Greenwood’s Taman Shud.


Talking Vision Episode 387 30th August 2017

August 31, 2017

Talking Vision celebrates Father’s Day and speaks with two dads: dad to five boys (and grandfather to one) Jamie Kelly and dad to two boys Cameron Roles. Both Jamie and Cameron are totally blind. They discuss the specific challenges of joy of being a dad when you are blind and the universal similarities that all fathers share.


Talking Vision Episode 386 23rd August 2017

August 24, 2017

This week, we reply a little bit of the best of with a program from November 2016 with an interview with Samantha Little our guest from RNIB’s Connect Radio based in Glasgow in Scotland. Samantha presents the music show, A Little Alternative, and produces a weekly audio blog where she shares her insights with living with vision loss.

Samantha discusses her passion for radio and music, how she became involved with radio and shares her thoughts on travelling to Australia.


Talking Vision Episode 385 16th August 2017

August 17, 2017

Founded in 1988 and exhibiting in over 41 countries, Dialogue in the Dark is a fully immersive experience in total darkness. People are led by guides who are blind or have low vision, and learn to interact and communicate by relying on other senses. We speak with guide Francois Jacobs about the experience and what people can gain from it and what it might mean for the blind and low vision community.

Also on the program, Julie Scott from the Vision Shop with some handy implements to keep you sewing.


Talking Vision Episode 384 9th August 2017

August 9, 2017

This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the  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 Episode 383 2nd August 2017

August 1, 2017

This week on Talking Vision, we replay a reading and an interview from H.E. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove when he visited Vision Australia Radio in Kooyong. Sir Peter  said: “I became aware that there was a station for the print handicapped in Canberra and thought what a logical and sensible thing to do so, I wandered over and asked if they would mind if I did a couple of volunteer reading sessions.”

Also on the program, Cathy Lambert from the Australian Paralympic Committee on an upcoming classification opportunity and we pay tribute to Yankunytjatjara elder and activist Yami Lester who passed away in July. Mr Lester suffered vision impairment after being blinded by a nuclear test bomb that blew though his homelands in the far north of South Australia during the 1950s.

And Frances Keyland presents a Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 382 26th July 2017

July 27, 2017

This week, we chat with Carmel Jolley who recently retired as case manager for Vision Australia. Carmel talks about her work life over the course of 17 years as a person with low vision, the changes she has experienced and her pleasure of working with people.

Also on the program, Belinda Wilson from our Advocacy and engagement team discusses Vision Australia’s further education bursary program which is opening shortly for all higher education students.


Talking Vision Episode 381 19th July 2017

July 20, 2017

This week, we speak with athlete, adventurer, motivational speaker and author Nick Gleeson about the launch of his memoir, The Many Ways of Seeing.

Nick’s life changed forever at age seven when an electronic swinging supermarket door hit him on the side of his head, causing a retinal detachment.

Nick’s story is one of triumph over adversity and his memoir charts his childhood in the working class suburb of Melbourne through to his university years and subsequent career.

Also on the program we hear from Marcus Bleechmore from our Policy Advocacy & Engagement team with a My Aged Care Update.


Talking Vision Episode 380 12th July 2017

July 13, 2017

This week, Stella speaks with Tess Herbert who is young, blind and gay to discover what it’s like to be a part of two minorities and a generation that is lambasted for having it too easy. Tess is confident, positive and proud of who she is and thinks she is part of a lucky generation both as someone who is blind and someone who is gay.

Also on the program, we celebrate Christmas in July and Julie from the Vision Shop talks computers.