April 27, 2017
Joan Solaga became an athlete as a way of addressing her balance issues after sight loss. Now at the age of 90 she is competing in the Masters Games in a number of events including javelin, shot-put and walking.
Joan discusses the importance of having a goal and the tactics she will use to navigate her way through the events as a person with vision loss.
Also on the program, Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia Emma Bennison talks about the Onkyo Braille Essay – a contest that promotes braille literacy, the organisation’s national conference taking place in October and her appearance in the recent ABC program You Can’t Ask That.
April 20, 2017
This week Stella chats with Sandra Knight, who is heading off to Spain as part of a five person Australian blind tennis team for the International Friendlies Tournament.
The results from the tournament will determine the sport’s first world rankings.
Sandra is an all-round sports woman and participates in 10 pin bowling and hiking, but she only ever dreamed of participating in tennis. Until now.
Also on the program, Scott Jacobs, Government Relations Advisor at Vision Australia, reports back on the Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) summit. The summit, recently held in Melbourne, featured a wide range of organisations and consumers in attendance, including the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, who made an exciting announcement in relation to audio description.
And, Julie Scott from the Vision Shop is on the program talking about talking microwaves.
April 13, 2017
Lyndel Wischer is an arts curator and the judge for submissions to Vision Australia’s 2018 large print calendar. She believes that art can enrich life and provide enjoyment for people not matter their circumstance.
Lyndel speaks with Stella about how people with a vision impairment can approach art for the first time and what type of painting or drawing might be suitable for the calendar.
Also on the program, David Dopel CEO of the film distribution company Demand Film discussing up-coming titles of interest to the blindness and low vision community.
April 6, 2017
This week, Stella chats to Paul Mugambi, a Kenyan student and activist who is in the third month of a two-year scholarship at Australia National University in Canberra. He speaks about what life is like in Kenya for a person is blind - where poverty, misunderstanding from the general public about what blindness is and a lack of basic human rights can take its toll.
Paul began his career in advocacy and policy by chance after a university professor complained that his braille machine was too noisy. Paul spoke up and has never looked back.
He is proud of all of his affirmative action achievements but thinks his greatest legacy is establishing the first sports and activity club for students with disability. Until that time, students with disability were excluded from all sports and activities.
Also on the program, Michael Simpson, General Manager of Client Services at Vision Australia, discusses the upcoming print disability review and how you can get involved.