Talking Vision Episode 373 24th May 2017

May 25, 2017

This week we focus on Macular Degeneration Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the disease. One in seven Australians over 50 has some evidence of macular degeneration with the likelihood increasing with age.

Thelma Dowell lost her vision while on a ski trip 17 years ago. She speaks with Stella about the early days of living with vision loss and the period of adjustment and acceptance that followed. 

We speak with orthoptist Andy Tao about what macular degeneration is, its intricacies, how it might present itself and the best possible outcomes for someone after diagnosis.

Also on the program, an extended reader recommended with Frances Keyland.


Talking Vision Episode 372 17th May 2017

May 18, 2017

This week’s guest is Ramona Mandy who was recently awarded the Tammy Axelson Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Print Disability sector at the Roundtable (on Information Access for People with Print Disability, held in Perth.

Ramona has a major commitment to the blindness sector, starting work in the community as a braille instructor, teaching adults how to access and use braille-related technology. She then worked for the global technology company Humanware as a blindness product specialist, assisting trainers to match people with the right technology.

During this time, she served on the national executive for the Australian braille authority  and chaired the Victorian sub-committee.

She chats with Stella about her passion for all things braille and print access-related and about the legacy of print disability advocate and administrator Tammy Axelson.

Also on the program

  • Content maker Glen Morrow reports back on the presentations from the Roundtable
  • Frances Keyland presents a reader recommended

Talking Vision Episode 371 10th May 2017

May 11, 2017

May 8 to the 14 is National Volunteer week.  

Many people who are blind or have low vision rely on the support of volunteers  to assist them in day-to-day life. This can include recreational and leisure activities, at home, in the work place and in school or further education.

We speak with Cassie Hassel, Volunteer Program Consultant, about the difference a volunteer can make, how people who are blind or have low vision can volunteer themselves and what motivates people to volunteer.

We also chat with Alison Davies a volunteer reader at Vision Australia radio.


Talking Vision Episode 370 3rd May 2017

May 4, 2017

A special Talking Vision this week as we celebrate Mothers’ Day.

Kate Begley hosts the program and speaks with Fiona Woods and Carmela Carey. They discuss the joys and challenges of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision.

Some of their children also make a visit to the program and share  insights and special stories of living with parent with a parent who is blind.

Also on the program, France Keyland with a reader recommended.