Talking Vision Episode 422 2nd May 2018

May 3, 2018

This week we talk science with a conversation with Dr. Gabby Watson and Dr. Erica Tandori from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University about an open day at the end of May specifically designed for people who are blind or have low vision. The exhibition will include tactile, sound, olfactory and low vision accessible display.

Dr.Erica Tandori, who is legally blind, is the project designer and artist in resident at the Institute and believes that art and science are perfectly aligned.

Also on the program, we hear about news and information from Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs, including their presence at the Melbourne Dog Lover’s Show and some puppy carer information sessions. Frances Keyland is on with a Reader Recommended. 


Talking Vision Episode 421 25th April 2018

April 26, 2018

This week we talk employment. Vision Australia has recently secured five additional sites for its employment service. We hear from Vision Australia’s National Employment Services Manager Jan Hauser about what this means for Vision Australia and job seekers who are blind or have low vision.

We also hear from our Government Relations and Policy Advisor Kate Begley about a rather important development in disability employment and the signing of a statement by some prominent disability organisations and peak bodies.

Then we bring you a segment on tips and tricks for supermarket shopping and Julie from the Vision Shop is on the program with present ideas for Mothers’ Day.                                      


Talking Vision Episode 420 17th April 2018

April 19, 2018

This week we pay tribute to ANZAC day, we hear about Vision Australia’s unique and valued relationship with the Department of Veteran affairs and the ways in which Vision Australia supports it veteran card holders and their families.  Plus a conversation with our Retail Service manage and his own time in the armed forces.

We hear some moving recorded letters sourced from the National Library of Australia’s Trove database of newspapers from nurses on the frontline hospitals during World War 1. Frances Keyland is also on the program with a special ANZAC day Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 272 (Repeat) 11th April 2018

April 12, 2018

It’s another classic from Talking Vision this week all the way back from June 2015 and a special interview with opera singer Michael Vaiasinni. Michael has the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa which will eventually lead to total blindness.  His condition has led him to work closely with many blindness and low-vision organisations, and to share his voice and story to inspire those affected by vision loss. A passionate student of opera and classical music, Michael has performed on Australia’s leading stages and has been awarded some of the most prestigious scholarships.

Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 418 4th April 2018

April 5, 2018

The final in the best of Talking Vision series we reply the podcast from the Stories of You series. Emily Davison is a journalist and also a you tuber who goes under the name of Fashioneyesta – Emily aims to challenges people’s perceptions of sight loss through her love of fashion, beauty and style and to make fashion accessible for everyone.

Produced and presented by Glen Morrow, Stories of You is a conversational show with interviews and documentary style presentation. Guests share stories about their lives, experiences and personal journeys.

(This edition originally aired on the 7 June 2017)


Talking Vision Episode 417 28th March 2018

March 28, 2018

Another best of Talking Vision. This week we replay the radio documentary, It’s the Satanic Verses, Love.  
One of the first audio books Ruth Mercer read after joining the Association for Blind Library (now Vision Australia library)  some 30 years ago was Salman Rushdie’s, The Satanic Verses. The postman delivered all 32 tapes to her front door and announced, “It’s the Satanic Verses, love”.
Ruth is now part of the first Friday book group: a group of self-described feisty women who have been meeting for the past 15 years. While they are all blind or have low vision but that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying their passion for books and reading. 

This episode originally aired 15 October 2015.


Talking Vision Episode 416 21st March 2018

March 22, 2018

This week, a best of with a replay an interview from the UK’s RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) Connect radio with filmmaker Peter Middleton,  who along with producer James Spinney,  created the incredible documentary Notes on Blindness. 

The 2016 documentary profiles writer and theologian John M. Hull, who became totally blind after decades of steadily deteriorating vision. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, Hull began documenting his experiences on audio cassette which forms the basis on the film.  

The film was recently nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or BAFTAs.  

Following on from this is a soundscape from the film featuring the voice of John Hull.  

This particular program originally aired on the 1 March 2017


Talking Vision Episode 415 14th March 2018

March 15, 2018

This week we speak with Marcus Bleechmore Vision Australia’s outgoing program manager for NDIS and My Aged Care. Marcus leaves the organisaiton after close to eight years. Hebe discussing his work with Vision Australia and his insights with the NDIS and My Aged Care .

Also on the program Daniel Pritchard from Victorian Goalball Association about the upcoming new season and we hear from Julie Scott from the vision shop.


Talking Vision Episode 414 7th March 2018

March 8, 2018

Talking Vision celebrates International Women’s Day, 8th March, a day that both celebrates women’s achievements and highlights the ongoing concerns and the discrimination women face. This week we replay a speech from Theresa Smith-Ruig from Vision Australia’s 2017 Annual General Meeting held in October. 
Theresa received a Vision Australia Award for her contribution to the blindness and low vision sector.  Theresa’s diligent work began in 2003, when she joined the Board of Blind Citizens Australia (BCA).
She was elected to the Board of Vision Australia in 2007 and in the past 10 years has performed her duties as Director with diligence and dedication while juggling her career and parenting. As a PhD graduate in the area of career management and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of New England, Theresa has brought incredible insight to her role as member and, ultimately, the Chair of the People and Culture Committee. 
In her speech, Theresa recalls the pivotal moments in her life from losing her vision as a young girl, growing up on a rural property, life in a small town and how her mother, and then later herself, advocated for her right to choose her own education path.

Also on the program, a special reading of letters sent to our library from library members. 


Talking Vision Episode 413 28th February 2018

March 1, 2018

We speak with Rob Last AM, who was recently acknowledged on the Australia Day Honours list for his work as an early childhood educator for children who are blind and deaf blind and their families. And we speak with life long radio fan Stephen O'Connor from Vision Australia Radio's Shepparton studio.