Talking Vision Episode 405 3rd January 2018

January 4, 2018

January 4 is World Braille Day and the birth date of the inventor of the braille system Louis Braille. As the pre-eminent system of touch reading for people who are blind or have low vision, braille is an essential tool for literacy. Enabling direct access to the written word, braille plays a vital role in many aspects of life, whether it be to label canned food, reading books or to convey complex mathematical equations.

In this week’s Talking Vision, two guests discuss how braille was instrumental in attaining their higher education goals. Caitlin McMorrow is a young history and law graduate and uses both traditional and electronic refreshable forms of braille. Dorothy Hamilton is a musician and braille music teacher and was the first blind woman in the Southern Hemisphere to obtain a degree in music. Both say that without braille their achievements would be far fewer.


Talking Vision Episode 404 27th December 2017

December 22, 2017

This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the 2017 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 403 20th December 2017

December 20, 2017

This week, with the summer holidays upon us it’s the perfect time to relax with a book. Frances Keyland is on the program to chat about her Summer Reading Guide which focuses on books that became films in 2017.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and many more, these books are available at Vision Australia’s Library Service.

Also on the program, Vision Australia’s Lead Policy Advisor Bruce Maguire brings an update on the Audio Description Working Group.


Talking Vision Episode 402 13th December 2017

December 14, 2017

This week,  our Enfield office has recently closed after over 40 years of operation. It began as the Royal Blind Institute of NSW becoming Vision Australia with the merger some 10 years ago.

We catch up with Vision Australia’s General Manager for Client Services NSW, Michael Simpson, who first came to Enfield as a young man after losing his vision. Michael shares his personal and professional memories of the place that became a community meeting ground and encouraged and supported people to live a full life.


Also on the program, Julie Scott presents a guide holiday gift guide from our Vision Shop.


Talking Vision Episode 401 6th December 2017

December 7, 2017

This week, TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers is a global movement bringing together people with disabilities and Makers to develop open source assistive technology to address everyday challenges. Vision Australia was involved in the Melbourne TOM. We speak with Anna Dal who had two challenges to address, an adjustable dog harness and a roaming app.

Also on the program:

  • Vision Australia’s is opening two new offices in NSW – Parramatta and Ashfeild. This means the closure of our Enfield office after 40 years. We hear from Regional Manager Jane Wicks with all of the details about the offices including public transport options.
  • Vision Australia’s career start graduate program is now open. It’s a national opportunity for people providing 12 months’ work experience for people who are blind and have low vision. We hear from Melissa Currulli who oversees the program plus recent graduate, Chris Page.
  • And Frances Keyland is on the show with a reader recommended 

Talking Vision Episode 400 29th November 2017

November 27, 2017

This week, Talking Vision celebrates its 400th episode.

For over seven years the program delivered interviews, news and information to keep its community of interest up to date, and to provide a national radio reference on blindness and low vision.

Stella is joined by former host and creator of the program, Stephen Jolley, for this milestone program. They take a look back on the programs that have special meaning for them and they welcome some special guests and long-time regular guests.

These include broadcaster and host of Vision Australia Radio’s Focal Point program, Peter Greco;  lawyer, advocate and former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes; musician and Braille Music Camp teacher Jordie Howell and Vision Australia retail coordinator Julie Scott.

We also hear from Reader Recommended’s Frances Keyland and VA Radio National Network Manager, Conrad Browne.


Talking Vision Episode 399 22nd November 2017

November 23, 2017

This week, we have the great honour of speaking with Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft Jennie Lay Flurrie. Jenny discusses the role that technology can play in people reaching their goals, especially people with disability. Jenny is profoundly deaf and says that it was revealing the full details of her disability that made the most difference to her working life.

Also on the program,

• Tim Nield from AFL Victoria discussing the development of blind footballs squads and how people can become involved.
• We catch up with Holman Prize Winner Penny Melville-Browne (A.K.A the Blind Chef) and her travels in so far in China and Australia.


Talking Vision Episode 398 15th November 2017

November 16, 2017

This week on Talking Vision, we speak with a heritage braille globe created by Richard Frank Tunely in the 1950s is being replicated through the efforts of the State Library of Queensland. We hear from Director of Content Management, Margaret Warren, about the history of the globe, its cultural significance and about Tunley himself.

Karen Knight was a young school girl in the 1970s and joins us to discuss her memories of the globe and explain its tactile features.

Also on the program, Distinguished blind Australian, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AM was recently honoured with the David Blyth Award in recognition of his work to improve the quality of life of blind and vision impaired Australians. Stephen Jolley speaks with Ron to reflect on his achievements over the years.