March 29, 2017
Stella speaks with Chris Edwards manager of Inclusion at Vision Australia about the new Careers in Focus initiative, a Linkedin group designed to bring together people who are blind or have low vision to assist and mentor each other on how to take that next step in their career.
Also on the program, Quality Living coordinator Cameron Algie highlights some of the positive transformation stories he has encountered within the groups and Frances Keyland brings us another Reader Recommended.
March 23, 2017
It's technology and young people on this week's Talking Vision.
David Woodbridge joins the show to explain Vision Australia's Adaptive Technology Help Desk, while Jack Missen from radio network SYN discusses the issues facing Australia’s young people in the lead up to National Youth Week, 31 March – 9 April.
March 16, 2017
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a national, membership based organisation that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.
It recently held its quarterly member forum and Vildana Praljak and Kate Begley from Vision Australia’s Advocacy and Engagement team attended. They report back on the discussions and presentations that took place and the relevancy to the blindness and low vision community.
Also on the program, Jamie Kelly from Vision Australia’s library service discusses the many ways people can access the wealth of reading material from the library.
March 7, 2017
Talking Vision celebrates and International Women’s Day, 8th March, a day that both celebrates women’s achievements and highlights ongoing concerns and the discrimination women face.
Composer and Songwriter Donna Dyson was awarded APRA ASA Songwriter of the year (2016) for her song Spirit of Australia (co-written with Damien Leith). Donna began song writing only three years ago after losing her vision through a stroke. She talks with Stella about her song writing process and the excitement of winning this most prestigious award.
Also on the program, Beth Tonnisen is a member of Vision Australia’s Telelink Women’s Group. She talks about how she enjoys being part of the all-female monthly telephone support group whose members encourage and inspire each other by sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences.
And, France Keyland presents a specially themed Reader Recommended.
February 16, 2017
This week, Stella interviews Bryan Bashin, the CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, based in San Francisco.
Bryan tells Stella his compelling story about his early working life in journalism, “coming out of the closet” as a blind person, and the career path that led him to the top of The Lighthouse, northern California’s largest and most prominent agency for people with blindness and low vision.
He also discusses the blind-positive philosophy of The Lighthouse, and his hopes for the future of the blind and low vision community around the world.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents a special Reader Recommended for Library Lovers Day with a vignette on the joy and pleasure that a library can offer.
February 2, 2017
This week on the program, Janine Sadhu president of the Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. The branch provides peer support for women who are blind or have low vision and hosts a range of events and seminars throughout the year including telephone support networks.
Janine speaks with Stella about the positive impact the branch serves for women and how you can get involved.
Also on the program, Maurice Gleeson from Blind Sports Victoria talking about the great range of activities available, from yachting and tennis to comradely walking groups.
And Julie Scott is on the program to discuss what’s new in the Vision Shop.
January 25, 2017
January 26th is Australia Day, a day that is marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.
Michael Abjoujundi was welcomed as an Australian citizen six years after fleeing his worn torn country of Syria.
Michael has Stargardt’s disease and he recalls arriving in Australia with ‘no English, no family and no vision.’ His story is one of great courage and over-coming adversity both as an asylum seeker and a person with low vision.
He speaks with Stella Glorie about his life in Syria, his journey and settlement into Australian life as and his life at present and his plans for the future.