Talking Vision 2017 AGM Special

October 27, 2017

Talking Vision 2017  Vision Australia AGM Special 29th October 2017

Vision Australia held it’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th October. In this special Talking Vision you hear can highlights from the AGM and other proceedings

  • Chair Andrew Moffet
  • CEO Ron Hooton
  • Academic and retiring board member Theresa Smith Ruig

Talking Vision Episode 395 25th October 2017

October 26, 2017

Ahmet Ustel is one of three winners of the Holman prize that funds the dreams and adventures for people who are blind or have low vision. Ahmet is a kayker and plans to cross the 3km Bosphorus Strait, a strait that forms the continental boundary between Europe and  Asia. To achieve this Ahmet is developing a suite of non-visual guidance technology.

Ahmet talks about his early life in Turkey and his love of the Bosphorus Strait, and water in general, and the initial inspiration behind developing the technology.

Also on the program, Vision Australia’s retail services manager Andrew Wheeler chats about the exciting new range of merchandise now available from our shops – just in time for Christmas.


Talking Vision Episode 394 18th October 2017

October 19, 2017

This week, Dr Fred Schroeder, President of the world blind union, was recently in Australia on invitation from Blind Citizens Australia for its 2017 national convention. While in the country Dr Schroeder  visited other blindness organisations and we were honoured to have the opportunity to speak with him.

Stephen Jolley leads this conversation, which ranges from Dr Schroeder’s early life; his denial of being blind and his eventual acceptance, to his education and self-advocacy in his early career and his on-going advocacy for all people who are blind or have low vision.

It’s an illuminating conversation and Dr Schroeder he is an eloquent, intelligent and inspiring speaker. 


Talking Vision Episode 393 11th October 2017

October 12, 2017

It’s a special Talking Vision this week as we celebrate International White Cane Day, 15 October and take a walk down to the shops with white cane user, Martin Wright. Throughout the walk, Martin explains how the different ways he can employ his cane to navigate the world around him without sight and the independence using a white cane gives him.

Following this we speak with Orientation and Mobility Specialist Luke Price about the types of canes that people use and how people arrive at the decision to use a cane.

Martin is the focus of the podcast series An Interesting Place to Be. The series follows Martins journey through the first year of his vision loss. 


Talking Vision Episode 392 4th October 2017

October 5, 2017

Blind Citizen’s Australia’s national convention is just around the corner, 13 to 15 October. Prue Watt from the planning committee joins us to discuss the workshops, panels and keynote speakers taking place over the weekend. 

Also on the program, we’re joined by casting agency founder

Graeme de Vallance who is on the lookout for people who are blind or vision impaired for a documentary on finding a dream job.

Then we will hear from Kate Begley from our advocacy team about Vision Australia’s recommendations at the recent public hearing into to school to work transition

And then Frances Keyland presents Reader Recommended.


Talking Vision Episode 391 27th September 2017

September 28, 2017

This week on Talking Vision, on September 20th the Reserve Bank of Australia rolled out the new tactile $10 note.

In early September Vision Australia hosted a pre-launch for this momentous occasion. Stephen Jolley was there on the day on behalf of Talking Vision and you’ll hear speeches and interviews from the day including federal  Member for Higgins and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer and Samantha Marsh from Blind Citizens Australia.

Also on the program, we chat with Nemoy Malcolm about Vision Australia’s Peer Support Program and the many ways it can assist people who are blind or have low vision.


Talking Vision Episode 390 20th September 2017

September 21, 2017

Chef Penny Melville Brown is the creator of Baking Blind a YouTube series that features Penny cooking with a range of different people from all walks of life. Her aim is to connect people through the “universal language of food and cooking”.

Penny is Holman Prize winner and is using her prize money to travel Penny will travel to Costa Rica, Malawi, Australia, China and the United States, all over the course of a year. Along the way, she will meet chefs, teach blind people and community leaders the techniques and panache of blind baking, and film these encounters to ensure that people change their assumptions about the capabilities of blind chefs.

She chats with Stella on the eve of her departure date about the thrill of winning the prize, her own vision loss and what a chef takes with her when packing her bags.

Also on the program Nemoy Malcolm, Peer Support coordinator at Vision Australia discusses how the Peer Support program can assist people through life’s challenges.  


Talking Vision Episode 389 13th September 2017

September 14, 2017

With the announcement of the inaugural Holman Prize this week it seems fitting to replay an interview with CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired based in San Francisco, Bryan Bashin.

The prize, which funds the ambitions of blind people worldwide, is an initiative of The Lighthouse and in this interview from February 2017 Bryan discusses the history of the organisation, its main philosophy and also the exciting news about the Holman Prize.


Talking Vision Episode 388 6th September 2017

September 7, 2017

This week we speak with Vision Australia Radio volunteer Rosemary Penn. Rosemary has been volunteering with the Adelaide station for close to 35 years and has recently been honoured with a nomination for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. We chat with Rosemary about her early connection with Vision Australia Radio and what motivates her to continue to keep volunteering. 

We also speak with Haylee Revel from Vision Australia’s  marketing team chats about the launch of the organisations 2018 diaries and calendars.

And, Frances Keyland is on with a Reader Recommended and this time around it Kerry Greenwood’s Taman Shud.


Talking Vision Episode 387 30th August 2017

August 31, 2017

Talking Vision celebrates Father’s Day and speaks with two dads: dad to five boys (and grandfather to one) Jamie Kelly and dad to two boys Cameron Roles. Both Jamie and Cameron are totally blind. They discuss the specific challenges of joy of being a dad when you are blind and the universal similarities that all fathers share.