July 7, 2021
This week on the program Stella speaks with Phillip, a retired mathematician and computer scientist who talks about how his work in the way robots process visual information led him to ask the same question of humans, and how his own experiences with vision loss influenced his research.
But first, Sam briefly catches up with Seeing Eye Dogs puppy trainer Paige Coleman to talk about the upcoming Puppy Games on July 22, and Frances joins the program with a Reader Recommended.
June 30, 2021
Francois talks about what he’s discovered through Vision Australia Radio, and why he’s enjoyed listening to the various programs on Vision Australia Radio over the years. Stella sat down with him a little while back to share his story as part of this month’s Radiothon, and that interview is coming up later in the program.
But first we hear from Caleb, an information technology student from Federation University in Ballarat. Caleb was this year’s recipient of the Fairhall Memorial Award, which awards $500 to one student around Australia who is blind or has low vision, he talks about how this has helped him hit the ground running in his degree and what path of IT he hopes to follow in the future.
Then to wrap up the show Sam catches up with Stella to chat about the latest news from For Your Information, and Frances joins the program with a Reader Recommended.
June 23, 2021
We hear from Harriet Moffat, host of the Seeing Eye Dogs Show on Vision Australia Radio, talking about dispelling some misconceptions members of the public have had about the life of a Seeing Eye Dog. Sam recently had a chat with her to highlight her show as part of this month’s Radiothon, and you can hear that interview later in the program.
Coming up first though, Sam catches up with Telelink coordinator Maria Markou to chat about the Special Interest groups that are coming up as part of the Telelink program in July, and then we wrap up the show with a bit of news and information.
June 16, 2021
We hear from blind triathlete and motivational speaker Nathan Johnston about what he enjoys most about competing in triathlons, and the experiences that have stuck with him while taking part as a triathlete.
Before that though, Sam has a quick chat with Jason from Vision Australia Radio about this month’s Radiothon, and then we wrap up the show this week with a bit of news and information.
June 9, 2021
Diana Fisk is on the show this week talking about her latest film True Vision, which explores how people deal with unexpected obstacles in their lives, and the perceptions that go with diagnosis and disability.
Then later in the show as part of this month’s theme of Radiothon, Stella catches up with long time Vision Australia Radio Adelaide presenter Peter Greco to talk about life behind the mic, his fondest memories and where it all started for him.
June 2, 2021
On this week’s episode Sam catches up with Blind Speed managing director Ben Felten who talks about the rush of excitement he still feels to this day every time he jumps on the motorbike, as well as the extra challenges he faces as a rider who is blind. Ben lost his vision in his late 20s as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, but since then he has established a new world motorcycle land speed record in March 2018, and has aspirations for new records to come.
June 2, 2021
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May 26, 2021
We catch up with Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton and diversity officer Ranmali McCormack to talk about Vision Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan, along with the initiatives the organisation has planned over the coming weeks and months both within Vision Australia and the community.
Later in the show Jamie Usher talks about life after losing his vision, his journey going back to study as a psychologist, and subsequently the motivation behind his podcast, the Mind Tradie, which focuses on mindfulness and positive mental health.
May 19, 2021
Audio journalism group facilitator Max Rowley is on the show this week to talk about the workshops he’s been running over the past year for people who are blind or have low vision, but also to share his love for radio and podcasts and encourage people to get involved.
We also have a piece from one of his participants, Melaine Robinson, who documented her experience late last year of living through the 8 month lockdown in Melbourne, and the sense of community that grew out of the challenges of the pandemic.
May 12, 2021
We hear from Sarah Hartley, an advocacy advisor at Vision Australia who’s recently joined the Queensland Accessible Transport Advisory Council to share her lived experiences as a transport user with low vision.
Tess Herbert and Polly Goodwin also join the show to talk about Nothing’s Off Limits, a new podcast series they’ll be hosting over the next 2 months on Vision Australia Radio, Frances joins the program for a reader recommended, and we wrap up the show with some news and information.