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.
May 5, 2021
It’s a special Mother’s Day edition of Talking Vision this week, as Sam sits down for a chat with Wanda Egerton and Anna Dal for this year’s Mother’s Day panel. They talked about their experiences as mums who are blind or have low vision, what challenges they faced and how they educated those around them to understand more about being a parent with a vision condition.
April 28, 2021
It's International Guide Dog Day this week on April 28, and to celebrate we have a couple of young dog guide owners on the show.
First up on this week's episode Sam catches up with Ollie Fanshawe, who recently joined with his mum Melissa and Seeing Eye Dogs trainer Brooke Anderson to talk about the difference his Seeing Eye Dog Sadie has made to his independence.
Then Stella has a chat with high school student Tegan about the benefits of having a guide dog that she had observed in her time around them from a young age, which prompted her to get her own guide dog Louis when she turned 16.
April 21, 2021
We talk to Dr Theresa Ruig from Vision Australia this week about an upcoming series of Career Samplers taking place around Australia on the 8th of May, which connects children and young people with mentors to chat about education, employment and life.
Courtney McKee also catches up with Niky Hepi, who talks about the benefits of pottery as a way of keeping mentally active and practicing mindfulness, as well as how she makes her classes accessible for participants who are blind or have low vision.
Later in the show Frances Keyland joins us for a Reader Recommended, and we wrap up with some news and information.