June 19, 2019
In 1969 Owen Jones became the first blind telephonist to work at the Australian Council for Trade Unions (ACTU) which was then headed by Bob Hawke (who went on to become Prime Minister of Australia). Owen recounts his time working at the Council and meeting Mr. Hawke. Owen also shares his story on how he lost his vision.
Also on the program, details on Vision Australia’s Stand Up For Your Rights webinar.
June 13, 2019
We chat with Braille House general manager, Sally Balwin, about the Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition for 2019. The competition is a must for all writers who are blind or have low vision.
Also on the program, we hear about an upcoming Vision Australia Facebook live event for young people who are on the career path.
May 30, 2019
As part of National Reconciliation week, May 27 –June , Frances presents an extended Reader Recommended that focuses on some of the finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers in Australia.
Also on the program, Cassie Hassall from our volunteer programming team about an upcoming Dinner in the Dark event and we hear from a Vision Australia Radio volunteer who’s just celebrated 35 years of service.
May 23, 2019
Global Access Awareness Day -16 May, aims to raise awareness on the importance of inclusive and accessibility in technology. Jamie Kelly, Vision Australia’s online support officer, chats with Neil King our national manager for digital access about what accessibility in technology means.
Also on the program, Sam Colley, from our communications team speaks with Santiago Velasquez Hurtado, an electrical engineering student who is heading off to the United Nations to speak at the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
May 15, 2019
We celebrate national volunteer week and chat with Ben Page a young volunteer with low vision who moderates one of Vision Australia’s Telelink programs.
Also on the program, we talk with a recent visitor to Australia, (Shmuel) Alan Siegel from Israel’s Lighthouse Foundation for the Blind. Working for over 40 years as an orientation and mobility specialist, Alan discusses the positive changes that have taken place in O&M and the joy that he gets from his work.
May 10, 2019
This week, Talking Vision celebrates Mothers’ Day.
We hear from first time new mum Vildana , and mother of three, Beth . They discuss the joys and challenges of being a mother when you are blind or have low vision and the commonalities shared by all mothers.
May 2, 2019
In honour of International Guide Dog Day, April 24, we replay an interview with Chris Edwards and Carmela Carey and their Seeing Eye Dogs Odie and Rosie to discuss the life changing benefits of having a dog alongside the discrimination that they’ve faced when out in the community with their dog.
April 17, 2019
Paul Larcombe is an independent QLD candidate for the Australian senate in the upcoming federal election. If elected he’ll be the first blind person in Australian Parliament. He speaks with Stella about his motivation to enter politics, some of the unique challenges he’s facing and where he is gathering support.
Also on the program, the State Library of Victoria is holding a sensory story time in conjunction with Vision Australia for World Book Day. We chat with Felix Library coordinator, Sarah Bloedorn about the event.