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.
April 11, 2019
We speak with Maribel Steel author of Blindness for Beginners – a renewed vision of possible. Part memoir and part self-help, the book demystifies the reality of living with blindness while providing practical suggestions to those facing vision loss.
Also on the program, Blind Citizen Australia recently held its biennial convention and members Susan Thompson and Stephen Jolley discuss the key events of the weekend and important role the event plays for community.
March 20, 2019
Joana d’Orey-Novo is a Senior Investigator/Conciliator and Policy and Education Officer at the Australian Human Rights Commission and also one of the speakers at a recent Vision Australia career day. Joana offer insights and advice on technology, recognising great opportunities and the importance of communication skills for a person who is blind or has low vision.
Also on the program, Janene Sadhu, president of BCA women’s branch chats about what the branch can offer women and how to get involved.
March 15, 2019
As part of World Gluacoma Week, March 11-16, we speak with Gaela Hilditch who lives with Glaucoma and runs a regular support group. Glaucoma is a complex condition and often presents with little to no prior symptoms. Vision Australia orthoptist, Anita Egan, discusses some treatment options and the importance of eye health care.
March 7, 2019
It is a special talking vision this week as March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day that celebrates the achievements of all women.
We chat with actor, artist and performer Sarah Houlbot and her busy time on stage and film. Also on the program, Vildana Praljak discusses the upcoming Vision Australia event Leadership, Fashion and Wine with guest inspirational speaker Fur Wale.
February 28, 2019
We catch up with CEO of Vision Australia, Ron Hooton to chat about the developments in Vision Australia’s Children Services area.
Anthea Taylor is also on the program with library information and the exciting progress on the Marrakesh Treaty.
Jonathan Craig editor of Blind Citizens Australia magazine discusses the latest edition just out.
February 21, 2019
We hear from Norman “Ed” Bailey who was recently acknowledged on the Australia Day Honours list for his services to the performing arts. Ed established a well-known youth theatre and served on the drama league board. He lost his vision ten years ago but is still involved in theatre.
Also on the program, Kate from our Advocacy and Engagement Team gives up an update on all the work taking place around audio description and silent cars campaigns.
February 15, 2019
Ross McGregor is a musician, songwriter and music producer and was recently inducted into the Tamworth Music Hands of Fame for his services to country music. He’s also one of the few blind music producers in Australia. He chats about what he loves about music and his work for the past 40 years.
Also on the program, Frances Keyland presents a very special reader recommended with No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani which recently won The Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction.