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.
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.