Yuma Decaux is one of the winners, and the first Australian, to win the Holman Prize 2019. He plans to build an online community to make astronomy more accessible to blind people. Stella chats with him and retired scientist and self-confessed astronomy geek, Robert Dorin about their love of astronomy and what motivates them to searching among the stars and planets despite vision loss.
We chat with Ria Adriani a soprano with the Sydney Chamber Choir and an expert on choral music. She also works with Vision Australia as a braille music transcriber.
Also on the program, we speak with job seeker Amid on how to stay motivated and where to get assistance.
This week, part two of Bruce Maguire’s excellent conversation with Tom Macmahon – recent recipient of the Tammy Axelsen Lifetime Achievement Award.
Also on the program, we chat with CEO of Vision Australia, Ron Hooten, about the Vision Australia awards and Sally Aurisch discusses a new survey from Blind Citizens Australia..
Vision Australia Radio is calling for government funding to keep the network running. We speak with network manager Conrad Browne about what closure could mean for people with a print disability and how people can take action to assist.
Tom Macmahon is the 2019 recipient of the Tammy Axelsen Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to print disability. In part one of a two part conversation with Bruce Maguire about his life’s work and the future of print accessibility.
This week, tune in to the joy of braille and music with our most popular show of the year, the National Braille Music Camp. Every year in late June, blind music students and their mentors from around Australia come together for the National Braille Music Camp at Mittagong in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. Camp leader, musician and braille music teacher, Jordie Howell, co-hosts the program. She speaks with two camp participants, violin player Karmae and trumpet player Sydney and some of the music created during the week of celebration and fun learning.
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.
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.