Vision Australia has launched its 2020 audio description schedule
for 2020. We chat with Audio Manager, Conrad Browne about some of the highlights including the upcoming Carols by Candlelight.
Also on the program, Julie from the Vision Store with some great Christmas present ideas and we discuss the launching of a new website for disabled travelers.
Blind Citizens Australia has secured two-year funding to support people who wish to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities. We speak to BCA’s National Advocacy Projects Officer, Rikki Chaplin on this most important work.
Also on the program, we chat with blind singer and pianist Paul Kapeleris whose success on Australia’s Got Talent has lead him to performing at this year’s Carols by Candlelight.
Gene therapy, for retinal disease, has been approved for clinical use in the US and Europe. It’s anticipated that many more gene therapies will become available in the next few years.
We chat with Dr. Tom Edwards Principal Investigator in retinal gene therapy research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia about the possibilities this might offer to someone living with a retinal disease.
Also on the program, Stephen Jolley and Peter Greco reflect on the life of Paralympian Kieran Modra who was tragically killed recently while out riding.
We chat with Lee Strickland who’s been nominated for an ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award for her work with children who are blind or have low vision with other disabilities. She is dedicated and committed to enabling her students to enjoy all the benefits of music and playing musical instruments.
Also on the program, Sonali Marathe, president of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print disability and the call out for abstracts at the 2020 Conference.
And Frances Keyland is on the program with a reader recommended.
Happy Birthday to Talking Vision as we celebrate our 500th episode. It’s been almost ten years since the program began in April of 2010 with Stephen Jolley at the helm. We look back on the past ten years with regular guests Jordie Howell, Julie Scott, Peter Greco, Frances Keyland, Stephen Jolley and of course, host, Stella Glorie.
We play guest speak Ben Petingill’s speech recorded from Vision Australia’s recent AGM. Ben lost his vision aged 16 and decided he still needed to live his life on his own terms.
Also on the program we chat with pre-employment consultant Belinda Wilson on the importance of the NDIS in your career search.
Vision Australia held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday October 23. In this special Talking Vision you hear can highlights from the AGM and other proceedings
Chair Andrew Moffet
CEO Ron Hooton
Guest Speaker and Client Reference Group Member Melissa Fanshaw
Client Guest Speaker and Vision Australia Australia Award recipient Ben Pettingill
Vision Australia Award Winner Nadia Mattiazzo
Exam time is upon us and Sam Colley chats with tertiary student Bashir about reducing stress and making sure your accessibility needs are met.
Also on the program, Stella talks with Vision Australia Career Sart graduate Katherine about the benefits of the program and how it’s given her springboard for her future employment prospects.
Stephen Jolley joins the program along with Caren and Jim to chat about White Cane Day.
Vision Australia CEO, Ron Hooten, gives us the update on the new program to further assist people with their NDIS plans and reviews. Julie from the shop talks about the range of white and coloured canes available.