February 6, 2020
Vision Australia Radio’s new program, Studio 1, takes a look at a topic of the week from a blindness and low vision perspective. We chat with host, Matthew Layton on how people can get involved.
Stephen Jolley has extended and lively conversation with Jan Miller OAM who was recently acknowledged with an Australia Day Honour for her considerable work in radio.
The current bushfire situation across the country is impacting a number of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, their families, carers and providers. We chat with General Manager, Chris Faulkner from the National Disability Insurance Agency.
January 31, 2020
Who doesn’t love a holiday? However, for many people who a blind or have low vision, navigating your way around an international airport terminal can feel like anything but a holiday. We chat with Nicole Ryan and Virgina Smedley from Melbourne Airport about their Hidden Disability Lanyard Program which aims to reduce the stress and confusion that can often accompany a visit through the airport.
Also on the show, we speak with educators Melissa Fanshaw and Dr Melissa Cain who answer the question: How can teachers best support students who can’t access the curriculum and content through their vision?
January 23, 2020
Can going blind ever be funny? We chat with blind comedian Tom Skelton about his upcoming show 2020 Visions: What if I hadn’t of gone blind? Tom believes that laughing about blindness can reduce stigma and make it seem less of a frightening ordeal.
Also on the program, university which can be doubly daunting if you’re blind or have low vision. Vision Australia is hosting a stand-up for your rights webinar and we chat with former university student and webinar panelist, Jane about the event and how to advocate for your rights as a student.
January 16, 2020
In a first, the Melbourne Fashion Festival is providing audio description in its 2020 event.
We chat with Melbourne Fashion Festival General Manager Yolanda Finch and Vildana from Vision Australia’s Service Design team about this exciting initiative and the role fashion plays for all people with a disability.
Also on the program, we chat with Project Manager Adelina Holloway about Vision Australia’s new program for seniors who blind or have low vision. ‘Be Connected’ is aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.
January 9, 2020
“A place where people can talk to each other is one of the most effective ways they can get back to restoring a life that they feel like they’ve lost (after vision loss).”
This week we feature an extended conversation with Cameron Algie who reflects on 14 years of working as a Quality Living Group Coordinator for Vision Australia.
December 19, 2019
With ABC Radio declining to broadcast coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. Advocate and sports-enthusiast, Stephen Jolley, believes this will exclude the blindness and low vision community from a national conversation. We replay an interview with Peter Greco and Stephen how people can lobby the national broadcaster to change their decision.
Also on the program, President of Blind Citizens Australia, John Simpson, on highlights for 2019 and what’s coming up for the association in 2020.
December 11, 2019
In the lead up to Christmas we hear about a hippo on a roof eating Christmas Cake. Sarah from our Felix Library chats with Children’s book author, Hazel Edwards, and Frances Keyland presents a reader recommended.