Welcome To Blind Citizens Australia

 

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

Whether you are blind, have a vision impairment , a family member or friend of a person who is blind or vision impaired, BCA is here to assist you.

We provide information, peer support, individual and systemic advocacy, and consultancy services. Our Branches act as local lobby groups and provide opportunities for social interaction for members.

Explore our site. Learn about us. Listen to SoundAbout for profiles of people who are blind or vision impaired and those working with our community. If you are interested in audio-described TV, cinema and DVD content check out It’s Our Turn. Set your dial and tune in to our weekly radio program New Horizons. For the issues and policies that affect you, plus useful information and tips, turn to the pages of BC News or Parent News.

Contact BCA:

Toll Free:
1800 033 660

Phone:
03 9654 1400

Text:
0488 824 623

Email: Blind Citizens Australia

Donate to Blind Citizens Australia by using the PayPal “Donate” button below (you can donate via PayPal without setting up a PayPal account).




New Horizons Podcast

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio show. It is an interview style, with topics relevant to people who are blind or vision impaired. It runs for about 15 minutes, in MP3 format. To listen, you can use the audio player below.

From January 2018, New Horizons and other BCA audio files are available from a new podcast feed ! You can subscribe to the Blind Citizens Australia podcast feed by pointing your Pod-Catcher to: http://blindcitizens.podbean.com/feed

To visit the Blind Citizens Australia podbean page, go to: http://blindcitizens.podbean.com

Enchanted Hills Camp is Back!

Have you ever thought about working at an American Summer Camp? Here’s your chance! From mid-June to late-July you could be working as a volunteer Camp Counsellor at The Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, California, America.

Enchanted Hills Camp is located on Mt Veeder, just outside of Napa, California and provides a dedicated program of camps for people who are blind or vision impaired across the American summer. Each week a new bus load of campers arrives at the camp to enjoy a week of outdoor recreational activities, sport, art, drama, music, swimming and fun.

As a camp counsellor, your role is to work with your assigned campers to ensure they get the most out of their time at camp. This includes encouraging campers to participate in their chosen activities, assisting campers to prepare for the day and encouraging a fun environment. If you have a particular skill or interest, you may also be called upon to lead or assist in the leading of various activities.

Blind Citizens Australia recognises the great opportunities that an experience like this can provide and would like to support 4 residents from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory by reimbursing them up to $1,000.00AUD for the cost of flights to and from San Francisco International Airport.

To be eligible to take part in this opportunity you must:

  • Be over the age of 18 on the date of travel
  • Have a valid passport and be eligible to travel to the United States
  • Be a member of Blind Citizens Australia (if you’re not already, you can do this by calling 1800 033 660 or visiting www.bca.org.au)
  • Be able to arrange travel to Sydney International Airport on the day of departure.
  • Be willing to participate in Blind Citizens Australia activities that relate to the creation of a similar camp style program in Australia.

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Coordinator at sally.aurisch@bca.org.au by 2nd April 2019.

Your expression of Interest must include:

  • Your full name, date of birth, contact number and email address
  • Whether you have (or are able to obtain) a valid passport
  • An explanation of why you would like to volunteer as a Camp Counsellor at Enchanted Hills Camp (250 works)
  • Some ideas about what you could bring to the camp as a camp counsellor; what are you passionate about? What do you love to do? (100 words)
  • Some thoughts on how volunteering as a Camp Counsellor may benefit you in the future (150 words)
  • Confirmation that you will be able to meet the additional travel costs not covered by the reimbursement of $1,000.00AUD. This could include:
    • Passport
    • ESTA (the US equivalent of a Visa), aprox $20AUD
    • Travel insurance
    • Travel to / from Sydney International Airport
    • Any additional cost for return flights to San Francisco if the cost of the flight exceeds $1,000.00
    • Coach transfers from San Francisco airport to Napa, California (Aprox $60AUD return)
    • Incidental expenses while at camp

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Coordinator on 1800 033 660 or sally.aurisch@bca.org.au

If you’d like to know more about The Enchanted Hills Camp, check out www.lighthouse-sf.org/enchanted-hills

Applications close at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Employment Opportunity: Policy Officer

Blind Citizens Australia is looking for a Policy Officer to join our national team. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and experienced, with the ability to work autonomously. We encourage applications from people who are blind or vision impaired, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This is a 12 month contract with the possibility of extension.

Find out more about the role here.

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a current resume, must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Friday 5 April 2019.

Register for BCA’s 2019 National Convention

We are now accepting registrations for our 2019 National Convention!

This year the event will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, at the Old Woolstore hotel, from 29 March to 1 April.

To register, or for comprehensive details about the program, award nominations, arrangements for first time attendees, and much more, visit our convention page.

Vote for Emma Now!


Emma Bennison and Nick Gleeson Nominated for Impact 25 Awards

In December 2018, 337 exceptional people were nominated for Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards. These awards recognise people who make a positive impact on Australia’s social sector. The calibre of the nominees is extraordinary, and they are recognised for their commitment and hard work towards a greater good.

Our very own Emma Bennison is a nominee and we’re inviting you to vote for her and potentially two other individuals (a maximum of 3) to help find the most impactful among this deserving pool of leaders within the Australian social sector and the wider community. We’d also like to acknowledge fellow nominee and BCA member, Nicholas Gleeson and ask you to consider him when casting your votes.

Voting is now open, and closes at 5pm on 31 January. Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQR9G8Y. The voting process is accessible, but due to the high number of nominees, finding names on the list can be challenging. The easiest way to vote is using an IOS device and if you’re looking at Emma’s name, you can swipe up with three fingers until you get to page 10 or 11 depending on font size.

Pro Bono have also provided us with a  list of nominees names with background information as a word document to provide simpler accessibility. If you are unable to access the voting link, or find it difficult they have also allowed BCA the option of taking phone or email votes directly. You’ll just need to provide us with the names of the people you wish to vote for, your email address and your name and we will collate and forward on behalf of our members. To cast your vote via phone, please call us on 1800 033 660.

Life Ready Program – expressions of interest now open

 

BCA is running a program in early 2019 designed to develop independence and skills to empower you to live the life you choose. “Life Ready” will consist of a series of interactive teleconferences and participants will then have the opportunity to participate in an immersion weekend where they will be supported by peers to develop the practical skills related to living an independent life.

Find out more here.