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

Peer Mentoring Opportunity

 

In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of Peer Mentoring training teleconferences. This will also include support as candidates begin to act as mentors within the community.

Find out more about this opportunity here.

Leadership Development Training

 

In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership training teleconferences and a leadership immersion event.

Find out more about this training opportunity here.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest for National Convention Contributors

 

BCA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals and organisations with an interest in contributing to our national convention program as presenters, session coordinators or access technology exhibitors. The national convention is our organisation’s flagship event and will be held in Hobart in 2019 from 29 March to 1 April.

The convention provides opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to socialise with and learn from others who are blind or vision impaired, learn about the latest blindness products and services and to contribute to the future direction of our organisation.

Follow this link to find out more and to register your expression of interest.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 December 2018.

 

Livestream BCA’s Annual General Meeting this Saturday

 

Blind Citizens Australia is holding it’s 43rd AGM this Saturday, 1st December. If you can’t attend the event in person in Melbourne, you can listen live via the BCA website at 11am AEST. Follow the link below to access the livestream links.

You can also interact remotely with the event by sending your questions through via text message. The SMS number to use is 0488 824 623.

LISTEN TO THE AGM LIVE

Consultation: Expectations of Service Providers

 

Have your say!

Please see below a discussion paper for Blind Citizens Australia’s Service Provider Expectations Policy consultation.

Follow the link to the discussion paper to find out about the new policy and how you can help to shape it.

Discussion paper: Expectations of Service Providers Policy (Word doc)

The discussion paper is also available in Braille, audio or large print on request.

 

You can contribute by:

  • Emailing your feedback to NPC@bca.org.au
  • Calling BCA on 1800 033 660 to be put in touch with a member of the NPC
  • Attend teleconferences that the NPC is hosting:
    • Wednesday 28 November 1pm AEDT
    • Thursday 29 November 8pm AEDT
    • Wednesday 5 December 8pm AEDT
    • Thursday 6 December 1pm AEDT
  • Spaces in the teleconferences are limited, so please call BCA on 1800 033 660 to book your place as soon as possible
  • All feedback must be received by Friday 21st December 2018