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

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.

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.