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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.

Welcome to BCA, the national organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired.

Contact BCA:

Toll Free:
1800 033 660

(03) 9654 1400

Email: Blind Citizens Australia

Donate to Blind Citizens Australia by using the PayPal button below

SoundAbout Autumn 2018 Now Available

Dear Member

The Autumn 2018 edition of Soundabout is now available. We apologise that this electronic version is a little late but we have had some technical issues.

You can use the audio player above to listen or download. Alternativly, for your convenience, you can use the links below. The first is with the words “listen to SoundAbout Autumn 2018” for immediate listening. The other is with the word “download SoundAbout Autumn 2018” for placing on a device for listening at a later date.

Contents of this edition include:

  • Steve Richardson speaks with CEO, Emma Bennison for an update on BCA
  • Peter Greco speaks with Angela Jaeshcke, new BCA Policy Officer
  • Marian Jones speaks with Vicki Alipasinopoulos for a Womens Branch update
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Graeme Innes about the Banking Association Accessibility Review
  • Glen Morrow speaks with new Board Director, Helen Freris
  • Dr Fred Schroeder speaking from the National Convention
  • Jonathan Mosen, speaks about accessible technology

Listen to SoundAbout Autumn 2018


Download SoundAbout Autumn 2018

Please note that Soundabout is also available as a podcast which you can subscribe to. You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • If you are a Vision Australia library client, make enquiries with them, call 1300 847 466
  • Using your podcatcher of choice use the search term “Blind Citizens Australia” to manually search.

New Horizons Program 450

This week on program 450 of New Horizons, budget has been the word of the week and New Horizons is no exception. Find out how the federal budget will impact on the lives of Australians who are blind or vision impaired, as well as some unwelcome news affecting our Radio Reading network. We hear first from Blind Citizens Australia CEO, Leah Van Poppel, then we talk to Nicci Lindemann, manager of 2RPH in Sydney to find out how the proposed cuts to Community Radio will impact on RPH stations across the country.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To manually subscribe, using your pod catcher of choice, place the following URL http://www.bca.org.au/feed/ in the appropriate field to subscribe to the New Horizons program.

If you are a Vision Australia I-Access Library member, you can subscribe to New Horizons using the I-Access on line catalogue. Use the find facility within the on line catalogue with the search term “New Horizons” and you will be presented with current and past programs of New Horizons, from there you can subscribe to the podcast.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

And on the The Global Voice

Braille Music Camp 2016

A Camp for Braille readers who love music and want to learn, improve, transcribe or teach Braille music.

The 31st Camp will be held at Frensham, Range Road, Mittagong NSW 2575
From Saturday evening 25th June to breakfast Saturday 2nd July 2016

An Application form can be downloaded here: 2016 braille camp application form

For further details Contact:
Roma Dix,
11 Bourne Close
Mittagong NSW 2575
P: 02 48 711 086
M: 0432 466 882
E: romad@westnet.com.au

BCA media release: we’ll be able to read our bills but can we pay them?

For Immediate Release.

Budget 2016: We’ll be able to read our bills but can we pay them?

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) today welcomes the federal government budget focus on aged care supports and a commitment to ensuring funding for the NDIS, but says reviews of DSP for 90,000 and cuts to power subsidies for new pensioners are of major concern.

“It’s great that the government has invested in the NDIS Savings Fund Special Account, and the My Aged Care consumer portal,” said BCA CEO Leah van Poppel.

“We’re concerned that 90,000 people may be taken off Disability Support Pension without a safety net or a jobs plan. We could see people getting the right equipment under NDIS to read their bills but if they come off DSP they won’t be able to pay them.”

“It’s also great that the government has recognized what our members are telling us: that information on My Aged Care is truly limited for consumers. We hope that the extra money will include work to make information available to people with disability about their access to My Aged Care in the formats they choose, like Braille or radio.”

We also welcome:

  • $96.1m for Try, Test and Learn program for innovative approaches to those at risk of long term welfare dependency;
  • $118m funding for students with disabilities

What’s missing:

  • funding for national representation by disability specific disabled person’s organisations;
  • A rights based approach for audio description on broadcast television;
  • Funding to ensure no copayment for disability specific supports in My Aged Care.

Media contact:
Leah van Poppel CEO:
Tel: 0430 210 980