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

Phone:
(03) 9654 1400

Email: Blind Citizens Australia

Donate to Blind Citizens Australia by using the PayPal button below



ABC Iview Audio Described Programs – February 2016

Please find below a list of Audio Described programs that will become available on iview in February 2016.

As always, programs are subject to schedule changes however this is what is currently planned.

  • Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War
  • Australian Story
  • Call The Midwife
  • Cuffs
  • Death In Paradise
  • Doc Martin
  • Fortitude
  • Foyles War
  • How Not To Behave
  • Inspector George Gently
  • Jack Irish
  • Joanna Lumley’s Nile
  • No Offence
  • Our Zoo
  • Peep Show
  • Sherlock
  • Still Open All Hours
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries
  • Vera
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Bubble Bath Bay
  • Bushwhacked
  • Charlie and Lola
  • Degrassi
  • Eve
  • Hoopla Doopla
  • Octonauts
  • Ready For This
  • Same But Different
  • Spooksville
  • Thunderbirds Are Go

You might find the instructional clip with information on how to access AD on iview useful. It can be found here: ABC Iview instructional Youtube clip

An FAQ document on the AD trial can be found here: AD Iview FAQ(Word docx)

To provide your feedbac during the trial, or for any other information pleas visit the ABC’s AD website

New Horizons Program 436

This week on program 436 of New Horizons, we start a very interesting series on the My Aged Care scheme. Lynne Davis, who holds the portfolio for the NDIS and My Aged Care programs on the BCA board, gives us a broad overview of the scheme, and what it means to people over 65. In the coming weeks we will be talking to some participants about their experiences, likes and dislikes.

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

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

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

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website

Soundabout February 2016

The February 2016 edition of Soundabout is now available. You can use the audio player above to listen or download

Please note, Soundabout is also 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, or
  • Using your podcatcher of choice manually subscribe by using the URL http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/

Contents of this edition includes:

  • Vaughn Bennison speaks with John Simpson about the recent face to face Board meeting
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Leah Van Poppel, CEO for a BCA update
  • Opening address of the 2015 BCA National Convention by David Blyth
  • Keynote address of the 2015 BCA National Convention by Bill Jolley
  • Peter Greco speaks with Vanessa Ransley, first time BCA Convention attendee
  • Marian Jones speaks with Janene Sadhu about the Womens Branch
  • Peter Greco speaks with Susie Barrington about the new Assistive Technology Users Group
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Steve Sparrow about the recent release of his new album
  • Rikki Chaplin speaks with George Booth from Travel Tree about upcoming tours
  • Diary Dates for NSW and ACT
  • BCA contact details

New Horizons Program 435

This week on program 435 of New Horizons, Vaughn Bennison visits the Blind Citizens Australia office in Melbourne, where he speaks with CEO, Leah van Poppel. She tells us how she’s enjoying the job, and covers issues such as funding, aged care, and others. Vaughn also tells us of a new e-mail address for New Horizons feedback.

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

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

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

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website

BCA Calls for Taxis to Accept Dog Guides

On Monday, January 18, Nadia Mattiazzo, a Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) member who is totally blind and uses a dog guide, was refused service by a taxi driver because of her dog. “This is the sixth or seventh time I’ve been refused service in the last year. I’ve lodged complaints every time it’s happened and there has been very little action taken at any time”, Nadia said today in an interview with 3AW.

Alarmingly, Nadia was holding the door handle of the taxi when it pulled away in this latest instance, raising serious safety concerns.

“We at BCA share Nadia’s frustration,” said BCA CEO Leah van Poppel. “Although we know the issues for taxi companies can be complicated – such as high staff turnover and cultural concerns – it’s unacceptable in this day and age that a person who is blind should have their safety compromised by ignorance.”

BCA regularly hears from members who have been illegally refused taxi travel in Victoria and across the country, and works actively to advocate for change with organisations like the Victorian Taxi Commission.

“Despite a great deal of publicity being given to instances of dog guide users being refused service by taxi drivers, the issue continues to occur across the country,” said Ms van Poppel. We’re calling on companies, drivers and regulators to step up. We know the answers aren’t easy, but clearly more needs to be done.”

Media contact: Leah van Poppel BCA CEO

0430 210 980 leah.van.poppel@bca.org.au