May Edition of BCA Parents News

The May edition of BCA Parent News is now available!

To grab your copy please go to May 2015 BCA Parent News (Word doc)

In this edition you will find the following items:

  • Parent News moving to a mailchimp format in August 2015
  • Youth Leadership Development Program for Individuals who are Deafblind
  • The 13th WBUAP ONKYO World braille essay contest 2015
  • Spacecamp 2015
  • Blindness – What it means in the mind of a blind child
  • 50 Daisy players @ $50.00 for families
  • The Lighthouse Facebook Group
  • Puggle’s Parents Facebook Group
  • Braille Music Camp 2015
  • BCA Resources
  • “Stay Still, Squeaky!”: the first accessible, interactive, audio eBook for toddlers
  • Disability standard for education website
  • BCA membership, only $20 for lifetime membership!
  • We want to hear from you!
  • Follow BCA on Facebook and Twitter

If you would like to read past editions of BCA Parent News, please visit our Publications page

Happy reading,
From the team at Blind Citizens Australia.

Resignation from BCA Board

Due to increasing work commitments, Lauren Henley has informed me that she will need to resign her Directorship on the BCA board.

It is with regret that the Board has accepted Lauren’s resignation. Lauren has been an outstanding contributor to the governance of BCA; to lose her ability and skill-set will be a great loss.

The BCA Board would like to wish Lauren all the best for the future.

Thank you

Greg Madson

Vision Australia’s “Tell the Whole Story” Campaign

Vision Australia has launched a letter campaign, called “Tell the whole story”, to compel broadcasters and the Minister for Communications, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, to ‘tell the whole story’ by mandating the delivery of audio description on Australian television.

This campaign coincides with Vision Australia lodging a Disability Discrimination Act complaint against all commercial television stations in Australia, including Foxtel. The complaint argues that the stations must provide an audio description service for at least 14 hours of content per week. These complaints follow a recent survey of our clients in which 86 per cent of respondents felt that an audio description service was important to allow people who are blind or have low vision to access the full TV experience.

Add your voice to this campaign by writing to Minister Turnbull using the form on the link to the Vision Australia website below. You can add your personal experience of audio description to this letter, which will then be sent to the Minister on your behalf.

Audio Description: Tell the Whole Story Survey

‘The Experience of Blind Education’ with introduction by Kerry O’Brien

by Shane Doepel

Interviews with professional blind citizens from Australia and New Zealand who share their Experiences of using Braille.

Watch on YouTube

2nd Lions World Song Festival for the Blind

Invite to all blind singers to take part in the 2nd Lions World Song Festival for the Blind „Sounds from the Heart“, which takes place in Poland, Cracow, between the 12th and 14th of November 2015.

The contest is intended for talented vocalists struggling with sight problems – blind or partially sighted, who are not professional musicians. We believe that the competition will start their professional careers.
Deadline registration: 31 may 2015.

All details (program, rules of participations, ecc): Lions Festival Rules


For the first edition of our festival, which took place in November 2013, 29 blind singers were qualified and supported by 33 different Lions Clubs.

All the emotions which accompanied our contestants and the Clubs they were supported by, were recorded on two CDs and a DVD. The costs of album (2 CDs and DVD) – 5 EUR.

We would like to invite you to support blind vocalists by buying this album published in a beautiful cover. Foto:


Best regards,

Joanna Ciuchta
Business Travel Manager
T: +48 124296065

ul. Gęsia 8
31-535 Kraków