Wednesday 28th July
With many of our members affected by lockdown extensions in Sydney today we encourage all members who might need support or just someone to chat to reach out we are here for you all, 1800 033 660 or email us at email@example.com.
Also just a reminder that nominations for BCA’s David Blyth Award and the BCA Certificates of Appreciation close on Wednesday August 4. If you know someone who has made a huge difference to the lives of blind or vision impaired people please get in touch via phone or email.
This week BCA CEO Emma Bennison discusses our international student forum coming up next Monday as well as a couple of new recordings that have been added to our website. And just a reminder, applications for our project manager role working across our Eye to the Future program close this week.
View the video on:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindCitizensAustralia
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9hYGOVDH2v7yvteB_QyJtg
- BCA Website: https://www.bca.org.au/2021/01/27/member-update/
- Or read the transcript here: Transcript: CEO update 28th July
Save the Date
BCA Happy Hour
Thursday, 29th July 7:30 – 8:30pm AEST
Join Jane Britt this Thursday night to discuss intersectional leadership.
Next week, happy hour will be hosted by Martin Stewart who will chat about cortical vision loss.
Saturday, 31st July 8:00 – 9:00pm AEST
Hosted by Tony Grant trivia will be general knowledge with just a splash of Olympic based questions.
To join a Happy Hour or Trivia:
- To join via computer, laptop or tablet, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.
- To join via a smart phone, use this link: +61370182005,,88937210004#
- To join via a landline telephone, dial 03 7018 2005, then enter the Meeting ID: 889 3721 0004
- The passcode for the meeting is: 698021
International Student Forum
Monday, 2nd August 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Are you an international student, currently studying in Australia? Join representatives from BCA’s International Engagement Working Group to discuss study, blindness, and the services that may be available to support you.
For more information, visit: https://www.bca.org.au/2021/07/05/bca-international-student-forum/
BCA Inform – Policy, Projects and Future Prospects
Tuesday, 3rd Aug 7:15pm – 9pm AEST
Please join us for an interesting night of updates, hosted by Angela from BCA! You will hear about the Executive Leadership Program, the Eye to the Future 2.0, our Scholarship program, the work that BCA has been doing to improve accessibility in the upcoming census, how BCA has been testing devices from a number of banks to help improve accessibility, and more. It will be a great informative night and we’d love to have you there.
You can register via BCA Inform – Policy, Projects and future prospects update, Hosted online, 3rd of August | Humanitix, email our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1800 033 660.
BCA Inform – Recommendations
Tuesday, 7th September 7:15pm – 9pm AEST
In September, our BCA Inform will look a little different to our normal sessions and take the form of a Recommendations session. We would love you to register for the event and submit your recommendations for BCA’s work in the future – we want to hear from you! Please put the date in your calendar and all details will be available next week.
This week Vaughn Bennison interviews our new Communications Co-ordinator Jill McKee to talk all things communications and social media at BCA. To contact Jill with any BC News stories or any other communications suggestions email email@example.com
Catch up on this and other episodes here: https://new-horizons.pinecast.co/
A reminder that we would love to hear your thoughts on what we should discuss on the next New Horizons episode. Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that nominations for the David Blyth Award and BCA Certificates of Appreciation are open for one more week! Nominations close Wednesday 4th Aug. To submit a nomination, please email the nominee’s name and contact details along with your explanation for the nomination to email@example.com or call 1800 033 660 for assistance in submitting a nomination. We look forward to hearing from you!
Come and Try Beep Cricket
If you are in Brisbane the Blind Bats cricket club are having a “Come and Try day” starting this Sunday 1st August and continuing every Sunday from 11am until 2pm in Morayfield.
People from ages 13 of all abilities are invited to join and learn more about the sport in a fun and inclusive environment.
The Come and Try Day will be at: Devine Court Sportsground, 36 Devine Ct, Morayfield, QLD. For more information visit www.blindbats.org or call 0405 193 196.
Bored in lockdown? LA Theatre works have you covered
Looking for something to do in lockdown this week? LA Theatre Works have free full cast performances of plays available via their podcasting service. Their latest plays include ’Extinction’, which follows an Australia zoologist who gets funding to save an endangered species from the very company that threatens its existence. Will this deal with the devil allow her to save the species, or will it destroy her entire life’s work?
To listen search LA Theatre Works in your podcasting app or visit the link here: www.latw.org/podcasts
Adaptive Technology Webinar
The next adaptive technology live stream is on Tuesday 3rd August at 1pm, this week’s webinar will teach you how to:
- Navigate documents efficiently using keyboard shortcuts
- Using the new JAWS Personal Assistant, how it works and what it can do
- How to use a USB drive to copy files to and from your iPad
- App Demo: We take a look at Voice Dream Reader to help you read PDFs and other documents on your phone or tablet
- Demonstration of some neat cable management products
RSVP by clicking this link:
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)
The DPMC are looking for an advisor to work in their social policy group, the vacancy is open only to people with disability.
The work of Social Policy Group involves advising the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and portfolio ministers on issues that affect the lives of all Australians. We work closely with stakeholders, the public service and state and territory governments to ensure the Government’s social initiatives and national priority reforms are developed and implemented to meet government objectives.
For more information and to apply for the role visit: https://www.seek.com.au/job/53027274
Vision Australia Job Opportunities
Vision Australia are currently seeking several new staff, including:
- Compliance Officer, Kooyong VIC
- Group Transition Support Officer, Coorparoo QLD
- Occupational Therapist, Geelong or Ballarat VIC
- Occupational Therapist, Sunshine VIC
- Occupational Therapist, Gosford NSW
- Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Wollongong NSW, Canberra ACT, Orange NSW
- Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Ballarat VIC
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Geelong or Ballarat VIC
- Paediatric Psychologist, Brisbane QLD, Kooyong VIC
For more information about these roles or to apply, visit https://vision-australia.applynow.net.au or call them on 1300 847 466
Guide Dogs Victoria
Guide Dogs Victoria are looking for a Project Officer to join their team in Melbourne. The role is a part time, fixed term contract for an experienced professional to join the team in the position of Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Project Officer. Applications close August 8.
For more information and to apply click the following link: www.seek.com.au/job/53150545
Blind Australian of the year
Nominations are now open for Blind Australian of the Year. If you think you know someone exceptional who has made a huge impact on the blind or vision impaired community – nominate them now! Nominations close October 22nd 2021.
For more information or to nominate visit: www.blindaustralianoftheyear.com.au
At Chat are working on an international project to help companies understand how to improve access and inclusion and are seeking people with lived blind or vision impaired experience to share their view. At Chat will start consultation on the project with a 20 minute paid survey which will occur within the next few weeks.
If you are interested in being involved or would like more information, complete the Expression of Interest form at: https://www.atchat.com.au/about-us/diversity-project.
The Australian census is coming up on Tuesday August 10, if you need assistance completing the census the Australian Bureau of Statistics have a range of services including audio descripted forms, assistive technology and large print forms available via their website here: www.census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility/blind-low-vision otherwise you can call 1800 512 441 for more information.
Have you got something to contribute?
If you’ve got something you’d like included in the Member Update, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1800 033 660. Items received by 12:00pm Monday will be published in the Wednesday update.