Wednesday 28th February 

Dear Members,

With the rapidly evolving landscape of the digital world, our upcoming Inform session next Tuesday, 5th March will explore the topic of Digital Inclusion. To register for this event, you can visit the Humanitix website to grab your free ticket. Please find more details about the event below.

A reminder, you can read the Member Update on BCA’s website.

What’s Coming Up at BCA?

Plan ahead using our monthly calendar – the events calendar for March is available on our website, or you can access the calendar via audio by phoning 1800 033 660 and following the prompts.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact us on events@bca.org.au or call 1800 033 660.

Trivia

Saturday, 2nd March at 8:00pm AEDT.

Are you interested in expanding your general knowledge in an easy going and fun atmosphere? If so, join this week’s trivia presented by Graeme Innes for an enjoyable night of team competition.

Please be aware that, to ensure the smooth operation of the game, Trivia will be limited to 25 players. To give everyone an opportunity, the Zoom waiting room will open to admit people who sign in from 7:45pm Sydney time and close at 8.00pm.

An Eye to the Future Job Ready Workshop: A Positive Mindset towards Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Thursday, 29th February from 10:00am to 11:15am AEDT.

An Eye to the Future warmly welcomes you to join our Job Ready workshop. In this workshop we invite assistive technology providers to demonstrate the latest technology options and provide insights on developing a positive mindset towards assistive technology in the workplace. This workshop will equip you with knowledge of new technologies and how to learn more about them to succeed in the workplace.

To register please visit the Humanitix website. 

You can also watch our previous workshop about developing a positive mindset towards the job search on YouTube.

BCA Inform – Digital Inclusion

Tuesday, 5th March at 7:30pm AEDT.

Amid the closure of numerous local post offices, banks, and other in-person services across Australia, the importance of digital inclusion has never been more pronounced for individuals who are blind or vision impaired. Join BCA’s National Policy Officer Corey Crawford and special guest Lauren Henley from the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) in a discussion to both learn and voice your concerns regarding efforts being made to guarantee that no one is excluded in today’s digital environment and that a more inclusive digital landscape be available for everyone.

To register please visit the Humanitix website

If you have any questions, or if you require assistance registering, please feel free to contact us at events@bca.org.au or call 1800 033 660.

BCA’s Audio Production Training Program Information Session

Tuesday, 12th March at 7:00pm AEDT.

Are you an avid audio user wanting to know how to make audio and get into broadcasting or podcasting?

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) in partnership with Vision Australia is excited to announce further funding by the Community Broadcasting Foundation to support people who are blind or vision impaired interested in gaining valuable training and experience in the world of audio production and presentation.

The world needs more of our voices creating audio that empowers, connects, and informs. There’s never been a better time to step up and make your mark in community radio. This introduction course to podcasting may well suit participants in last year’s program as well as first timers as it is being designed to go even further into the world of audio production and presentation.

Register now to attend an online information session on Tuesday, 12th March at 7:00pm AEDT.

For more information, email bca@bca.org.au or contact Natasha on 1800 033 660.

Peer Connect Groups

The Peer Connect groups meeting in the next week are listed below. You can also find out more about all our peer connect groups, including session times and other details on the BCA Website.

Business Connect Network

Monday, 4th March at 7:00pm AEDT.

Are you on the lookout for opportunities to connect with seasoned business owners, or perhaps you’re an experienced entrepreneur eager to pay it forward by helping others succeed? Look no further – BCA’s Business Connect Network is here to bring you together.

Our network is designed to foster meaningful connections and facilitate the exchange of insights and knowledge among business enthusiasts. Whether you’re at the helm of a thriving enterprise or embarking on the exciting journey of entrepreneurship, your experience is invaluable.

Book Club

Wednesday, 6th March at 7:00pm AEDT.

In this meeting the group will be discussing “Can’t get you Out of my Head” by Nicola Catalano. This group is open to all readers, whether you’ve just embarked on your reading journey or have been immersed in books for many years you are welcome to come along. You will have the chance to discuss books, exchange ideas, and broaden your horizons through the magic of storytelling.

BCA Updates

Update from the CEO

Dear members,

I’m excited to share I will be connecting with Nicky Long, Guide Dogs Victoria CEO, in-person today at their Melbourne office to share BCA’s plans and strategy for 2024. Joining me will be Jackson-Reynolds Ryan, BCA Policy and Advocacy Manager, as we discuss how to strengthen our long-standing partnership and move forward together collaboratively. While we already have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place, I look forward to the opportunity to restate our vision and further align our goals.

I’m also pleased to announce we have begun taking applications for a new position at BCA – Fundraising Manager. This important role will be critical to increasing the fundraising capacity of BCA and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, which is financing 60% of the position respectively. If you have a successful background in securing sponsorship and general fundraising, we encourage you to apply. This role will be pivotal in ensuring the continued success of the organisation and strengthening our future.

I would also like to acknowledge the challenging work our policy and advocacy team has been managing, particularly in relation to guide dog refusals and individual NDIS cases. The team has been spending time with members to resolve their issues as best as possible, no matter how complex the nature of the situation. Remember that if you or someone you know has faced discrimination due to blindness or vision impairment, we may be able to help. Our advocacy staff can provide specialist information and advice on a wide range of issues.

Employment Opportunity: Fundraising Manager

BCA is looking for a part-time (contractor) Fundraising Manager to lead fundraising opportunities that will benefit the organisation and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation’s growth and sustainability.

Position Purpose

The Fundraising Manager is responsible for activities that increase the fundraising capacity of Blind Citizens Australia and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation.

The role leads and develops operational strategy that generate untied income, including strengthening BCA’s donations, bequests and wills, sponsorships and access to philanthropic funds.

Applications close Sunday, 17th March 2024.

For details on how to apply, please visit the website: https://www.bca.org.au/employment/ or call BCA on 1800 033 660.

New Horizons

Katrina Taylor is the current president of the National Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. She joins us to discuss the history and current activities of the branch, recent changes to the branch bylaws and the impacts of those changes.

Take a listen to the New Horizons podcast or find out how to tune in live.

Do you have any ideas for stories, or feedback about the show? Contact us on new.horizons@bca.org.au.

News From Outside BCA

National

New apps for People who are Blind or Vision Impaired – The E7 Company

E7 have launched three new apps on the Apple Store to support individuals who are blind or vision impaired.

With a simple tap on the screen, these intuitive apps detect QR codes, text, and colours in real-time.

Survey to Help Understand access to Community Pharmacy – Griffith University

A team of researchers from Griffith University and The University of Auckland are interested in supporting equitable service provision within the pharmacy profession. We know the value that community pharmacists can have in supporting health care within the community. However, it may be taken for granted that everyone can access their local community pharmacy.

We want to hear from adults living in the Australian community who experience disability (specifically hearing, vision or physical disabilities) to find out about the diverse experiences of accessing pharmacy services in Australia.

By completing the short survey, you enter a prize draw to win one of ten $25 Visa gift cards. To access the survey, visit the Griffith questionnaire.

For assistance with completing the survey or if you have any questions, please email Miso Choi miso.choi@griffithuni.edu.au or A/Prof Fiona Kelly f.kelly@griffith.edu.au

New South Wales

Wellbeing Through Art Event – Accessible Arts and the Art Gallery of NSW

Wednesday, 6th March from 6:00pm to 8:00pm AEDT.

Join us in person or online for Wellbeing Through Art, presented by Accessible Arts and the Art Gallery of NSW in celebration of NSW Women’s Week 2024.

Artist Emma Rani Hodges, clinical psychologist Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, comedian Celia Pacquola, dancer Laura Osweiler and the Art Gallery’s assistant curator of contemporary international art Emily Sullivan will talk about the myriad benefits of art in an engaging exploration of health, wellbeing and diverse creative expression.

In-Person at the Art Gallery of NSW, bookings not required. Networking from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.

To join online bookings are essential – tickets are limited.

Register for the Livestream

Victoria

Celebrate Harmony Day – Power in Culture and Ethnicity (PCE)

You are invited to our upcoming event called “Peace Feast”

When: Wednesday, 21st March from 5:00pm to 7:00pm AEST.

Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

On this year’s Harmony Day, we are hosting The PCE Feast to celebrate self-advocacy, people with disability, and diversity.

There will be food, music, storytelling and sharing about self-advocacy from people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds.

To find out more about the event visit the City of Melbourne website

RSVP by Friday, 15th March by registering for the PCE Feast

Try before you Ride, Save the Date – Public Transport Victoria

Thursday, 9th May from 10:30am to 2:00pm AEST.

Join Travellers Aid and Melbourne’s public transport operators at this free event, centralised at Southern Cross Station. Attendees will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with stationary vehicles and the station with assistance from our team. Plus, opportunities to learn about safe travel on the PT network and much more!

More information will be provided closer to the event date.

South Australia

NDIS Review Town Hall Event – Department of Social Services

Tuesday, 5th March from 10:00am to 11:30am ACDT.

You are invited to a Town Hall event on the NDIS Review.

Members of the NDIS Review Panel will discuss the blueprint to build a better disability support system, and this is also an opportunity to engage with the Panel and ask your questions live by submitting them into an online platform.

This event will feature:

  • Review Co-chairs Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM and Lisa Paul AO PSM
  • Review members Professor Kirsten Deane OAM, Douglas Herd
  • Closing remarks from the Hon. Bill Shorten MP Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

This is a hybrid event so you can join us in person at Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, or watch live online.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre (North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000)

You can register your in-person or online attendance for free via Humanitix.

Have you got something to contribute?

If you have something you would like included in the Member Update, please send it to memberupdate@bca.org.au or call us on 1800 033 660. Items received by 12:00pm Monday be considered for publishing in the Wednesday update.