Audio

This is our audio page. Here you will find audio content created by BCA.

You can use the below links to quickly take you to specific parts of this page.

National Conventions

BCA holds a national convention every second year; and holds State Forums in the
year between National Conventions.

National Convention 2017

In 2017 the National Convention was held in Melbourne on 13,14 and 15 October. You can find recordings of Convention Sessions and Workshops below.

National Convention 2015

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National Convention 2013

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State Forums

BCA holds State Forums in the year between National Conventions.

NSW/ACT State Convention 2018

Listen live on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.

State Forums 2016

Victorian State Convention:

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State Forums 2014

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Listen to or Download SoundAbout

SoundAbout is a quarterly audio magazine produced by Blind Citizens Australia. It is interview style, with content organised, researched, and interviewing by BCA members. Below is a list of SoundAbout program files for listening or download. The audio file is around 80 minutes in length, in MP3 format. If you choose to listen direct from this page there could be a slight delay while the file loads.

SoundAbout and other BCA audio files are also available as a podcast! Using your pod catcher of choice, you can use the URL http://bca.org.au/feed/ to manually subscribe.

Listen to or Download New Horizons

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio show. It is an interview style, with topics relevant to people who are blind or vision impaired. Below is a list of past New Horizons program files for listening or download. It runs for about 15 minutes, in MP3 format. If listening direct from this page there could be a slight delay while the file loads.

From January 2018, New Horizons and other BCA audio files are available from a new podcast feed ! You can subscribe to the Blind Citizens Australia podcast feed by pointing your Pod-Catcher to: http://blindcitizens.podbean.com/feed

If you would like to listen from your web browser, simply go to: http://blindcitizens.podbean.com

  • Program 533: 18 December 2017On this last program for 2017, we speak to Lisa Hayes with some BCA Women’s Branch news.
  • Program 531: 4 December 2017find out, from BCA president John Simpson and BCNSW president Graeme Innes, about the recent passing of the resolutions to complete the merger of the two organisations. Hear about the benefits to Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Also, as we celebrated International day of people with a disability on Sunday, Emma Bennison, the CEO of BCA, was celebrating on her own, courtesy of Virgin Australia.
  • Program 530: 27 November 2017We speak with Stefan Carey from Big Access Media. Stefan describes to us how the company got started, and their vision for Audio Des cription on Australian television.
  • Program 529: 20 November 2017We speak with Graeme Innes, president of Blind Citizens NSW, about the coming General Meeting, which will decide the future of the merger between that organisation and Blind Citizens Australia. Also, find out how you can have your say about the future of Audio Description services on Australian television.
  • Program 527: 6 November 2017We return to the ever changing landscape of the My Aged Care scheme. Lauren Henley, policy co-ordinator with Blind Citizens Australia, sheds some light on some of the confusing aspects of MAC, and gives people over the age of 65 some tips and tricks for navigating the system.
  • Program 526: 30 October 2017we get an update from Lauren Henley, about audio description on Australian television. Following this, a brief demonstration of the Big Access Media app, which is being touted as one of the potential options for AD.
  • Program 525: 23 October 2017we’re joined by long-time Blind Citizens Australia member, and SoundAbout personality, Steve Richardson. We give a rundown of the happenings at the recent BCA convention in Melbourne.
  • Program 524: 16 October 2017We hear about an interesting project to allow people who are blind or vision impaired to play Australian rules football. We hear from Tim Neild, AFL Victoria’s Disability Football Manager, about his position, and how people with disabilities are included in their offerings.
  • Program 522: 2 October 2017have you registered for this year’s Blind Citizens Australia convention in Melbourne? There is still time, if you get in quickly, according to this week’s guest, John Simpson. Jon joins us to discuss the program for this year’s convention, and in particular we discuss the availability of internet streaming, and the daily convention reports which will be broadcast on RPH stations across Australia.
  • Program 519: 4 September 2017Find out how you can submit recommendations for voting at the coming Blind Citizens Australia convention. Also, if you require financial assistance to attend the convention this year, it may be available. We hear from BCA Executive Officer, Emma Bennison, who tells us about these things and many more.
  • Program 518: 28 August 2017We hear from Troy Gladwell, one of the six participants chosen from Australia to go to America as a camp counsellor. Hear about Troy, and what these camps do for the attendees. Also some timely reminders about upcoming BCA events.
  • Program 517: 21 August 2017Have you done your bit to ensure Audio Description on Australian television? Find out how it’s all going in this week’s episode. We are joined by Lauren Henley, who provides us with details about the Broadcast Amendment bill, and also details of an upcoming BCA teleconference about NSW transport.
  • Program 516: 14 August 2017We hear from Bill Jolley, about a man who’s life and work made a huge and positive difference to the lives of so many Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Brother Gerard Devlin passed away recently, and Bill tells us about him, and his work on behalf of blind and vision impaired people. Also a notice of an upcoming forum.
  • Program 515: 7 August 2017We discuss Audio Description. We hear from BCA Advocacy officer, Rikki Chaplin, about some upcoming teleconferences related to audio-description in cinemas. Then, we discuss a campaign to encourage Audio Description on Australian television.
  • Program 514: 31 July 2017We follow up on the Albert touch-screen terminal released some time ago by the Commonwealth bank. This terminal still remains inaccessible to people who are blind or vision impaired, despite significant work undertaken by BCA, and other organisations. Hear from Martin Stewart, how this has affected him, and others in the blind and vision impaired community.
  • Program 513: 24 July 2017We hear from Blind Citizens Australia Executive Officer, Emma Bennison, about a recently held forum of the Australian Bankers Association. As well, we hear from Sam Taylor of Pacific Vision, about recent developments in their products.
  • Program 512: 17 July 2017We hear from Dan Stubbs, Blind Citizens Australia board member and presenter at last weekend’s Leadership Development forum. He tells us about himself, his ideals for the future of BCA, and what happened at the forum.
  • Program 511: 10 July 2017We hear from Blind Citizens Australia Executive Officer, Emma Bennison, about some important teleconferences which are happening later in July. Also, we hear from Doug McGinn, about a teleconference for blind and vision impaired people living in Tasmania. If you are living in Tasmania, and are interested in attending, it is important that you register your interest as soon as possible.
  • Program 510: 3 July 2017We hear from Blind Citizens Australia President, John Simpson. John gives us some detail about the upcoming convention, and informs us about some important constitutional changes which BCA intends making at its next AGM. Also, some interesting news for Tasmanians who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 509: 26 June 2017Ahead of some important announcements, we hear from Ross Joyce, the CEO of AFDO, the Australian Federation of disability organisations. Ross explains the inappropriate comments made recently by one of our federal politicians, and we discuss how you too may make your displeasure at these discriminatory and offensive comments known. Also, a follow-up on Audio Description and an interesting invitation from our president.
  • Program 508: 19 June 2017Following some upcoming womens’ branch news, we hear from Dick Lunenborg, who works with people with multiple disabilities in the Netherlands. Dick can be contacted by e-mailing dlunenborg@bartimeus.nl.
  • Program 507: 12 June 2017We hear from recently appointed Blind Citizens Australia Policy Officer, Katrina Taylor. Hear about BCA’s policies and about Katrina herself. Also, we hear from Sally Balwin of the Queensland Braille Writing Association, about a well-known and interesting literary opportunity for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 506: 5 June 2017We hear from Phia Damsma of Sonokids Australia, who updates us on what they have been up to since last we spoke in May 2016. Hear about new ways to learn Voiceover on the iPhone and iPad, and hear about upcoming exciting apps Sonokids is developing.
  • Program 505: 29 May 2017We hear about the Australian Blindness Forum. Jennifer Grimwade, CEO of the ABF joins us to tell us what they do, with whom they work and some of the major issues on which the ABF has been focusing.
  • Program 504: 22 May 2017We continue the discussion with Neil Jarvis, president of the Round Table on Information Access for people with a print disability. Also, discussion of upcoming programs and ideas.
  • Program 503: 15 May 2017Neil Jarvis, president of the Round Table on Information Access for people with a print disability, informs us of what his organisation does, and who it serves.
  • Program 502: 8 May 2017We hear from BCA volunteer, Liz Sullivan, as we celebrate National Volunteer Week. Hear her background, and what she gets out of volunteering with BCA.
  • Program 501: 1 May 2017We hear from newly co-opted Blind Citizens Australia board member, Prue Watt. Hear how she grew up, and her aspirations in life and for BCA.
  • Program 500: 24 April 2017To mark this, the 500th episode, we are joined by BCA president, John Simpson. We discuss the history of the program, and how it has changed through the years. John also tells us about what New Horizons means to BCA, and to the blind and vision impaired community in general.
  • Program 499: 17 April 2017We hear from Blind Citizens Australia Executive Officer, Emma Bennison about the upcoming convention in Melbourne. Hear where it will be held, and about some of the facilities the venue offers. Also, a couple of important notices.
  • Program 498: 10 April 2017We speak with Krystel Malcolm, executive officer of Blind Citizens NSW. She updates us on recent happenings, and tells us of a very interesting and exciting opportunity for blind people living in NSW and the ACT.
  • Program 497: 3 April 2017A couple of weeks ago we heard from Jon Coleman, who told us of the podcast memoir he had created with David Blyth. In this week’s program, we hear a short excerpt from the first episode. The podcast, “Blindness no barrier”, is available on the BCA website. It is a fascinating window into David’s life, and well worth a listen, especially if you are interested in the changes in services for people who are blind or vision impaired over the past 60 years or so.
  • Program 496: 27 March 2017We hear from returning Blind Citizens Australia Board Member, Fiona Woods. Fiona rejoined the board after an absence of some years, and fills one of three vacancies. She tells us about herself, her role with BCA, and her hopes for the future of the organisation.
  • Program 495: 20 March 2017 We hear about an amazing man, who is definitely no stranger to Blind Citizens Australia, or the blindness community. We speak with John Coleman, who has been building a series of podcasts on the life of David Blyth, a founding member of BCA, and its inaugural president. This nine episode series is available to listen to on this page, below.
  • Program 494: 13 March 2017We hear from incoming Director of Blind Citizens Australia, James Manders. James tells us of his background and his hopes for the future of employment for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 493: 6 March 2017We continue our discussion with Bill Jolley about his recent international travel. He tells us about some interesting events regarding Braille.
  • Program 492: 27 February 2017We hear the first part of a discussion with Bill Jolley. Bill tells us about a recent visit to a school for the blind in Tokyo, and also about his involvement with the World Blind Union.
  • Program 491: 20 February 2017We hear more about the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between Blind Citizens Australia and Blind Citizens NSW. The goal of this MOU is to open discussions relating to a merger between the two organisations. John Simpson of BCA, and Graeme Innes of BCNSW take us through the process, and explain the historical context and the advantages of the proposed merger.
  • Program 490: 13 February 2017We hear from Helen Freris about the latest developments from Blind Citizens Australia’s National Women’s Branch. Hear about upcoming teleconferences, and some exciting news in the fight against violence against women.
  • Program 489: 6 February 2017We hear from Lauren Henley about a submission Blind Citizens Australia is making, providing feedback about the National Disability Strategy. She explains where the strategy fits into the broad landscape of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and how you can have your thoughts and ideas known. BCA needs to have your comments by 5th March, in order to be included in its submission.
  • Program 488: 30 January 2017We hear from Emma Bennison, who will soon commence duties as Executive Officer with Blind Citizens Australia. She tells us of her priorities for the organisation, and about the years of leadership and experience she brings to the role.
  • Program 487: 23 January 2017John Simpson joins us to pass on some long awaited news about Blind Citizens Australia, and particularly its future. Find out who will be the next Executive officer, and some changes on the board.
  • Program 486: 16 January 2017We feature the final in our series on the recently held Human Rights Oration, held last December in Melbourne. We continue the panel discussion.
  • Program 485: 9 January 2017We hear the first part of the panel discussion which followed Graeme Innes speech at the Human Rights Oration, held in Melbourne in December. The topic is employment for people with a disability.
  • Program 484: 2 January 2017We hear from Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner. This is an edited version of the speech he gave at the recently held Victorian Human Rights Oration in Melbourne. Talking about the right to work for people with a disability, Graeme discusses his own employment history, as well as the background to current legislation regarding employment for people with disabilities, and how each employer in Australia can help. This web version is longer than the radio version.
  • Program 483: 26 December 2016Ahead of some important news from Blind Citizens Australia, we hear the first in a series on the Human Rights Oration, held on December 7 in Melbourne. We hear some introductory remarks from Kristen Hilton, Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
  • Program 482: 19 December 2016We hear about a new support mechanism for younger members of the LGTBI community, who are also blind or vision impaired. Stormy Meiying Liu tells us of her experiences, and what motivated her to establish Team Rainbow.
  • Program 481: 12 December 2016We hear from BCA president, Emma Bennison, about what could well be the issue of the year, the lack of audio description on Australian television. Emma tells us of the current situation, and what we hope for the future.
  • Program 480: 5 December 2016We meet the two Australian winners of this year’s Onkyo Braille Essay competition. They discuss their motivation for entering, and why they chose the topics which won them their prizes.
  • Program 479: 28 November 2016We hear from Lauren Henley, who has recently rejoined the staff of Blind Citizens Australia. She updates us on some important issues for people who are blind or vision impaired, and outlines her new role.
  • Program 478: 21 November 2016We hear from long-time BCA board member, Barry Chapman. Barry has just resigned his position on the board of Blind Citizens Australia. Find out why, and what Barry is up to.
  • Program 477: 14 November 2016We hear again from Ivan Molloy, who up until March this year, headed up the Overseas Services branch with BCA. We hear just a few of the achievements of the branch, and its impact on blind and vision impaired people in third world countries.
  • Program 476: 7 November 2016We hear from long-time BCA member, Jan Miller, who tells us all about the recently held Hobart Forum. Hear what’s happening for blind and vision impaired people around Tasmania, the impact of the NDIS, and the recent changes to Guidedogs Tasmania. Following Jan, we are reminded about an interesting initiative from the new Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
  • Program 475: 31 October 2016We feature the second part of a presentation given by Jason Bake, who among other things, runs a 400 cow dairy in the Coffs Harbour Hinterland. In this Question/Answer session, hear how he navigates the farm, trains guides for trekking, and many other interesting tips.
  • Program 474: 24 October 2016We visit the recent NSW/ACT State Convention, held in Coffs Harbour. We hear part one of a two part presentation by Jason Bake, who aside from managing his family owned dairy business, walks trails all over Australia, and overseas. He tells us how he works with his sighted guides and some of the places he has walked.
  • Program 473: 17 October 2016We hear about some accessibility features integrated into an exhibition held at the National Museum of Australia. As well, we hear from Paul Price, who recently attended Blind Citizens Australia’s Queensland state forum.
  • Program 472: 10 October 2016following on from last week’s program, we continue the discussion with Padraig Naughton, a visitor to Australia from Dublin, Ireland. Hear about the changes to education over the years, Guide-Dog discrimination and more. Also, a reminder about the upcoming BCA state forums in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
  • Program 471: 3 October 2016We revisit the international scene. In this first of a two part series, Padraig Naughton, director of Arts and Disability Ireland, describes the landscape for people who are blind or vision impaired in his home country. If you’d like to find out more about Arts and Disability Ireland, check out http://www.adiarts.ie.
  • Program 470: 26 September 2016John Simpson, vice-president of Blind Citizens Australia, discusses details for the upcoming AGM, to be held in Sydney in November. He also tells us about the new National Policy Council. Nominations are being sought from BCA members, so it’s time for us to step up and get involved.
  • Program 469: 19 September 2016We discover the accessibility options to be found in some Samsung televisions. Also is an interesting publicity idea from the US.
  • Program 468: 12 September 2016We hear about the recently held World Blind Union General Assembly. Emma Bennison, BCA president, tells us of some of the exciting things she saw and heard during her recent trip to the US as one of the Australian delegates.
  • Program 467: 5 September 2016We speak with John Simpson, Vice President of BCA, about the upcoming state forums. We firm up the dates, some of which have changed, and also hear about the time and location of the BCA AGM. If you would like to attend a convention or forum in your state, get in touch with the BCA office, and they’ll assist you.
  • Program 466: 29 August 2016The second part of Bruce Maguire’s talk on touch-screens, with a particular focus on the accessibility of Albert, the new EFTPOS terminal from the Commonwealth Bank.
  • Program 465: 22 August 2016We commence a two part series featuring Bruce Maguire, on the development of touch-screens. In particular, the difficulties many blind and vision impaired people are experiencing with the new craze meeting the retail industry Albert.
  • Program 464: 15 August 2016We say a sad farewell to Blind Citizens Australia CEO, Leah van Poppel, who has been with us now for just over a year. Also, an update on convention dates, and some information from the National Women’s Branch of BCA.
  • Program 463: 8 August 2016Rikki Chaplin, advocacy officer with BCA joins us to tell us how we can get our questions asked about the Census, the latest goss on Audio Description, and just who is Albert?
  • Program 462: 1 August 2016The second part of a two part talk by Blind Citizens Australia CEO, Leah van Poppel, presented at the Round Table on Information Access for people with a print disability. Leah tells us exactly what we can do to bridge the digital gap for people who are blind or vision impaired. We also hear from Humanware about their latest products to assist blind and vision impaired people in their daily lives.
  • Program 461: 25 July 2016Blind Citizens Australia CEO, Leah van Poppel, tells us about factors affecting equal access to digital information for blind and vision impaired people. In this first part of a two part talk Leah gave at the Round Table on Information Access for people with a print disability, she outlines the impact of unequal access, and just who is disadvantaged the most.
  • Program 460: 18 July 2016Find out when the state conventions will be happening in your state. There is also news specifically for those in the ACT, and we hear from Pacific Vision about some of the products they sell and support.
  • Program 459: 11 July 2016We hear from Graeme Innes AM, about his newly published autobiography, Finding A Way. Find out what Graeme is up to, and his motivation for writing the book. In the last few minutes of the program, we hear from Nigel Herring, who earlier this year received the lifetime achievement award from the Round Table on Information access for people with a print disability.
  • Program 458: 4 July 2016We catch up with founding BCA member, Bill Jolley, who recently attended a meeting of the International Council on English Braille, in the USA. He tells us what happened, and gives us his thoughts on the recent developments in braille technology. At the end of the program, some very welcome news for people with a print disability in Australia and overseas.
  • Program 457: 27 June 2016We hear from three people and their experiences relating to Blind Citizens Australia’s key election priorities. John Simpson, vice-president of BCA tells us how the disparity between the funding available through the National Disability Insurance and My Aged Care schemes affects him, BCA president Emma Bennison talks about the appalling lack of audio description on Australian television, and former Disability Discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes talks about the lack of funding for peak bodies to carry out advocacy on behalf of people with disability.
  • Program 456: 20 June 2016We hear from Michael Andersen from the Reserve Bank of Australia, about recent exciting developments in the accessibility of Australian currency. BCA has a long history of advocating for banknote accessibility, and Michael tells us about the RBA’s successful community consultation project, and the useful contribution of the Blind and Vision Impaired community.
  • Program 455: 13 June 2016Discover BCA’s election priorities, and how you can help get the message across. If you have a story to tell, find out from Rikki Chaplin, how you can inform your local member, and help your community as well.
  • Program 454: 6 June 2016We revisit childhood, with the BallyLand Magic app. This IOS app is designed to teach the very young, and perhaps the not so young, how to use Apple’s built-in Screen Reader, VoiceOver. Find out what BallyLand is, and how you can visit, for lots of fun-packed adventures.
  • Program 453: 30 May 2016We hear how four years of work and research have come to fruition. We hear from Neil Jarvis, president of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability, about the Orbit Braille Reader – a low-cost braille display which is set to be a game-changer for blind people all over the world. At the end of the program, some interesting information particularly of concern to Tasmanians who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 452: 23 May 2016We join the Round Table on Information Access for people with print disabilities in celebrating the achievements of a man who has become an institution in the Adaptive Technology sector. Neil Jarvis, president of the Round Table, tells us all about this year’s recipient of the Tammy Axelson Lifetime Achievement award, which since 2009 has been presented to people who have had a significant impact on the Print Disability sector.
  • Program 451: 16 May 2016We speak with Emma Bennison, president of Blind Citizens Australia, about the forums recently held in South Australia and New South Wales. Also, is an update on BCA’s thoughts on the upcoming federal election.
  • Program 450: 9 May 2016Budget 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 sign the petition established by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia at www.facebook.com/keepcommunityradio.
  • Program 449: 2 May 2016We hear from Leah van Poppel, CEO of Blind Citizens Australia, about What BCA believes are the big issues facing us at the 2016 federal election, the NDIS, My Aged Care and other issues.
  • Program 448: 25 April 2016We head to NSW, where we hear from Krystel Keller, newly appointed Executive Officer of Blind Citizens NSW about an upcoming forum to be conducted between members of BCNSW and BCA. We’ve been mentioning it for some weeks on the program, so here’s your chance to find out exactly what it’s all about, and why you should attend. Finally is a brief reminder from BCA CEO, Leah van Poppel.
  • Program 447: 18 April 2016We continue our discussion with Lee Kumutat, a woman who is blind and living as a journalist in the UK. Hear how she got started in radio, and if she’s faced any discrimination in her chosen career.
  • Program 446: 11 April 2016We hear from Lee Kumutat, an Australian who is currently living in the UK, working as a radio producer, presenter and journalist. Hear about her move, and some of the differences between the UK and Australia, particularly in regard to transport, and the difference in attitudes to people who are blind.
  • Program 445: 4 April 2016Ahead of some BCA updates, we look at how to subscribe and receive the New Horizons podcast from the Vision Australia library. As well, there are some exciting updates to Vision Australia’s Connect app, which allows IOS and Android users to read and/or download books.
  • Program 444: 28 March 2016We talk all things Braille. We hear from Jordie Howell, a member of the executive committee of the Australian Braille Authority, about the Onkyo Essay Competition, the forthcoming Round Table on Information Access for people with a Print Disability, and lots more. Finally, Vaughn updates us on latest happenings from BCA including an important survey regarding communications, as well as some teleconferences for people interested in Aged Care reform.
  • Program 443: 21 March 2016We ask what is “Flash Sonar”? How can blind people be given a greater glimpse of their environment and navigate more effectively? We speak with Daniel Kish of World Access for the blind, an Orientation and Mobility specialist from the US who is currently visiting Australia conducting seminars and training for O and M instructors and people who are blind.
  • Program 442: 14 March 2016We hear from David Blyth, inaugural president of Blind Citizens Australia, in response to last week’s interview with Ivan Molloy. We also hear from Helen Freris of Melbourne, vice president of BCA’s National Women’s Branch, about moves to improve communication for women across Australia.
  • Program 441: 7 March 2016We are privileged to hear from Ivan Molloy about the Overseas Service special interest branch of Blind Citizens Australia. Ivan tells us about the inception of this branch and about some of the amazing projects in which he has been involved. We reflect on the sad news that this branch will be winding up very soon, and hear why.
  • Program 440: 29 February 2016Branches, aged care issues and a concert are the topic this week. We hear from Emma Bennison, Blind Citizens Australia president about these issues. She also tells us how the job has affected her, and what she hopes for the future.
  • Program 439: 22 February 2016We talk to the winner of the competition for the new theme for New Horizons, Steve Richardson, who is no stranger to Blind Citizens Australia. He presents our national audio magazine SoundAbout, and has been involved with RPH broadcasting for over 20 years. At the end of the program, you can hear the complete song, which has been entirely written, recorded and produced by blind and vision impaired people. If you would like your own copy, it will soon be available from iTunes and other online platforms, all proceeds going to BCA.
  • Program 438: 15 February 2016We conclude our My Aged Care feature, with Karen Knight, who tells us how the aged care reforms impact on a service provider. She also gives us further information about how people over 65 may find out more, and get their needs met. There is an important announcement about a media statement at the end of the program.
  • Program 437: 8 February 2016We continue our look at the My Aged Care program. We hear from two BCA members, Pearl and Peter Sumner of Victoria, who tell us how they got involved, and exactly what the MAC program means to them.
  • Program 436: 1 February 2016We 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.
  • Program 435: 25 January 2016Vaughn 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.
  • Program 434: 18 January 2016We hear from Jenny Dawson about parenting, from the Women’s Branch session at the 2015 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.
  • Program 433: 11 January 2016We continue our theme of wayfinding, with information from the 2015 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention. We hear from Amy Barrett-Lennard, an orientation and Mobility specialist with Visability, and Bashir Ibrahim from Guide Dogs QLD.
  • Program 432: 4 January 2016Vaughn Bennison speaks with Jane Bryce of Visionary Access Consulting about the new Australian Wayfinding Standard.
  • Program 431: 28 December 2015Vaughn Bennison speaks with Neil King, Manager of Digital Access – a division of Vision Australia, who tells us, among other things, how we can encourage organisations to make their documents and websites more accessible.
  • Program 430: 21 December 2015The Looking to a Bright Future session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2015, presented by President Emma Bennison and Chief Executive Officer Leah van Poppel.
  • Program 429: 14 December 2015Vaughn Bennison speaks with John Simpson, Vice President of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 428: 7 December 2015Vaughn Bennison speaks with Rikki Chaplin, Advocacy and Policy Officer with Blind Citizens Australia and New Horizons presenter.
  • Program 427: 30 November 2015With the bush fire season upon us, we hear again a session from the 2011 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention about preparing for bush fires and other emergencies. Also, Rikki Chaplin demonstrates accessing audio described television shows using the ABC iview app on a PC.
  • Program 426: 23 November 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Janene Sadhu, the newly elected President of the Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. Rikki also speaks with George Booth of Travel Tree about an upcoming tour to Singapore for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 425: 16 November 2015An excerpt from the Keynote Address at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2015 by Bill Jolley.
  • Program 424: 9 November 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Gary Stinchcombe of the Statewide Vision Resource Centre in Victoria.
  • Program 423: 2 November 2015Celebrating 40 years of Blind Citizens Australia, we hear the Opening Address at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2015 by David Blyth, the inaugural President. We also hear a message of congratulations from Clive Lansink, President of Blind Citizens New Zealand.
  • Program 422: 26 October 2015A recording of the David Blyth Award presentation at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.
  • Program 421: 19 October 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Ted McCoskey, President of the Digital Gap Initiative, regarding accessibility issues with Albert, the new Commonwealth Bank EFTPOS tablet.
  • Program 420: 12 October 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Tiffany Mitchell, Community Education Officer with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, about White Cane Safety Day.
  • Program 419: 5 October 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Phillip Chalker about his recent successes with complaints to the Human Rights Commission, with support from Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 418: 28 September 2015We listen again to the keynote address by Michael Simpson at the 2013 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.
  • Program 417: 21 September 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Karen Passmore, President of the National Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia, about their sessions at the upcoming National Convention in Perth.
  • Program 416: 14 September 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Sara Partow about her PhD research into stigma and vision impairment.
  • Program 415: 7 September 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with two people about their recent successes. Dean Calder is to start a new job after a number of years of unemployment and David Blyth has been successful in getting audio tactile traffic lights installed near his home.
  • Program 414: 31 August 2015Steve Richardson speaks with Maryanne Diamond about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including how disability issues are to be addressed over the next fifteen years.
  • Program 413: 24 August 2015Peter Greco speaks with Nicole Tobin Donnelly about the Upcoming Albinism Fellowship of Australia Conference in Cairns and with Stephen Jolley about his petition for audio description on television.
  • Program 412: 17 August 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Jonathan Mosen, following his presentation at the Norrie Disease Association conference in Boston. Jonathan also tells us about his involvement in radio and the assistive technology field.
  • Program 411: 10 August 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Leah van Poppel, the New Chief Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 410: 3 August 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Eddie Johnson of Onwatch about products to assist with personal safety.
  • Program 409: 27 July 2015Peter Greco speaks with Nick Gleeson, who is totally blind and has just completed a Simpson Desert crossing, thanks to the AMP Tomorrow Fund. He talks about the isolation, quietness and spirituality of his experience.
  • Program 408: 20 July 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about recent happenings and upcoming events.
  • Program 407: 13 July 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Paula Hobley, who updates us on her PhD research into the subjective well-being of people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 406: 6 July 2015Steve Richardson speaks with Emma Bennison, a Director of Blind Citizens Australia, who has just launched a new music album.
  • Program 405: 29 June 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Bruce Maguire regarding a book about the early history of the Blind Association (now the Association of Blind Citizens of NSW), which Bruce has transcribed from the original braille into electronic and other formats.
  • Program 404: 22 June 2015We hear an article from 2004 celebrating the life of Harold Gration, a pioneer in the blindness field. Also, Rikki Chaplin demonstrates locating audio described television programs on the ABC iview platform, using the iPhone app.
  • Program 403: 15 June 2015We hear an important message to members of Blind Citizens Australia. Also, we hear from Steve Richardson who is speaking with Les about the local culture on Norfolk Island.
  • Program 402: 8 June 2015Steve Richardson speaks with Mary Anne Carmody of Retina Australia, about their upcoming conference. Also, we hear a recording of Tilly Aston, a pioneer in advocacy for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 401: 1 June 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Ted McCoskey, President of the Digital Gap Initiative. The Digital Gap Initiative project focusses on advocating for legal, policy and other systemic reforms, with the aim of reducing digital barriers experienced by people with disability and older people.
  • Program 400: 25 May 2015In this special 400th edition, we focus on the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation and its founders, the late Hugh Jeffrey and David Blyth. The presenter is Stephen Jolley.
  • Program 399: 18 May 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about funding concerns and upcoming events.
  • Program 398: 11 May 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Peter and Radmila Kalimnakis about their experiences of learning that their child has a diagnosis of blindness.
  • Program 397: 4 May 2015We hear from a guide dog user and representatives of Guide Dogs NSW, about discrimination against users of guide dogs.
  • Program 396: 27 April 2015We look back into the archives, to an article from Blind Citizens News in 2003. It is by W.A. Davis, a teacher who was blind in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Program 395: 20 April 2015 Rikki Chaplin speaks with Peter Megri of Clubmates Travel Australia about supported holidays for people with disabilities. We also hear an excerpt from the travel session at the 2014 Victorian State Forum.
  • Program 394: 13 April 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Sheilagh Daniels-Mayes about the importance of consultation with people who are blind or vision impaired , and in particular with those who are indigenous.
  • Program 393: 6 April 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Edward Santow, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
  • Program 392: 30 March 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Stephen Barnes, Chief Executive Officer of Blind Sports Australia. We also revisit the 2013 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention where we hear from Daniel Stubbs and Joana d’Orey Novo about self advocacy.
  • Program 391: 23 March 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Hazel Hockley, about archery for people who are blind or vision impaired, and with Hank Jongen from Centrelink, about the portability of the Disability Support Pension when travelling overseas.
  • Program 390: 16 March 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Damian McMorrow, who tells us a little about himself, including his interest in internet radio and cooking.
  • Program 389: 9 March 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Tony Iezzi, Operations Manager with Blind Citizens Australia and with Mark Muscat, a new representative on the National Policy and Development Council.
  • Program 388: 2 March 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Dr David Squirrell, a new representative on the National Policy and Development Council of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 387: 23 February 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Jeremy Wurm of Brooker Consulting about the employment of people with disabilities.
  • Program 386: 16 February 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Stephen Jolley, who recently retired from Vision Australia as producer and presenter of the radio program Talking Vision. Stephen talks about his long time interest and involvement in radio.
  • Program 385: 9 February 2015An extract from the Keynote Address at the Blind Citizens Australia Victorian State Convention 2014, by Maryanne Diamond, on the theme of Putting Yourself Out There.
  • Program 384: 2 February 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Ben Moxie, recreation worker with Vision Australia, and with Tristan Hodson, the new producer of New Horizons.
  • Program 383: 26 January 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with David Truong, about his early days in Australia, his involvement with blind cricket and with music.
  • Program 382: 19 January 2015Sue Hastie speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, and Rikki Chaplin speaks with John Simpson, acting Executive Officer.
  • Program 381: 12 January 2015Rikki Chaplin speaks with Laurie Grovenor about the challenges for people who are blind or vision impaired living in regional and rural areas, and with Karen Passmore, President of the National Women’s Branch of Blind Citizens Australia, about their project for regional and rural women.
  • Program 380: 5 January 2015Recapping on the events of 2014, we hear again an interview with Maryanne Diamond, recipient of an Officer of the Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. We also hear from Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, with an update on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled.
  • Program 379: 29 December 2014Recapping on the events of 2014, we hear again an interview with Graeme Innes, who completed his term as Disability Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Program 378: 22 December 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, who looks back on achievements during 2014.
  • Program 377: 15 December 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Tony Starkey, an Australian Blindness Forum representative at the World Blind Union Asia Pacific Mid-Term Regional General Assembly.
  • Program 376: 8 December 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Bruce McAllister, a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  • Program 375: 1 December 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with travel agent George Booth about an upcoming tour to New Zealand which is blind and vision impaired friendly. Also, Greg Madson speaks of his experience of a previous tour with George.
  • Program 374: 24 November 2014Steve Richardson speaks with Paul Price about the recent Blind Citizens Australia Queensland driving day. We also hear a recording of Steve taking a drive around the Lakeside Racetrack.
  • Program 373: 17 November 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Di Ashworth, about her book “I Spy With My Bionic Eye” and her experiences using the bionic eye.
  • Program 372: 10 November 2014An edited version of the Keynote Address by Prof. Ron McCallum at the 2014 NSW/ACT State Convention. The full address can be heard in the convention recordings elsewhere on this page.
  • Program 371: 3 November 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with re-elected director of Blind Citizens Australia, Barry Chapman, and with retiring director, Bruce Ind.
  • Program 370: 27 October 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with new Blind Citizens Australia Directors, Chelsea Bartlett and Lauren Henley.
  • Program 369: 20 October 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Emma Bennison, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Access Australia, following her trip to the UK to research leadership in the arts and cultural sector, of people with disabilities.
  • Program 368: 13 October 2014Sue Hastie speaks with Rikki Chaplin, the regular presenter of New Horizons, and with Sharyl Brockett, who tell us a little about themselves and their new roles as Advocacy and Policy Officers with Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 367: 6 October 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, who looks back on his first year as President, and with Mick Baker, a new BCA Director.
  • Program 366: 29 September 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Joyce Jones and Rowena Dowling, attendees at the inaugural Guide Dog Handlers Australia Conference in Adelaide.
  • Program 365: 22 September 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with two attendees to the upcoming Mid-Term General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Blind Union. Dr Kevin Murfitt speaks about the agenda and Tony Starkey speaks about his work with a special employment project.
  • Program 364: 15 September 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about the role and functions of the National Policy and Development Council, and with Michelle Griffin and Grace King, candidates for the vacant NPDC position in Western Australia.
  • Program 363: 8 September 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Thai Nguyen, BCA’s Victorian Advocacy Officer, and with Lauren Henley, BCA’s National Policy Officer, both of whom are Leaving Blind Citizens Australia to take up other positions.
  • Program 362: 1 September 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Ross Anderson, a PhD candidate at Monash University, about his research into adolescents with a vision impairment.
  • Program 361: 25 August 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Stephen Belbin, Thai Nguyen and Lyn Eagers about the upcoming Blind Citizens Australia State Conventions and Forums.
  • Program 360: 18 August 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Rosemary Boyd, Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, about the upcoming Annual General Meeting, and with Lisa Hayes about the Women’s Branch sessions at the upcoming State Forums.
  • Program 359: 11 August 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon of PINwise and with Liz Jeffrey of Vision Australia, regarding the transition from signature to PIN when using credit and debit cards.
  • Program 358: 4 August 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Wayne Hawkins of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, regarding inaccessible CAPTCHA’s on websites.
  • Program 357: 28 July 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Michael Jessup of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and with Alex Varley of Media Access Australia, regarding the campaign for audio description on television.
  • Program 356: 21 July 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, about the Disability Discrimination Act Fact Sheet developed by BCA, which includes when and how to lodge a complaint.
  • Program 355: 14 July 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Andrew Daly, Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Blind, about new initiatives, including the opening of an office in Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Program 354: 7 July 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Maryanne Diamond, recipient of an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large for her service to people who are blind or have low vision through national and international leadership roles, and as an advocate for best practice employment opportunities.
  • Program 353: 30 June 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Emma Bennison, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Access Australia, about leadership in the arts and cultural sector, of people with disabilities.
  • Program 352: 23 June 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, following her attendance at the Conference of State Parties in New York, regarding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Program 351: 16 June 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Geraldine Ryan, State Practice Leader with Vision Australia, about their early childhood related parenting program, and with Mandy Lau about Reach and Match, an educational learning kit for children with a sensory impairment.
  • Program 350: 9 June 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Graeme Innes, the retiring Australian Human Rights Commission, Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
  • Program 349: 2 June 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Bill Jolley, recipient of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Program 348: 26 May 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, about impacts of the recent Federal Budget on people who are blind or vision impaired. Rikki also speaks with Deanne Ferris of Blind Citizens Western Australia, about their upcoming forum and other activities.
  • Program 347: 19 May 2014Rikki Chaplin speaks with Lauren McGowan-Slee, who has a vision impairment and is studying occupational therapy. He then speaks with Anne-Marie Caulton, who also has a vision impairment and works as an occupational therapist.
  • Program 346: 12 May 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Rikki Chaplin, newly appointed presenter of New Horizons and with Peter Greco, the presenter of various programs on radio 5RPH Adelaide. Peter also records interviews for SoundAbout and New Horizons for Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 345: 5 May 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Graeme Samuel, Chair of the Taxi Services Commission of Victoria.
  • Program 344: 28 April 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Steven Hurd, Client Quality Business Systems Manager with Guide Dogs Victoria, about taxi issues for dog guide users.
  • Program 343: 21 April 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Thai Nguyen, Advocacy and Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 342: 14 April 2014Peter Greco speaks with Jessica Gallagher, bronze medallist at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.
  • Program 341: 7 April 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Sadam Ahmed about technology accessibility. His website is at http://sadamahmed.com
  • Program 340: 31 March 2014Peter Greco speaks with Darren Boyd, ABC commentator at the Winter Paralympic Games.
  • Program 339: 24 March 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Simon Murphy, Communications Manager for Yarra Trams in Melbourne about tram accessibility.
  • Program 338: 17 March 2014Lauren Henley speaks with Stephen Belbin, Chair of the Blind Citizens Australia National Policy and Development Council.
  • Program 337: 10 March 2014Lauren Henley speaks with Bruce McAllister about his experiences of the trial of the National Disability Insurance scheme in Newcastle.
  • Program 336: 3 March 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with Chris Nunn, chef de mission of the Australian Winter Paralympic Games team.
  • Program 335: 24 February 2014Samantha Marsh speaks with David Squirrell, President of the Adelaide Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. Also, Rosemary Boyd announces the 12th World Blind Union, Asia-Pacific Region, Onkyo Braille Essay contest.
  • Program 334: 17 February 2014The last program to be presented by Robyn Gaile. Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, thanks Robyn on behalf of BCA and Sue Hastie speaks with Robyn about her plans for the future.
  • Program 333: 10 February 2014Robyn Gaile speaks withDean Caulder about his experiences of online dating.
  • Program 332: 3 February 2014Robyn Gaile speaks with Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind and an expert in the field of echolocation.
  • Program 331: 27 January 2014Robyn Gaile and Stephen Jolley speak with Maryanne Diamond, recipient of the 2013 Blind Citizens Australia David Blyth Award.
  • Program 330: 20 January 2014An excerpt from the “Access to the Arts” session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2013. The session was chaired by Emma Bennison.
  • Program 329: 13 January 2014An excerpt from the “Advocacy: How to Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk” session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2013. The session was chaired by Joana d’Orey Novo and Dan Stubbs.
  • Program 328: 6 January 2014Robyn Gaile speaks with Jonathan Jackson, the Head of Clinical Services at the Australian College of Optometry.
  • Program 327: 30 December 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with George Booth of Travel Tree, about a tour to Thailand, which is designed for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 326: 23 December 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Max Bini, Tertiary Education Consultant at Vision Australia.
  • Program 325: 16 December 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Michael Kelly, the sound engineer for New Horizons.
  • Program 324: 9 December 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Hanna Mazzeo, new Advocacy and Policy Officer at Blind Citizens Australia, and with Sue Hastie, Project Officer, about the employment project on which she is working.
  • Program 323: 2 December 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Councillor Steve Hurd of the City of Booroondara Council, about his experience of being a councillor as someone with a vision impairment, after having been in the position for more than a year. He was previously interviewed for New Horizons in December 2012, shortly after having been elected.
  • Program 322: 25 November 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Greg Madson, the new National President of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 321: 18 November 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Bob Claffey, Secretary of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia about raising awareness of disability.
  • Program 320: 11 November 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Colin Watson, President of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia. We also hear extracts from the Networking in Social Situations session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.
  • Program 319: 4 November 2013An extract from the Keynote Address by Michael Simpson, at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2013, on the theme of Embracing Change. Michael is a long time member of BCA and is a former President. He is General Manager, Accessible Information Solutions at Vision Australia.
  • Program 318: 28 October 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Brent Harpur, an artist who is vision impaired and was recently featured in a documentary about art.<
  • Program 317: 21 October 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 316: 14 October 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Alex French, CEO of Caption Solutions, about the Go-Theatrical AD app for accessing audio description in theatres.
  • Program 315: 7 October 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Paula Hobley about her PhD research into the subjective well-being of people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Program 314: 30 September 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Michael Simpson, Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Blind Citizens Australia National Convention, on the theme of Embracing Change.
  • Program 313: 23 September 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Greg Madson and John Simpson, the candidates for President of Blind Citizens Australia at the upcoming election.
  • Program 312: 16 September 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Maurice Gleeson of Blind Sports Victoria.
  • Program 311: 9 September 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, and with Greg Madson, Vice President of Blind Citizens Australia, regarding the lack of audio description on television.
  • Program 310: 2 September 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Jessica Zammit for the last time, as National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 309: 26 August 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Maryanne Diamond, Immediate Past President of the World Blind Union, about the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled.
  • Program 308: 19 August 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Cheryl Pascual, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about the upcoming Annual General Meeting and elections for President and representatives on the National Policy and Development Council. Robyn also speaks with Barry Chapman, Chair of the BCA National Convention Organising Committee.
  • Program 307: 12 August 2013Rikki Chaplin speaks with Thai Nguyen, Advocacy and Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia. There are also excerpts from the Notice of Annual General Meeting letter.
  • Program 306: 5 August 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Jessica Zammit, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, about DisabilityCare Australia, public transport and employment.
  • Program 305: 29 July 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Chris Edwards, Manager, Program Development at Vision Australia, about the VidKids program, providing hearing and vision services to children living in outer regional, remote and very remote Australia.
  • Program 304: 22 July 2013Sue Hastie speaks with Rosemary Boyd, Blind Citizens Australia’s new Executive Officer.
  • Program 303: 15 July 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Henry MacPhillamy, a Melbourne University law student, who after the death of his guide dog was motivated to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Program 302: 8 July 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Amanda Rishworth, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers.
    Amanda also speaks about the National Disability Strategy.
  • Program 301: 1 July 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Scot Muirden, Director of the Charles Bonnet Syndrome Foundation. Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is the experience of a person with vision impairment ‘seeing’ things which are not really there (i.e. phantom images). The CBS-affected person recognises that what they see is not real. It is not a mental illness or a sign of approaching senility, but rather a strange side effect of vision loss.
  • Program 300: 24 June 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Ed Killesteyn, Electoral Commissioner, Australian Electoral Commission, regarding the process for accessible voting at the upcoming Federal Election.
  • Program 299: 17 June 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Bob Claffey, Secretary of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 298: 10 June 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Joyce Jones, President of the Toowoomba Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 297: 3 June 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Dennis Moir, Manager Community Services and acting Chief Executive Officer, Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia, about their Prospective Leaders Program.
  • Program 296: 27 May 2013With 2013 being the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act in Australia, Robyn Gaile speaks with Lisa Hayes, a BCA member, about her experience of lodging a complaint under the DDA and the processes involved.
  • Program 295: 20 May 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Suzanne Hudson, President of the Tweed Valley Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Program 294: 13 May 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Cheryl Pascual, President of Blind Citizens Australia, with details of the appointment of a new Executive Officer. Also, in recognition of Mother’s Day, Robyn speaks with Samantha Marsh, a vision impaired mother of sighted children and the daughter of a mother with vision impairment.
  • Program 293: 6 May 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Cheryl Pascual, President of Blind Citizens Australia and with Sue Hastie, National Presenter of SoundAbout, Blind Citizens Australia’s quarterly audio magazine.
  • Program 292: 29 April 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Lauren Henley, Information and Advocacy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia and with Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Transport, regarding the NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme.
  • Program 291: 22 April 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Ben Clare, inclusive education officer and teacher of people with vision impairment, about his work with people who are blind or vision impaired in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Program 290: 15 April 2013Sue Hastie speaks with Greg Madson, President of Dog Guide Handlers Australia.
  • Program 289: 8 April 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Barry Chapman, Blind Citizens Australia Director and Chair of the National Convention Organising Committee, about plans for this year’s convention.
  • Program 288: 1 April 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Mary Lovett, recipient of an Australia Day Honour “for service to the blind and partially sighted, and to the community”.
  • Program 287: 25 March 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Lee Mules, winner of the 2012 Fine Works prize for her age category in the World Blind Union, Asia-Pacific Region, Onkyo Braille Essay contest.
  • Program 286: 18 March 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Glen Bowen, a life coach who has a vision impairment, about body language and communication from a vision impairment perspective.
  • Program 285: 11 March 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Cheryl Pascual, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about activities at BCA including staffing matters.
  • Program 284: 4 March 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Maryanne Diamond, Immediate Past President of the World Blind Union about achievements during her term of office.
  • Program 283: 25 February 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Louise Pearson and with Lauren Henley about their experiences of using echo location.
  • Program 282: 18 February 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Jessica Zammit, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, who updates us on her current policy work.
  • Program 281: 11 February 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Patricia Stillman and with Dan Stubbs about their experiences of dating as people with low vision.
  • Program 280: 4 February 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Marlene Cooper regarding being refused permission to take her dog guide into a dental Surgery.
  • Program 279: 28 January 2013
    Robyn Gaile speaks with Sue Hastie, National Presenter of SoundAbout, about the upcoming issue, and with Nadine Riches, who tells us a little about herself and what Braille means to her.
  • Program 278: 21 January 2013
    Leah Hobson speaks with Rikki Chaplin about his hearing loss as someone who is blind.
  • Program 277: 14 January 2013Robyn Gaile speaks with Jane Bryce, Community Education Coordinator at Guide Dogs NSW, about way finding and the built environment.
  • Program 276: 7 January 2013Sue Hastie speaks with Cheryl Pascual, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about plans for the year ahead and Robyn Gaile speaks with Pat Stillman in the first in a series about blind blunders and strategies for managing them.

Blindness no Barrier:  a memoir of David Blyth AO

Blindness no Barrier is a series of nine interviews (of about one hour each) creating a memoir covering the remarkable life of the prominent disability activist, David Blyth.

The interviews are conducted by John Coleman and edited by Robert Love. The music is by the very talented Geoff Irvin.

The memoir covers significant aspects of David’s childhood leading up to the accident which caused his blindness, his lengthy and difficult rehabilitation and then the rest of his childhood adjusting to and coming to terms with his new life as a person who is blind. The memoir goes on to cover the major parts of David’s life in respect of his professional career and his family life as a married man with three children. The memoir’s particular focus is on David’s activities as a human rights activist for the rights and well-being of people who are blind or vision impaired. This covers his pivotal role in the establishment and development of Blind Citizens Australia, the establishment of the World Blind Union and his period as a  Regional President and then President of the World Blind Union.