Welcome to the online version of Blind Citizens News for June 2019. You can also read the Word version or listen to the audio version within each article.
List of Articles
- Editorial – “I realised that many of the things we now find commonplace once seemed as out-of-reach to them as our goals seem to us…”
- Letter to the Editor: Observations on Travel – “In both Sweden and Ireland, I was interested to find that Audio Description on television was available…”
- Introducing our Life Ready Podcast Series – “We are highlighting some of the diversity within the blind and vision impaired community … These podcasts feature four very different members of BCA, and begin to share their stories…”
- What is a Peer Mentor and How Can a Peer Mentor Help You? – “A mentor is someone with whom we can develop a relationship and trust to listen to us, someone who understands our challenges, walks beside us and helps us find the answers to our questions…”
- BCA on Expert Advisory Group for 3D Printing Project – “This three-year project will investigate the use of 3D printing as a new means of accessing graphics for people who are blind or vision impaired…”
- Life Hacks for Hospital and Travel – “I am bringing a few of the great tips from workshops on both travel and being in hospital which were part of the recent BCA National Convention…”
- On Multiple Disability: The Bare Bones of My Story – “Often when we meet to talk about disability, the concern is not around the individual cause, but focussed on areas of common impact. I have two completely different, but equally important disabilities…”
- National Policy Council Report – “The Blindness Service Provider Expectations Policy sets out our aspirations for entitlement to service, service delivery, product sales, communications and access to information, complaints procedures, fundraising, marketing and publicity, employing people who are blind or vision impaired, governance and leadership and service user representation and advisory bodies…”
- News from our National Women’s Branch – “To say that Robyn is a community minded person is an understatement: she is a prolific fundraiser, undertakes roles on sporting and recreation bodies, provides opportunities for people to take a short break away, and is a board member of her local church…”
- To Face the Future of Work, We Need New Approaches – “The disparity between improved technological access and static employment growth is of concern to everyone, especially our younger people seeking out meaningful and rewarding career opportunities…”
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BCA would like to acknowledge the generous work of the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1995 with BCA being the primary beneficiary.
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