Welcome to the April edition of Blind Citizens News for 2020. You can also download the Word version or listen to the audio within each article (coming soon).
List of Articles
- Editorial – “Let’s talk about Stevie Wonder. Is that an outtake from his weird concept album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants I hear, or is it the sound of all of you groaning…”
- Traveling Alone: a first-timer’s perspective – “Like many people, I had the desire to have an overseas travel adventure, however being totally blind meant there were some obvious obstacles…”
- Australian Disability Parking Permits – a win in Queensland – “If you subscribe to Blind Citizens Australia’s email lists, you should have heard of a significant advocacy win for Leonie Barber, and for Queenslanders…”
- Register for Upcoming Training in our Aged Care and Service Provider Resources – “The Service Providers Expectation Policy has been developed to assist members in receiving services from blindness service providers…”
- When Blindness Isn’t Your Only Disability – “For many of us, blindness or vision impairment isn’t our only diagnosis. Often an additional disability or medical condition presents a variety of different challenges, which can…”
- The Stranger on the Bus – “I don’t know you, but you think you know me. I’ve got my headphones in, and I’m just getting to the really good bit in my book. I’m on the way home from work…”
- An Eye to the Future of Employment – “This work aims to change the perceptions associated with employing people who are blind and vision impaired…”
- BCA’s Bedrock for the Future – “The purpose of this article is to give readers information about the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, and to seek your consideration of making a donation or leaving a bequest to the Foundation…”
- Update to the BCA Member Database – “In early 2019, Blind Citizens Australia received funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grant program to invest in a new membership database…”
- From Anger to Acumen: The Advocacy of Martin Stewart – “For many years, Martin Stewart was driven by anger. It’s an understandable stance. Blind from birth, his childhood was marred by abuse, his education limited by ableism,..”
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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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