Media Release and More BCA 2015 National Convention Information

Dear members

Convention weekend is finally here!

Please find below a media release about Convention issued late yesterday.

If you’re not attending but would like to keep in touch, remember that you can do so in several different ways:

  • Listen to the live stream through Blind Sports Radio. A link will be available on the front page of the BCA website at when the stream is active. An email circulating the direct links for different apps and platforms has been circulated to the list.
  • Tune in through the RPH network. Listen to packages and highlights through the two days.
  • Follow us through @au_BCA and the Convention hashtag #BCACONV on Twitter.

There will be two sessions where those not with us in Perth will be able to text through questions for discussion to 0407 308 706. Those sessions are:

  • Saturday 10th October: Celebrating 40 Years of Blind Citizens Australia – 10:40 – 11:40 Western Standard Time
    Panel discussion with Robyn Gaile, Emma Bennison and John Simpson chaired by Bill Jolley.
  • Sunday 11th October: Looking to a Bright Future – 2:55 – 3:55 Western Standard Time
    Panel discussion with Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel, chaired by Grace King.

I’d also encourage you to start a discussion on bca-l if a topic sparks your interest.

Happy listening, tweeting, emailing and texting everyone!

Kind regards,



8 October 2015

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), the national peak body for people who are blind or vision impaired, will celebrate its 40th anniversary year in Perth this weekend with a national Convention for members, service providers and the broader community.

“This Convention will highlight the strength of BCA as a voice for people who are blind or vision impaired,” said Greg Madson, BCA President. “We have a long history of fighting successfully for positive changes, like audio signals at traffic lights to make sure everyone can cross roads safely. We’ll be looking back at these successes and thinking of the challenges ahead, such as access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Broadband Network.”

BCA National Convention, which occurs every second year, is an important way of bringing together people for peer support and vital information. People who are unable to attend will be able to participate by listening to a live internet stream through Blind Sports Radio or through radio by tuning into Radio for the Print Handicapped (RPH) stations.

“We’ve had a great response from both members and service providers,” said Leah van Poppel, BCA Chief Executive Officer. “It’s really important that BCA as an independent voice for people who are blind or vision impaired is supported to stay strong by the agencies who value our feedback on the support they provide in our community. We’re especially pleased to have significant sponsorship from Vision Australia, with supporting sponsorship from Senses Australia.”

BCA National Convention will be held at the Mercure Hotel Perth on 10th and 11th October.

Media contact: Leah van Poppel, Blind Citizens Australia CEO
Mobile: 0430 210 980 Email:

Closing Date Extended – Blind Citizens WA Youth Scholarships 2015

Dear Blind Citizens WA Members,

Blind Citizens WA Inc is proud to offer three scholarships for members under the age of 35 to attend the 2015 Blind Citizens Australia Convention, including the 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Dinner, to be held at the Mercure Hotel Perth, 9 – 11 October 2015. The scholarships are offered in memory of the late Josephine Nicholson.

Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration ($195), with up to $130 per scholarship to help towards transport and/or accommodation costs.

The application closing date has now been extended to Friday 2 October 2015.

To apply, please download and complete the BCWA 2015 Youth Scholarships Application Form (also attached) and return to by 5pm, Friday 2 October 2015.

Successful applicants will be advised by Monday 5 October 2015.

If you have any questions or have any difficulty accessing the application form, please contact Blind Citizens WA President Deanne Ferris via or call 0438 687 768.

For information about the BCA 2015 National Convention visit:

Warm regards,

Deanne Ferris
Blind Citizens WA Inc.
Mobile: 0438 687 768

Seeking Expressions of Interest Provision of Audio Technical Equipment and Services

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), Australia’s leading national organisation of blind and vision impaired people, is seeking expressions of interest to provide technical equipment and support for its National Convention this year.

This EOI process has closed. Thank you for your interest.