Life Ready Program – expressions of interest now open


BCA is running a program in early 2019 designed to develop independence and skills to empower you to live the life you choose. “Life Ready” will consist of a series of interactive teleconferences and participants will then have the opportunity to participate in an immersion weekend where they will be supported by peers to develop the practical skills related to living an independent life.

Find out more here.

Life Ready Program


Life Ready focusses on developing your independence and skills to empower you to live the life you choose.

Life Ready will consist of a series of interactive teleconferences throughout the beginning of 2019 and participants will then have the opportunity to participate in an immersion weekend where they will be supported by peers to develop the practical skills related to living an independent life.

This program will cover the following topics:

  • Accessing the support you need to get the most out of your Education
  • Careers: looking for work and succeeding at work
  • The benefits of peer support and the role a mentor can play in your life
  • Moving out of home and living independently
  • Getting out into the community and participating in mainstream sport, recreational and cultural events
  • Accessing a variety of supports and services
  • Tools for self advocacy

Blind Citizens Australia recognises that vision can change at any age and that acquiring independent living skills is a lifelong process. This program is suitable for anyone who will be over the age of 18 by April 2019.

If you would like to participate in the Life Ready program it is expected that you will participate in all of the teleconferences and the immersion weekend as well as an evaluation process at the conclusion of the project.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, please complete the Expression of Interest and return it to Sally Aurisch, NSW/ACT Coordinator,

For more information about the program or if you require assistance to complete your application, please call Sally on 1800 033 660.


Job Post: WBU Human Rights & Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor


The World Blind Union (WBU) is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit-making organization, representing over 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries. It is the internationally recognized organization speaking on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons at the international level. Visit

DATE: December 18, 2015

JOB TITLE: Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor

TERM: Full-time, One Year Contract with possibility for renewal

LOCATION: To be determined. Preference for location in a developing country in partnership with WBU member organization

REPORTING: The Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor reports directly to the CEO World Blind Union, with secondary day-to-day reporting to the Manager of the host partner

The Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor will support the World Blind Union at all levels in carrying out its representation role on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons worldwide.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES entail (but not limited to):
 Analyzing and interpreting international instruments of importance to WBU and blind and partially sighted persons, including but not limited to:
 Post 2015 SDG’s
 Marrakesh Treaty
 Prevention of Blindness Action Plan
 UNOHCHR including Universal Periodic Review
 Assisting WBU at international and regional levels to develop and implement strategies and action plans regarding these instruments for the benefit of members at the grassroots level.
 Development of tools and resources to enhance member engagement and support them in their implementation strategies
 Provide Analysis and strategic advice on emerging international processes, instruments, priorities such as, for example:
 Disaster risk reduction
 Situation of refugees
 Post 2015 SDG’s
 Other emerging issues as they arise
 Provide support as expert advisor to WBU and its members on issues related to UN advocacy and representation
 Development and utilization of a variety of communications and training information, tools and resources through the utilization of technology and other methodologies to support our human rights and advocacy strategies and implementation. Such tools might include
 Website
 Webinars
 Social media channels, such as Twitter, blogs, etc.
 Training programs (harnessing technology)
 Developing a community of practice at regional level
 Liaise with other international partners as appropriate to facilitate and strengthen WBU’s representation work. In particular, these liaisons include International Disability Alliance, CBM Advocacy Coordinators, Vision Alliance members

 Post-secondary education in a related field
 Experience in the areas of human rights, advocacy and disability rights
 International experience a strong asset
 Excellent written and oral communications in English essential as well as additional language ability, in particular French and/or Spanish.
 Well developed interpersonal and communications skills
 Superior analysis and writing skills
 Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software, and social media
 Available for occasional international travel
 Personal knowledge of blindness or low vision a definite asset

SALARY RANGE: Approximately $40,000 USD, commensurate with experience



Dr. Penny Hartin
Chief Executive Officer
World Blind Union

Please send cover letter and resume in MS Word format only

Blind Citizens Australia Appoints New Executive Officer

22 June 2015

Blind Citizens Australia’s position as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians has been secured through the appointment of Leah van Poppel as its new Executive Officer. Leah is well-known to BCA members and across the blindness sector as a former Policy Officer with BCA and through her current role with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Leah brings significant strategic development and policy skills along with her personal experience of vision-impairment to the role. The board is delighted to have the opportunity to work with her to grow our organisation.

The board also takes this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and sincerely thank Tony Iezzi for his extraordinary work as Operations Manager over the past five months.

Tony has tirelessly and passionately steered BCA through a period of significant challenge. Without his management expertise and his willingness to take on the role at short notice, our organisation would have floundered. We wish Tony all the very best for the future.

Tony will continue in his role until the end of August. Leah will commence on 3 August.

The board also wishes to acknowledge the support of Brooker Consulting and the work of the recruitment subcommittee throughout the recruitment process.

Greg Madson
Blind Citizens Australia

Media contact: Emma Bennison, 0410 553 383

Semester 1 – 2015 Courses from Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired

Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind.

Enrollments are now open for the term beginning in February, 2015.

Course Offerings: courses
Application Fomr: application
Course Schedule: schedule

A Note On Prerequisites
Most courses require some basic computer and screen reader knowledge. If you are unable to complete the basic computer skills test, please talk to us about the Computers 101 course. Prerequisites

The WordPress course requires some HTML knowledge. If you have not taken our HTML course, you may need to complete a skills test to demonstrate your knowledge.

For information on pricing, see the fees page. Fees

IT Essentials
Learn how to configure, repair, and install PC hardware and software This course provides a comprehensive overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. It is intended for people who wish to pursue careers in IT and gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. This course prepares students to take the A+ certification exam if they wish, and students who complete the course may find work as a technical support representative. At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Describe and identify the internal components of a computer
Assemble a computer system
Install an operating system
Troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software
Connect computers to the Internet
Share resources in a networked environment
Install and troubleshoot peripherals such as printers and scanners
IT Essentials course link

Intro To Networking
Introduction to networking is your first step along the path to studying for the CCNA or CCENT.

In this course you will learn basic network terminology, subnetting, how to configure basic home and business networks and the basics of network security., At the end of this course you will have the basic skills and experience to configure home and small office networks.

Building Websites With HTML 5
Learn to build your own website from scratch
This course is designed for both those who are new to HTML as well as those people who want to upgrade their HTML skills to use HTML 5. HTML is the basic building block of websites. Students will learn to build a website from the ground up using practical techniques that work for vision impaired people.

Topics covered include:
Choosing a web address and web hosting provider
Using an FTP program and HTML editor
Adding text, links, and lists to your website
Choosing a color scheme for your site
Adding audio and video content to your pages
Adding images to your site
Adding a shopping cart and contact form to your site
Using security measures to protect your visitors and your site
HTML5 course link

Getting the most out of Word Press
WordPress isn’t just a blogging platform. You can build entire websites with WordPress. This course will show you how to configure the Word Press content management system from Scrach and how to optimize both accessibility and functionality.

Audio Editing Fundamentals, Single Track or Multi-track
These courses teach audio editing to those of all skill levels. The single trakc course focuses on using software like Goldwave to record, edit, and enhance audio. The multi-track course teaches all aspects of audio production and mixing using Reaper. Both classes teach principles of microphone usage, choosing formats, and provide a survey of audio equipment for all budget levels. Our original Audio Fundamentals course has had a refresh this term and is now split into two tracks. Students may choose whether they’d like to learn single track editing with Goldwave, or multitrack editing with Reaper.
Audio Editing course link

Introduction to Linux With The Raspberry Pi
This course will help students learn how to run things like a Teamtalk server, media center, web server, and broadcasting software by teaching students how to use the Linux command-line operating system. and the Raspberry Pi.
Linus course link

MS Word Essentials
This course will teach students how to use Microsoft Word with a screen reader to create useful and attractive documents. The course will run for 12 weeks, and will take students from the basics of using the Ribbons and the Backstage view in Office 2010-2013 to the more advanced features of the program suchas macros, graphics, templates, forms, and mail merge.
MS Word Essentials course link

Short Courses
These courses do not run for the entire length of the term. They vary in length, anywhere from one week to half the term in length. They tend to be more focused than the full length courses in terms of content.

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind. It will run for 8-10 weeks, dependent on student needs.
Employment course link

Other Short Courses
The following courses are being considered to run next term. Let us know which of these you would be interested in seeing. and if you have ideas for other courses that you’d like to see up teach.

MS Excel: A course exploring Excel, and how to use it to improve efficiency and productivity.

MS PowerPoint: A course designed to take students from the basics all the way through creating a presentation with multimedia and graphical elements. The course has one assignment, a final presentation that will be shared with the class.

The Windows Command Line: A course aimed at teaching students all about the power of the Windows command line – it can do more than you think.

Cooking 101: A series of short courses based around certain topics, such as baking, once-a-month or freezer cooking, meal preparation and planning, how to create home-cooked alternatives to restaurant meals, ETC.

To sign up for the course, send an email to caviinfo @ [without the spaces], or by letting us know via the contact form on Contact Form

CAVI – A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world.

Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills.

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.