New Horizons Podcast

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. It runs for about 15 minutes, in MP3 format. To listen, you can use the audio player below.

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:

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New Horizons Program 450

This week on program 450 of New Horizons, budget 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 use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To manually subscribe, using your pod catcher of choice, place the following URL in the appropriate field to subscribe to the New Horizons program.

If you are a Vision Australia I-Access Library member, you can subscribe to New Horizons using the I-Access on line catalogue. Use the find facility within the on line catalogue with the search term “New Horizons” and you will be presented with current and past programs of New Horizons, from there you can subscribe to the podcast.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

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Braille Music Camp 2016

A Camp for Braille readers who love music and want to learn, improve, transcribe or teach Braille music.

The 31st Camp will be held at Frensham, Range Road, Mittagong NSW 2575
From Saturday evening 25th June to breakfast Saturday 2nd July 2016

An Application form can be downloaded here: 2016 braille camp application form

For further details Contact:
Roma Dix,
11 Bourne Close
Mittagong NSW 2575
P: 02 48 711 086
M: 0432 466 882

BCA media release: we’ll be able to read our bills but can we pay them?

For Immediate Release.

Budget 2016: We’ll be able to read our bills but can we pay them?

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) today welcomes the federal government budget focus on aged care supports and a commitment to ensuring funding for the NDIS, but says reviews of DSP for 90,000 and cuts to power subsidies for new pensioners are of major concern.

“It’s great that the government has invested in the NDIS Savings Fund Special Account, and the My Aged Care consumer portal,” said BCA CEO Leah van Poppel.

“We’re concerned that 90,000 people may be taken off Disability Support Pension without a safety net or a jobs plan. We could see people getting the right equipment under NDIS to read their bills but if they come off DSP they won’t be able to pay them.”

“It’s also great that the government has recognized what our members are telling us: that information on My Aged Care is truly limited for consumers. We hope that the extra money will include work to make information available to people with disability about their access to My Aged Care in the formats they choose, like Braille or radio.”

We also welcome:

  • $96.1m for Try, Test and Learn program for innovative approaches to those at risk of long term welfare dependency;
  • $118m funding for students with disabilities

What’s missing:

  • funding for national representation by disability specific disabled person’s organisations;
  • A rights based approach for audio description on broadcast television;
  • Funding to ensure no copayment for disability specific supports in My Aged Care.

Media contact:
Leah van Poppel CEO:
Tel: 0430 210 980

SoundAbout May 2016 Now Available

The May edition of SoundAbout is now available. You can use the audio player above to listen or download. Alternativly, for your convenience, you can use the links below. The first is with the words “listen to SoundAbout May 2016” for immediate listening. The other is with the word “download to SoundAbout May 2016” for placing on a device for listening at a later date.

Contents of this edition include:

  • Steve Richardson speaks with Emma Bennison, President regarding the recent SA Forum
  • Rikki Chaplin speaks with Leah Van Poppel, CEO about Audio Description
  • Marian Jones speaks with Lori Grovenor, consumer, about her experiences with My Aged Care
  • Peter Greco speaks with Lauren Henley about her involvement with My Aged Care
  • Peter Greco speaks with Karen Knight from Vision Australia from a service providers point of view on My Aged Care
  • Marian Jones speaks with Bernadette Packer, the new Womens Branch representative on the Soundabout Committee
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Ramona Mandy about the new Braillenote Touch
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Barry Brown about his experience with telephone voting at the recent Queensland elections
  • Notice about the newly released New Horizons theme song
  • Diary Dates for WA, NSW and ACT
  • Branch contact details
  • BCA contact details

Listen to SoundAbout May 2016


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Please note that Soundabout is also available as a podcast which you can subscribe to. You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • If you are a Vision Australia library client, make enquiries with them, call 1300 847 466
  • Using your podcatcher use the URL to manually search.