March 31, 2020
We speak with Access Technology Advisor for the Vision Shop, David Woodbridge about the educational tool, Cod Jumper, that opens up the world of computer coding to blind children.
Launched recently by Vision Australia, Code Jumper, was originally designed by Microsoft and developed by American Printing House, and assists 7-11 year olds, regardless of their level of vision, to learn the basics of computer coding and programming skills. A tactile system of oversized buttons, knobs and cords, means that students learn by touching and listening, exciting the hands as well as the imagination.
March 24, 2020
The Holman Prize is a major award from the Lighthouse Foundation worth $25,000, awarded for a project that encompasses a spirit of adventure for those who are blind or have low vision.
Singer, musician and Vision Australia braille music transcriber Jordie Howell is entering the Holman Prize with the aim of recording an album, in collaboration with Australian composers and composers who are blind or have low vision.
She's in conversation with Tess Herbert and talks about the inspiration and her dream of making the album.
You can help Jordie fulfill a lifelong dream of sharing her voice with the world by going to the link and liking her video on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3bkXe1d
More likes for her project proposal will help Jordie progress to the semi-finals, so please 'like' her video on YouTube and share with your friends!
March 18, 2020
Vision Australia responds to Covoid 19
Vision Australia CEO, Ron Hooten, said while these were challenging times for all, the organisation’s response is one of supporting the Australian Government in flattening the curve of Covoid 19.
This involves implementing a number of measures everyone has been asked to do including social distancing.
For now however, as much as possible it is about providing the services for our blindness and low vision community.
February 27, 2020
Welcome to the CERA podcast – a monthly interview series with researchers from the Centre for Eye Research Australia focused on new findings and developments in eye health and vision loss.
In this episode, we chat with Managing Director, Professor Keith Martin. Professor Martin is the Ringland Anderson Professor and head of ophthalmology at Melbourne University. He is a leading researcher into eye health and responsible for the ground-breaking development into gene therapy for glaucoma.
Professor Martin will also speak at a free community event in Melbourne March 11 as part of National Glaucoma week. Details on the CERA website here https://www.cera.org.au/events/2020-community-forum-glaucoma/
This podcast has been made in conjunction with Vision Australia Radio.
February 25, 2020
In the latest Meet the Expert audio series, Stella chats with braille trainer Mitzi Raaphorst about the Vision Australia braille courses available to adults aged 16 years and over.
Mitzi also says that learning braille as an adult requires time, patience, and a goal.
‘Braille isn’t hard but it requires work. Having a goal motivates people and makes them determined to put in the practice required,’ said Mitzi.
Goals might include being able to use braille in the community such as identifying public toilets, street signs or elevator signs or for independence at home such labelling grocery or medication items.
February 13, 2020
Dating can be a nerve-wracking experience, but living with blindness or low vision doesn’t mean it’s off limits. In honour of Valentine's Day we bring you the top five dating tips when you're blind or have low vision.
Presented by Sarah Taylor, co-facilitator of our Telelink dating program Table for One, we have five scenarios and follow Bernard, Ravi, Gigi and Felicity - who all have lived experience and are ready to date!
June 25, 2018
Hear from two special international guests about how IrisVision, a new wearable device, is helping people with low vision through its powerful magnification capabilities. Vision Australia orthoptist and product advisor Tony Wu talks with founder and inventor of IrisVision, Professor Frank Werblin, and low vision pioneer and IrisVision user Tom Perski.
May 15, 2018
There has been a lot of discussion about the 2018 Federal Budget but how does it affect people who are blind or have low vision? Chris Edwards and Scott Jacobs from our Advocacy and Engagement team talk us through how the Budget might affect you.
April 20, 2018
Meet Vision Australia's Library team in this webinar held 18 April 2018. Find out how to get started with our library, who can join and how you can support borrowers who require an alternate format.
Listen to a demonstration of our library app; 'VA Connect', and our 3G DAISY player device, plus we talk about audio description.
We hope you enjoy. For more, visit www.visionaustralia.org/library