Welcome to Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

Whether you are blind, have a vision impairment , a family member or friend of a person who is blind or vision impaired, BCA is here to assist you.

We provide information, peer support, individual and systemic advocacy, and consultancy services. Our Branches act as local lobby groups and provide opportunities for social interaction for members.

Explore our site. Learn about us. Listen to SoundAbout for profiles of people who are blind or vision impaired and those working with our community. If you are interested in audio-described TV, cinema and DVD content check out It’s Our Turn. Set your dial and tune in to our weekly radio program New Horizons. For the issues and policies that affect you, plus useful information and tips, turn to the pages of BC News or Parent News.

Welcome to BCA, the national organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired.

Contact BCA:

Toll Free:
1800 033 660

Phone:
(03) 9654 1400

Email: Blind Citizens Australia

Donate to Blind Citizens Australia by using the PayPal button below



New Horizons Program 486

This week on program 486 of New Horizons, we feature the final in our series on the recently held Human Rights Oration, held last December in Melbourne. We continue the panel discussion.

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 http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ 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

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons Program 485

This week on program 485 of New Horizons, we hear the first part of the panel discussion which followed Graeme Innes’ speech at the Human Rights Oration, held in Melbourne in December. The topic is employment for people with a disability.

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 http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ 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

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons Program 484

This week on program 484 of New Horizons, we hear from Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner. This is an edited version of the speech he gave at the recently held Victorian Human Rights Oration in Melbourne. Talking about the right to work for people with a disability, Graeme discusses his own employment history, as well as the background to current legislation regarding employment for people with disabilities, and how each employer in Australia can help. This web version is longer than the radio version.

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 http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ 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

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons Program 483

This week on program 483 of New Horizons, ahead of some important news from Blind Citizens Australia, we hear the first in a series on the Human Rights Oration, held on December 7 in Melbourne. We hear some introductory remarks from Kristen Hilton, Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

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 http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ 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

And on the The Global Voice

Employment Opportunity: Tour Guides – Dialogue in the Dark

Guide Dogs Victoria will be bringing the much anticipated Dialogue in the Dark™ exhibition to Melbourne in 2017.

Dialogue in the Dark™ is an interactive sensory exhibition that facilitates visitors experiencing daily living without sight. The exhibition will simulate iconic locations and experiences of Melbourne and is undertaken in complete darkness. Visitors are guided through the exhibition by a Guide who has low vision or who is blind. Through this encounter, visitors find a new appreciation for the unique skills of people with a disability, and reflect on their own personal value systems, attitudes and behaviours.

Guide Dogs Victoria are now recruiting for up to 20 Guides for the exhibition on a casual or part time basis. This role will be primarily responsible for guiding tour groups through the exhibition and providing an enjoyable, educational and professional experience for all patrons.

Requirements for this role:

We are looking for individuals who are blind or have low vision and have:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, good grammar and enunciation with experience in giving presentations or guiding large groups is desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge of a second language will be highly regarded
  • Empathetic communicator with the ability to see things from another person’s point of view
  • Good mobility and white cane skills
  • Sufficiently mobile with high level of acceptance of their vision impairment / loss
  • Able to manage the physical demands and requirements of the job (applicants are required to walk and stand for at least 1 and a half hour periods while conducting tours)
  • A satisfactory background check (including a National and International Police Check and Working With Children Check)

Applications (including a Cover letter and Resume) should be emailed to hr@guidedogsvictoria.com.au

All candidates will receive a copy of the Position Description upon receipt of application being received.