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



Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

Dear Members

Please find below a joint statement from Leah as CEO and myself as President of BCA. Should you have questions, please contact me on 0410 553 383.

Blind Citizens Australia – Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

30 July 2016

We are writing to let you know that sadly, Leah has made the decision to resign as CEO of Blind Citizens Australia. This difficult, but necessary decision will enable Leah to manage her personal circumstances.

Leah says: “I love BCA and have very much enjoyed my time here. But my personal circumstances have changed significantly in recent months and I need more time and space to manage them. I want to make it clear that this decision is in no way a reflection on the work of Emma and the board. They have given me an enormous amount of support, for which I am very grateful. I would like to take this opportunity to wish BCA all the very best into the future as I step away from the organisation and into a new role.”

The board recognises the critical role Leah has played in rebuilding member confidence in the organisation. Emma says: “Members are the reason BCA exists. Leah’s dedication to communicating with and supporting members has strengthened our organisation as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. The board sincerely thanks Leah for her commitment and wishes her every success in her new position.”

Leah has offered her full support to the board during the transition process. Her final day in the BCA office will be Friday, 19 August.

The board will provide further information regarding the recruitment of a new CEO in due course.

Leah van Poppel, CEO
Emma Bennison, President

SoundAbout August 2016 Now Available

The August edition of SoundAbout is now Available. You can listen or download using the audio player above. For your convenience, you can also find below links to the program. The first is with the words “listen” for immediate listening. The other is with the word “download” for placing on a device for listening at a later date.

Contents of this edition include:

  • Information about accessible formats for the 2016 Census
  • Marian Jones speaks with President, Emma Bennison about the Perth Forum
  • Steve Richardson speaks with CEO, Leah Van Poppel about staffing changes and Federal election impact on BCA
  • Marian Jones speaks with Katie Brooks about her experience with using telephone voting for the Federal election
  • Peter Greco speaks with Jeremy McClure, paraolympian
  • Peter Greco speaks with Ian Murray from the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired about his Order of Australia Award
  • Steve Richardson speaks with Joanne Chua about her experience with using audio description through the ABC iview app
  • Vaughn Bennison speaks with Michael Anderson from the Reserve Bank about accessible banknotes
  • Rikki Chaplin speaks with Nadia Mattiazzo about her experience using the Commonwealth touch screen EFTPOS known as Albert
  • Diary Dates for ACT, NSW and WA
  • Details of the South Australian 2016 State Forum
  • BCA Branch contact details
  • BCA Head office contact details

listen to SoundAbout August 2016

or

download SoundAbout August 2016

Please note that Soundabout is also 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, or
– Using your podcatcher use the URL http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ to manually search

New Horizons Program 461

This week on program 461 of New Horizons,Blind Citizens Australia CEO, Leah van Poppel, tells us about factors affecting equal access to digital information for blind and vision impaired people. In this first part of a two part talk Leah gave at the Round Table on Information Access for people with a print disability, she outlines the impact of unequal access, and just who is disadvantaged the most.

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

ACT Forum Streaming

From 12PM – 2PM on Saturday 23rd July Blind Citizens Australia and Blind Citizens NSW will be holding a forum in the ACT to talk about:

  • closer ties between BCA and BC NSW
  • possible future funding for information support, peer support and campaigns.

If you can’t be there in person, you can tune in using the links below. Have a question or comemnt on the day? Text 0407 308 706 to be heard!

New Horizons Program 460

This week on program 460 of New Horizons, find out when the state conventions will be happening in your state. There is news specifically for those in the ACT, and we hear from Pacific Vision about some of the products they sell and support.

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

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