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 GiveNo button below


Media release: There’s no broadcast reform ‘breakthrough’ without audio description

With Government yet to strike a deal on its broadcast reform, now is the perfect opportunity to make television inclusive and accessible to all Australians by making provisions for audio description. Read the full media release here.

 

Postal Survey on Marriage Equality

Following an unsuccessful attempt to gain information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, BCA has today directed an open letter to Senator Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, and several other Australian Government Ministers.

This letter, which you can download here, seeks to clarify arrangements regarding the participation of people who are blind or vision impaired in the forthcoming postal survey, regarding changes to the Marriage Law. 

We will keep you advised of the outcomes of this enquiry. 

As many will know, this matter is being managed as a confidential survey of opinion, to be undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In general, survey forms will be distributed by post to all those on the Australian Electoral Roll.   

It is worth noting that the ABS Website includes the following statement about inclusion in the survey process:

“Special Strategies to support participation
Arrangements will be put in place to allow eli
gible Australians living in remote areas, those living overseas, those located in the Antarctic, Government personnel on overseas deployment, those unable to self-complete a paper form, or those without access to mail to have an opportunity to participate in the survey.
Further details of these processes will be released on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au
) as soon as they are finalised.”

I draw your attention to the phrase “those unable to self-complete a paper form” which hopefully includes people who are blind or vision impaired. 

While we are confident that the ABS is aware of our needs, the level of their response may depend on demonstrated demand. For this reason it will help the outcome if BCA members and others with an interest in this matter make enquiries about access to the ABS “Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line” on 1800 572 113. 

Please note, as this is an “open letter” please feel free to distribute it to your networks. 

New Horizons Program 516

This week on program 516 of New Horizons, we hear from Bill Jolley, about a man who’s life and work made a huge and positive difference to the lives of so many Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Brother Gerard Devlin passed away recently, and Bill tells us about him, and his work on behalf of blind and vision impaired people. Also a notice of an upcoming forum. 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

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Blind Citizens Australia will hold its 42nd Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on Friday 13 October 2017. Join us at the Novotel Glen Waverley, 285 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, at 7:00PM. The meeting will be followed by a welcome dinner as part of the 2017 National Convention. Visit our Events page or read more here to find out everything you need to know about the AGM.

2017 National Convention – Registration Now Open

Blind Citizens Australia is excited to be hosting its 2017 National Convention in Melbourne from 13 – 15 October. Visit our Events page or follow this link to find out everything you need to know about the program, how you can get involved, and how to register.