Give the Gift of Advocacy

Dear BCA friends,

My name is Annabelle Waller. I’m a proud Blind Citizens Australia member and an executive committee member of Blind Citizens WA. I’m also a university student completing my BA in Psychology and
Counselling at Edith Cowen University as well as a Cert III in Business.

One of the highlights of 2017 for me was participating in the BCA National Convention, travelling to Melbourne from Perth! BCA covered travel and accommodation costs. I have multiple impairments which mean I need to travel with a support worker. So, without BCA’s assistance I would not have been able to afford to attend. Due to your generosity I was able to have this life-changing opportunity, catch up with other people from around the country from within this amazing community and make life long friends. I just wanted to say a big thank you.

Through your donations to BCA, myself and other BCA members were able to attend a convention which delivered so many memorable experiences. Like Dr Fred Schroeder’s key note address around the importance of seeking support from other blind people to reduce discrimination and reminding us that we should not allow the low expectations of society to limit us. I must admit to being completely star struck to be able to be in the same room as this legend! There were also sessions on emerging technologies and employment, workshops targeted at students on study techniques, a look at historical perspectives on
blindness, a workshop on building self-confidence and communication skills and an introduction to audio editing.

As you are probably aware BCA exists to positively promote our needs and rights within the community and to “change what it means to be blind”. BCA can continue to advocate, inform and offer opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to support each other through the generosity of people like you.

Today, as Christmas fast approaches, I would like to ask you to do the following. Please join with me in helping BCA to continue to support Australians who are blind or vision impaired through a one off donation, or through a regular donation to BCA’s recently renamed monthly giving program, “BCA Backers”. These are the areas where your contribution, whether large or small can really make a difference:

  • $30 will cover the cost of responding and managing an information request from a person who is blind or vision impaired
  • $50 will enable us to communicate important advocacy information to 3000 BCA members quickly via text message
  • $100 will support a teleconference of a local BCA branch to provide information and peer support for ten people who are blind or vision impaired
  • $200 will support a meeting of our National Policy Council via teleconference
  • $500 will allow us to support a future leader to attend a BCA convention or development forum for the first time.

Share the great work BCA does with your friends and family. Follow BCA on Facebook or Twitter, get involved in some of the great advocacy work they do.

Why not suggest to your friends and family that they support BCA with a donation in your name as an altruistic alternative to a Christmas gift. Donations can be made online by following the “Make a Donation” link above, by filling in this donation form, or by calling BCA on 1800 033 660. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

Please donate. Pick up the phone. Connect with BCA on the web. Embrace the true spirit of the festive season – Give now.

Happy Holidays!
Annabelle Waller

 

Audio Description on Australian Television: Options Survey

BCA has spent a lot of time campaigning for a permanent audio description service on Australian television in 2017. We’ve had a few wins along the way, and We’re getting closer to reaching our final goal. We’re now working with the government to decide how audio description should be delivered on an ongoing basis.

Please take the time to complete our survey to tell us what you think. Your feedback will help us advocate for a solution that meets the needs of the broader population of people who are blind or vision impaired.

HAVE YOUR SAY HERE

 

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


Workshops in NSW/ACT: Getting what you need in the new world of disability care and support

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care have resulted in big changes to the ways in which people who are blind or vision impaired receive services.

Throughout February and March, BCA will be hosting a number of workshops across New South Wales and the ACT to provide more information about these schemes and answer peoples’ questions.

For more details follow this link or visit our Events page.

 

New Horizons Program 537

This week on program 537 of New Horizons, we hear part two of the series taken from the recent Blind Citizens Australia Convention, on the impacts of blindness and vision impairment on emotional well-being. We conclude the discussion of research, and hear a personal story from Vanessa Ransley, a music teacher from Tasmania.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To subscribe, using iTunes or your pod catcher of choice, search for Blind Citizens Australia to find and 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 536

This week on program 536 of New Horizons, we hear the first of two programs on how blindness and vision impairment impacts on emotional well-being. This week we hear about two studies on blindness and emotional well-being, from presenters at the recent Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To subscribe, using iTunes or your pod catcher of choice, search for Blind Citizens Australia to find and 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 535

This week on program 535 of New Horizons, as we draw near the end of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, we focus on one option for taking a break from it all. We hear from Steve Richardson and Vanessa Ransley, who recently joined Vaughn Bennison and his family on a Christmas Cruise. We discuss accessibility to cruise ships, what is on offer, and some tips for people considering investing in this option for their holidays.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To subscribe, using iTunes or your pod catcher of choice, search for Blind Citizens Australia to find and 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 534

This week on program 534 of New Horizons, we hear about technology, in the first of our programs dealing with sessions from the 2017 Blind Citizens Australia convention. Jonathan Mosen discusses emerging technologies, and how we must remain vigilant to ensure that we are not forgotten when technology companies roll out new products, or updates to existing products.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! To subscribe, using iTunes or your pod catcher of choice, search for Blind Citizens Australia to find and 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