Statement from Blind Citizens Australia Leadership Development Forum, July 2017

Statement from Blind Citizens Australia Leadership Development Forum, July 2017

Blind Citizens Australia held its first ever leadership development forum in Melbourne from 7th to 9th July 2017. The forum brought together 50 key members of the organisation, including directors, staff, presidents of local branches, emerging leaders and others with key roles in the organisation, for a weekend of working sessions and presentations from 15 speakers.

The objectives of the forum were to build leadership skills, increase BCA’s capacity to engage with marginalised and isolated people, and to begin the process of establishing a cohesive network to provide peer support to the organisation’s leaders.

Read the full statement from the Leadership Development Forum.

Help Us Make BCA’s 2017 National Convention the Best Yet!

Dear Members,

2017 is a National Convention year and we need your help to make it the best yet! The Convention will be held in Melbourne over the weekend of 13 to 15 October. Venue details are still to be finalised. There are plenty of ways to get involved, so read on.

Join the Convention Programming Committee

Join with other BCA members to help build a stimulating, informative and inclusive Convention program. While we will need to have some committee members who are Melbourne-based, we also welcome members from other states. We will be looking to ensure the committee is as diverse and inclusive as possible. So unfortunately we may not be able to accept everyone who expresses interest.

Meetings will be held at least once a month and you will need to be able to take on a share of the workload between meetings. To express your interest, please send an E-mail to bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Programming Committee” in the subject line. Your E-mail should include:

  • Your name
  • The state you reside in
  • A couple of paragraphs telling us what you will bring to the committee and why you’d like to be involved.

Or you can call the office on 1800 033 660 and we can record your response for you. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 17 March.

Help with Convention Logistics

If things like catering, social functions and creating a family-friendly event are more your style, we also want to hear from you. We are looking for people to assist with various logistical tasks, so please E-mail bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Logistics” in the subject line or call 1800 033 660 and let us know how you can help by Friday 17 March.

Other Ways to Have Your Voice Heard

Committees are not everybody’s idea of a good time, but there are plenty of other ways you can contribute. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Tell us what topics you would like to see on this year’s program. You can send your suggestions to bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Ideas” in the subject line. Or call the office on 1800 033 660 and give us your suggestions. We welcome any and all suggestions, even if they are new and different from what we have done in the past. While there is no closing date for your ideas, the sooner you get them to us, the better, before the program fills up.
  • Assist as a volunteer or invite a friend or family member to do so. More information on volunteering opportunities will follow later, but this is just to get you thinking.
  • Pitch a session to us. Perhaps you have an idea for a session which you could deliver. Please let us know and we will pass your details on to the programming committee for consideration. Please note that BCA does not pay speakers.
  • Give us your ideas for fundraising and sponsorship. If you know of companies who could support the Convention or have ideas for raising funds, we would love to hear them. Please contact the office to share your suggestions.

So as you can see, there are many ways you can work with us to build BCA’s best National Convention yet. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

We look forward to hearing from you. Our contact details are below for easy reference:

Phone: 1800 033 660

E-mail: bca@bca.org.au

Vision and Hearing Impaired Access for A History of the World in 100 Objects

media release

Monday 10 October, 2016

Vision and Hearing Impaired Access for A History of the World in 100 Objects

National Museum Offers Suite of Disability Access Features for the First Time

For the first time in a major exhibition, the National Museum of Australia is offering a suite of special features for blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors to the “A History of the World in 100 Objects” exhibition from the British Museum.

Specially commissioned audio tours, with Auslan (Australian Sign Language) / Conexu video, braille label text and a Touch Table have been developed by the National Museum to help blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors get the most out of A History of the World in 100 Objects.

In its only east coast venue, A History of the World in 100 Objects uses items from around the globe to explore the last two million years of human history, sourcing the oldest objects from the British Museum’s collection and incorporating those from the present day.

From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the exhibition traces human experience through objects people have made, including a 1.6 metre tall Assyrian relief, the famous Assyrian clay Flood Tablet (from modern Iraq) inscribed with the story of a great flood and an Ark; and a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

National Museum director Dr Mathew Trinca said he was committed to greater disability access at the cultural institution.

“The National Museum is keen to ensure that blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors can enjoy exhibitions like A History of the World in 100 Objects, alongside other Australians,” said Dr Trinca.

National Museum Diversity and Wellbeing Support Officer (who is himself vision-impaired), Scott Grimley, said, “As technology makes it easier for people with a disability to access the world around them, the Museum is showing a commitment to include everyone in the exhibitions it provides.”

The National Museum is offering two audio tours, which are linked to Apps that can be downloaded on IPhones and Android devices.
Once downloaded, these Apps offer an Auslan video tour and audio descriptions of 19 objects featured in A History of the World in 100 Objects.

The 19 objects have Braille and large print identification numbers that can be accessed by blind, vision and hearing impaired visitors and then typed into the handheld devices, to trigger the audio or video tours.

Replica objects, including the Flood Tablet, several different Lewis Chessmen, the Astrolabe and the bust of Sophocles, that duplicate the sensory experience of touching the original objects in the exhibition, are available on a Touch Table.

www.nma.gov.au
Free general entry | Open 9 am —- 5 pm daily (closed Christmas Day) | Acton Peninsula Canberra | Freecall 1800 026 132
Donations (tax deductible) are welcome, visit www.nma.gov.au/support_us

The National Museum of Australia is an Australian Government Agency For more information please contact Tracy Sutherland, (02) 6208 5338 / 0438 620 710 or media@nma.gov.au

Streaming of BCA Victoria State Forum

The Victoria state forum will be held at the Bayview on the Park Hotel, 52 Queens Road Melbourne, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

For the full details and program please visit the Victoria Forum page

Commencing at 9am (Vic time) the Convention will be streamed live. You can access the stream using one of the folloeing links below.

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!