Launch of Telstra’s 6th Disability Action Plan

On the  21st Anniversary of International Day of People with Disability, Telstra CEO David Thodey (in Sydney), supported by DDA Commissioner Graeme Innes (In Melbourne with 60+ Telstra guests) and Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer Tim O’Leary, launched Telstra’s 6th Disability Action Plan, 2013-2016. 

See David Thodey’s Telstra Exchange blog for his thoughts on the Plan http://exchange.telstra.com.au/?p=27032

There is a link from the Blog to Telstra’s 6th Plan (Word and PDF).

The Human Rights Commission; Twenty Stories – Just the ticket

The Human Rights Commission; Twenty Stories – Just the ticket

Launch of RecruitAbility

RecruitAbility facilitates the progression of applicants with disability to further assessment in Australian Public Service Commission recruitment exercises, such as interview, when they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position. The intent of the scheme is to better support the APS employment of people with disability. It aims to build the confidence and capability of the job applicant pool, while simultaneously improving the ability of selection panel members to assess the merits of applicants with disability.

http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/recruitability-applicants-guide

Braille and Tactile Street Signage

The City of Melbourne has installed 80 new tactile street signs to assist residents and visitors who are blind or have vision impairments to move around the CBD safely.

The City of Melbourne consulted Vision Australia, Vic Roads and Health Science Planning Consultants on the project as part of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2017, to create a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

Photo Swanston Street Braille and Tactile street sign in the Melbourne.

Braille and Raised Tactile street signs in Melbourne CBD



Features of the signs include:

high contrast colours to assist people with low vision
braille labels indicating street names
accessible height (plates attached to signposts at eye-level)

The new signs are located at 10 major CBD intersections.

An opportunity for vision impaired / blind adventurers

Vision impaired / blind adventurers are invited to join Ranquilco for the trip of a lifetime. If youʼre seeking a world beyond the familiar, this is for you!

In March of 2014, T.A. Carrithers will lead three blind riders for a 10-day pack trip into the heart of the Andean Cordillera, Argentina. The trip will include: a 3-night stay at Estancia Ranquilcoʼs lodge where the riders, guides and horses will prepare for the journey ahead; 10 days of trail riding and wilderness camping; an additional 2-night, post-trail recovery stage at the Estancia lodge. Horses, pack-mules, food + gear will be supplied, and each blind / visually impaired guest will have his/her personal guide. Pack trip and travel costs to/from Argentina are covered.

This epic, horse-powered trek will become the subject of a movie, called Blind Spot. A vision quest documentary, Blind Spot defies the conventional views on blindness to chronicle an inspirational journey of self-discovery, in search of what we see, what we canʼt see, and what we overlook.

See more at http://ranquilco.com/index.php/trips/blind-spot/

Selection criteria for the visually-impaired / blind riders:
– The invitation is open to blind / visually-impaired women + men (must be over 18)
– Prior horseback riding or camping experience is not necessary
– Average fitness level and tolerance for unpredictable weather is preferred
– Must be available to travel to Argentina for 3 – 4 weeks in March of 2014

Share your story with us:
– Please write a brief message (+/- 150 words), or send us a video or audio recording (+/- 1 minute) that expresses your passion for joining this adventure. Weʼd love to learn what you hope to discover on the trail, what you want to bring home, and what you might leave behind…
– Deadline for entries: December 1, 2013.

For more information, or to submit your story, please contact us:
tac.ranquilco@gmail.com
info@blindspotfilm.com
For more information about the film, please go to: blindspotfilm.com