New Horizons program 343

This week on program 343 of New Horizons, Samantha Marsh speaks with Thai Nguyen, Advocacy and Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia.

The direct link to listen is Listen to program 343 and to download is Download program 342

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Broadcast times and stations are at http://wp.me/P4cPvC-1K

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia web site at http://www.bca.org.au

And on the Global Voice at http://theglobalvoice.info.

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia
for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at http://www.visionaustralia.org

Dedicated Animal Bathrooms Opened Up at Brisbane Airport

Dedicated Animal Bathrooms Opened Up at Brisbane Airport
Written by Justin Burns on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A trip to Brisbane Airport has become much easier for passengers’ travelling with Guide Dogs and assistance animals after dedicated animal ‘bathrooms’ opened up.

The two facilities, which are situated airside Level 3 Departures at International Terminal and in the Level 2 Central Area at Domestic Terminal, means travellers with assistance animals are no longer required to leave the building when their animals receive the ‘call of nature’.

There introduction will mean international passengers will no longer need to go through the customs, immigration or security screening every time their dog need to be relieved, and reduce the need for assistance animals to be fasted before long flights.

Bathrooms are fully wheelchair accessible and have separate ventilation systems, contain an artificial turf area, a wash down facility for the turf, a dispenser and bin for disposal of doggy doo bags, a water bowl for the dogs, as well as a sink for people to wash their hands.

The entry door is electrically operated, with the room fitted with hearing augmentation loops, and visual emergency evacuation alarms, and once used an external light alerts cleaners that the facility requires cleaning and disinfecting.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and managing director, says Brisbane Airport was ‘proud’ to be the first airport in Australia to offer dedicated airside animal assistance bathroom facilities.

“Disability access is a key focus for BAC and we have a team dedicated to ensuring we not only meet the regulations and legislation surrounding disability access, but exceed them.

“This includes retrofitting existing buildings with facilities like we’re opening today and making sure all upgrades and new developments improve access and the overall airport experience for people with disabilities,” Alroe adds.

Source: Airport World
http://www.airport-world.com/home/general-news/item/3874-

New Horizons program 342

This week on program 342 of New Horizons, Peter Greco speaks with Jessica Gallagher, bronze medallist at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.

The direct link to listen is Listen to Program 342 and to download is Download Program 342

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Broadcast times and stations are at http://wp.me/P4cPvC-1K

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia web site at http://www.bca.org.au

And on the Global Voice at http://theglobalvoice.info.

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia
for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at http://www.visionaustralia.org

New Horizons program 341

This week on program 341 of New Horizons, Samantha Marsh speaks with Sadam Ahmed about technology accessibility. His website is at sadamahmed.com

The direct link to listen is Listen to program 341 and to download is Download program 341

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Broadcast times and stations are at http://wp.me/P4cPvC-1K

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia web site at http://www.bca.org.au

And on the Global Voice at http://theglobalvoice.info.

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia
for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at http://www.visionaustralia.org

March 2014 Blind Citizens Update

Welcome to the first Blind Citizens Update!

Regular readers of Blind Citizens News will be used to accessing informative and interesting articles about issues which affect people who are blind or vision impaired.

At BCA we want to make sure we share such information with you all year so welcome to the first edition March 2014 BC Update(Word doc)! In between issues of BC News we’ll use the Update to make sure we do just that – keep you informed, intrigued and involved.

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think.

Rosemary Boyd
Executive Officer