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

NDS News Update – NDIA revises support definitions and pricing lists

NDIA revises support definitions and pricing lists

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released new versions of the ‘Support Clusters Definitions and Pricing’. The revised items have positive features, but note: this is not the Agency’s response to the review of the prices for one-to-one supports, which is not expected until the end of November.The positive features include a new category for supporting participants with challenging behaviour or with high medical support needs. This covers support with daily personal activities and support to participate in community, social and civic activities. While the rates set for this support category are inadequate, NDS is pleased that the NDIA has accepted our argument that supporting participants with challenging behaviour or high medical needs costs more than supporting other participants.

NDS is also pleased to see a new support item that recognises that some individuals require higher intensity complex support coordination. The price for this has been set at $83.00 per hour, more than $30 per hour more than the standard coordination price. In addition, the NDIA has acknowledged that where “such support is provided or guided by a health professional because of the needs of the participant, the health professional rates apply for that support.” This range of complex support coordination items better reflects the needs of participants who require assistance with coordination or managing life stages, transitions and supports.

The expansion of the number of items under the ‘Assistance to access and maintain employment’ cluster is also positive. It better reflects the assistance that people with significant disability require to find and maintain employment. The inclusion of ‘Assessment to identify vocational potential and suitability’ and ‘Workplace assessment’ are particularly welcome, along with the items for ‘Post-school employment assistance’.

The prices related to work in an Australian Disability Enterprise have been revised to reflect current ADE case-based funding levels. This at least will clarify pricing arrangements for ADE providers during the launch phase of the NDIS.

As NDS’s negotiations with the NDIA continue, members operating in the launch sites are encouraged to provide NDS with feedback on NDIS prices, particularly those prices relating to accommodation support, group-based community participation and employment. We thank members who have already assisted us with information.

NDS will inform members as soon as the outcome of the review of prices for one-to-one support is available. 

 

Contact Information:
Ken Baker, Chief Executive, Ph 02 6283 3200, ken.baker@nds.org.au

November SoundAbout

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Dear Member

Please find following two links for the November 2013 edition of Soundabout.  You can choose to either listen to or download the edition by choosing the links worded as Listen To or Download.

Listen to or download the November 2013 edition of Sound About!

Regards

Samantha Marsh
Administration Officer
Blind Citizens Australia

“It’s Our Turn”

Dear member

Please find attached the latest edition of “It’s Our Turn”, our quarterly media access newsletter.  

We are currently looking for a new name for this newsletter, preferably something that reflects exactly what it’s all about. If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them!

Happy reading,
Lauren

Lauren Henley
National Policy Officer
Blind Citizens Australia