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 yourself, or are the 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




More talking signs for Brisbane CBD

Plans are underway to install additional talking signs in the Brunswick Street Mall Revitalisation Project in Brisbane. This follows an Australian-first trial of the audio signage technology in Queen Street Mall last year.

The solar-powered Step-Hear audio signs works by sending vibrations to the activator device to assist those who are blind or vision impaired to find their way around the mall. Users can check up on their location, find shops or get directions using the remote-activated signage.

Following the trial the talking signs are now a permanent fixture in the Queen Street Mall. And to make use of the new technology, the Brisbane City Council is looking at having activators available for loan to community members and visitors to help them orientate their way around the city. Guide Dogs Queensland have activators for purchase with the added benefit that the activator will work on installed Step-Hear signs anywhere in the world.

For more information visit: Guide Dogs Queensland

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New Horizons program 356

This week on program 356 of New Horizons, Rikki Chaplin speaks with Lauren Henley, National Policy Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, about the Disability Discrimination Act Fact Sheet developed by BCA, which includes when and how to lodge a complaint.

The direct link to listen is Listen to program 356

and to download is Download program 356

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australias 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

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Review 2012: Response to the Draft Review Report – July 2014

While access to public transport has improved in a number of ways since
the implementation of the standards in 2002, and the first five year review in 2007, there continue to be a number of barriers preventing people who are blind or vision impaired from enjoying full access to the transport experience. We are also greatly concerned about the lower levels of compliance reported in rural and regional areas and strongly believe that low levels of demand for accessible public transport should not negate the need to provide a service that is universally accessible.

These and other aspects were outlined in the Blind Citizens Australia’s response to the 2012 Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Draft Review Report. You can find a copy of our submission on our Submissions page

New Horizons program 355

This week on program 355 of New Horizons, Rikki Chaplin speaks with Andrew Daly, Executive Director of the Royal Society for the
Blind, about new initiatives, including the opening of an office in Newcastle, New South Wales.

The direct link to listen is Listen to Program 355 and to download is Download Program 355

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