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




Employment Survey Online

Disability Employment Services Consumer Engagement Strategy

Background

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), along with fifteen other disability consumer groups has received funding from the Australian Government to explore the employment experiences of people with a disability. The results of the projects undertaken across the sector will be used to help improve the delivery of Disability Employment Services and Job Services in Australia. They will also be used to better link these services with the National Disability Insurance Agency (formerly Disability Care Australia). The Government aims to use the individualised care and support services provided within the National Disability Insurance Agency, to make significant gains in workforce participation for people with disability.

How You Can Help

We have developed a survey to assist us to gather information about your job search experiences. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

You can complete the survey a number of ways:

1. Please click on the link below which will take you directly to the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCAEmploymentProject

OR

2. Contact the BCA National Office for a copy of the survey in your preferred alternate format.

OR

3. Contact the BCA National Office to complete the survey over the phone.

The survey can be completed by anyone who is blind or vision impaired who has had experience job searching; you do not have to be a BCA member to complete the survey.

Please forward this survey to your networks, we would really appreciate your assistance in maximising the returns.

If you have any questions please contact Sue Hastie at the BCA National Office on 03 9654 1400 or 1800 033 660.

The survey is open from March 2014 to 30 April 2014.

Thank you for participating in our survey.

Kind regards,

Sue Hastie

Project Officer.

Blind Citizens Australia

12TH WBUAP Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest 2014

Blind Citizens Australia has been appointed as the National Onkyo Selection Committee (NOSC) for Australia. The contest is sponsored by the Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and The Braille Mainichi in Japan, and is implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP).

This is an annual project with cash prizes awarded to the best seven entries received with the main prize, “the Otsuki Prize” being $US 1,000. Other prizes are for “Excellent Works” which are $US 500 and “Fine Works” which are either $US 300 or $US 200 depending on the age group.

Participation in the contest is open to anyone who is blind or vision impaired, is over 14 years of age, and lives in the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific Region. Entries are divided into two age groups which are: persons between the ages of 14 and 25 years; and persons from the age of 26 years upwards.

If you enjoy writing Braille essays, or know someone who does, then please carefully read the Terms and Conditions on our Onkyo World Braille Essay Page.

Entries must be submitted in Braille to the BCA National Office, Ross House, Level 3, 247-251 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000 by 15 May 2014. A computerised copy of your entry would also be helpful.

If you have any questions please phone BCA on 03 9654 1400.

Soundabout May 2014

the May addition of SoundAbout is now availible.

Please find following, two links. One to Listen To and the other to Download the May 2014 edition of Soundabout. Please choose the one which best suits your needs. We hope you enjoy listening to this.

The contents of this edition are as follows:

· Marian Jones speaks with BCA President, Greg Madson about the BCA Website update

· Sue Hastie speaks with BCA Executive Officer, Rosemary Boyd for a national office update

· Rikki Chaplin speaks with BCA National Policy Officer, Lauren Henley for a policy update

· Peter Greco speaks with Jessica Gallagher, vision impaired winter Olympian on her success and experience at the recent games

· Sue Hastie speaks with Janene Sadhu, committee member of the National Womens Branch for an update

· Marian Jones speaks with Cathy Horner about her new role on the National Womens Branch Committee

· Peter Greco speaks with Prof Jan Lovie-Kitchen who attended the recent 11th international Conference on Low Vision held in Melbourne

· Rikki Chaplin speaks with Graham Pamplin about his work teaching vision impaired people to use adaptive technology in Queensland

· Sue Hastie speaks with Dale Rearden about his research into workplace discrimination against people with disabilities

· Peter Greco speaks with Michele Griffin about the upcoming BCWA State Forum.

· Rosemary Boyd speaks about this year’s Onkyo Braille Contest.

· Diary Dates

SoundAbout, May 2014 – listen or download

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