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

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World Blind Union – Asia Pacific Mid-Term Regional General Assembly

The World Blind Union – Asia Pacific Mid-Term Regional General Assembly 2014 will be held on 21-24 November in Hong Kong.

Live streaming broadcast of the plenary sessions and concurrent workshops will be arranged at the official website of the Assembly. Interested parties can watch the programs on line by clicking on the “Live” icon next to the title of relevant sessions in the program overview page http://wbuapga2014.org/en_pro.php during the event.

For more information about the Assembly, please visit the WBU official website

New Horizons program 374

This week on program 374 of New Horizons, Steve Richardson speaks with Paul Price about the recent Blind Citizens Australia Queensland driving day. We also hear a recording of Steve taking a drive around the Lakeside Racetrack.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is now available as a podcast! Using your pod catcher of choice, use the search term “Blind Citizens Australia”, you should then be able to subscribe to the New Horizons program.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

And on the The Global Voice

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 Vision Australia website

Seeking feedback on the experience of ‘post school transition’

Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is seeking feedback on the experience of ‘post school transition’ of students with disability.

CDA wants to learn about students’ experiences of planning for life after school. This is sometimes also referred to as career planning. These terms refer to the assistance and information available to students as they start preparing for life after they have finished school.

CDA wants to gain a better understanding of what is available and accessible to students with disability and to identify any barriers which may exist.

The survey is available for young people aged 18-25 years OR for families

THE SURVEY WILL CLOSE ON 05/12/2014.

Microsoft Develops Navigation System for People with Vision Disabilities

Global Accessibility News

Microsoft Develops Navigation System for People with Vision Disabilities

Americas Nov 10, 2014

Microsoft has developed the prototype wearable device, with the help of the charity Guide Dogs UK and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult to launch a headset to help people who are blind or have low vision navigate around a city.

When the headset is paired with a Windows Phone, the application uses GPS and cloud based location alongside a network of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals placed along the route. After setting the route, the user will hear a continuous clicking noise designed to sound like it’s coming from a meter or two ahead, guiding him or her along the correct route.

The application will also provide information on shops, points of interest and additional journey details to help the user navigate.

Check out this video about the project

Source: Microsoft

Global Accessibility News

Microsoft Develops Navigation System for People with Vision Disabilities

Americas Nov 10, 2014

Microsoft has developed the prototype wearable device, with the help of the charity Guide Dogs UK and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult to launch a headset to help people who are blind or have low vision navigate around a city.

When the headset is paired with a Windows Phone, the application uses GPS and cloud based location alongside a network of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals placed along the route. After setting the route, the user will hear a continuous clicking noise designed to sound like it’s coming from a meter or two ahead, guiding him or her along the correct route.
The application will also provide information on shops, points of interest and additional journey details to help the user navigate.

Check out this ,A HREF=”http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/10/microsoft-develops-navigation-system-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/”> video about the project

Source: Microsoft

WBU e-bulletin October edition now Available

For current information on activity from the World Blind Union; it can be read here in the WBU October e-bulletin