First ever Dog Guide Handlers conference in Australia

This year, on the weekend of 6th and 7th September, Dog Guide Handlers Australia will hold its first ever conference.

To be held in Adelaide at the Grand Chifley, the conference will be an opportunity for Dog Guide Handlers from around Australia to come together, participate in a range of workshops and engage in networking and peer support activity.

More information can be found on the Dog Guide Handlers Australiawebsite.

SPEVI

South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment Biennial Conference 2015

Together Towards Tomorrow

Families & Professionals – A Vision for Success

12th – 15th January 2015, Melbourne Conference and Training Centre, Melbourne

Call for Papers

For all Information on the Call for Papers, please go to the dedicated webpage:Call for Papers

Invitation

We invite you to attend the 2015 Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, to be held from 12—15 January 2015 in Melbourne, Victoria.

‘Together Towards Tomorrow’

The 2015 SPEVI Conference will emphasise the importance of students, families and professionals working together, taking on the challenges that the future presents – new technologies, new literacies, new skills and new communications.

Participants will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about the practices and philosophies they are engaged in each day and share this knowledge in order to meet these new challenges. This four-day conference aims to engage all participants using innovative practice and new technologies and to share and develop knowledge.

Contact

For further information or to express interest in attending please contact the Conference Organisers:

All Occasions Management

41 Anderson Street

THEBARTON SA 5031

AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 8 8125 2200

Fax: +61 8 8125 2233

Email: jenna

Website: More information on the conference can be found on the website: www.spevi.net/spevi/spevi-conference-2015.php

New Horizons interview

This week on program 322 of New Horizons, Robyn Gaile speaks with Greg Madson, the new National President of Blind Citizens Australia.

The direct link to listen is Listen to Program 322

Interview on Talking Vision New Horizons interview

Edition 191 for the week of  25 November 2013.

 

This week we introduce the new leaders at Blind Citizens Australia (BCA). BCA is the national organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired. In recent times this organisation has undergone significant change, with the appointment of a new Executive Officer in the middle of this year and the election of a new president in October. In this program Stephen Jolley chats with these two people to explore their background, their vision for BCA and their take on the importance of the organisation to the blindness and vision impaired community.

 

Participants this week are:

  • Rosemary Boyd, Executive Officer of BCA;
  • Greg Madson, President of BCA.

 

Also this week, Frances Keyland from the Vision Australia Library, previews another title in Reader Recommended.

 

You can listen here to this week’s program or go to the Talking Vision web page for broadcast details, an outline of past programs and links to associated audio.

 

Please spread the word that people can keep in touch with the program through Twitter by following talkingvision1.

 

Stephen Jolley

Client Communications Advisor

Vision AustraliaI was recently interviewed on New Horizons,  program 322.

 

Robyn Gaile speaks with Greg

> Madson, the new National President of Blind Citizens

> Australia.

 

> The direct link to listen is http://bca.org.au/attachments/nh-0322.m3u and

 

to download is

> http://bca.org.au/attachments/New-Horizons-20131125-Ep322.mp3

 

 

 

$2.2 million for Disability Equipment Grants program

I have been on this LotteryWest Disability Equipment Grants program since it started close to 10 years ago. Back then, With a budget of around $500,000 I marvelled at how small grants could turn someones life around by giving them the tools they needed for independence .

Of all the committees, boards, councils and advisory groups I have been on this one really gives me a sense of the community we are part of.

It constantly reminds me of that great Paul Kelly song-
“from little things, big things grow”.

Group photo taken at presentation of LotteryWest cheque to Disability Equiptment Grant Program

Group photo taken at presentation of LotteryWest cheque to Disability Equiptment Grant Program

This from Jacqui Caldwell, ILC Marketing & Communications Officer, sums it up Beautifully ;

I’ve been working at the Independent Living Centre for nearly one year and what a huge learning curve I’ve been on. With the ILC providing a range of services it takes a while to learn about each and every one of them. I know of and often hear about our grants and funding programs but today it really hit home about the difference these grants make to people’s lives.

Ms Andrea Mitchell MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Disability Services, presented a $2.2 million cheque on behalf of Lotterywest to the ILC for the Disability Equipment Grants (DEG) Program. Following this, people who have received grants told their stories.

Lee, a man in his early seventies who has cerebral palsy, told how he began using a computer when he was 63 and how specialised computer equipment, purchased thanks to a DEG, has enabled him to share his sense of humour and communicate more with people as well as allowing him to pay his bills online and be more independent.

Belinda, mum of six-year-old Mikayla, who is diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome and is dependent on her wheelchair to get around, shared how being able to convert their car into a wheelchair accessible vehicle has made a huge difference to their lives. Transferring Mikayla in and out of the car is now a lot less strenuous and makes decisions such as popping down to the shops with the kids to grab a loaf of bread much simpler.

These are just two stories – last year over 570 grants were provided to individuals to assist with funding equipment through the DEG program.