First ever Dog Guide conference in Australia

the first ever Dog Guide conference held in Australia has been a fantastic success.

held at the Grand Chifley in Adelaide on the 6th and 7th September. The conference was an opportunity for dog guide handlers, instructors and speakers to come together participate in some networking and peer support activity and engage in some informative workshops.

Photos and workshop recordings are now available on the Dog Guide Handlers Australia website at

Next Vision ImpairedTour – New Zealand in 2015

After deliberating on the options for 2015 we have decided on Queenstown New Zealand as an exciting destination for our next adventure.

Like previous tours the content has enough activities to ensure we are out and about, based in one hotel, and lots of shops and restaurants right in the town for the leisure times!

Escorted Vision Impaired Tour To Queenstown, New Zealand

6 Nights/7 Days

Depart Perth Sunday 24th May 2015 and returning Saturday, 30th May 2015

“Travel Tree has been successfully designing and escorting vision impaired tours for a number of years, specifically for Australian vision impaired persons. Traditionally the tours have been to South East Asian destinations, but this year Queenstown New Zealand has been selected to ensure participants from all around Australia have easy access to the tour. There are many activities included in the itinerary to make sure there is plenty to do, but also to allow some downtime for shopping, resting and the opportunity for some optional activities. Start planning, look for your sighted companions, and I invite you to join me on this wonderful journey.”

George Booth: Tour Escort.

Package Pricing
Per Person Share Twin $2,875 Single Room (sole occupancy) $3,380 Land only (no air) $1945 twin share $2450 single room (sole occupancy) Airfares from Adelaide/Brisbane/Darwin/Melbourne & Sydney available on request.

Trip Includes

  • Economy class airfare Perth to Queenstown and return flying QANTAS.
  • Current airline taxes and charges
  • 6 nights’ accommodation Novotel Queenstown
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Roundtrip airport transfers Queenstown
  • Activities: Twin challenge Shotover and rafting on the great Kawarau River- Lunch and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery – Spectacular cruise on the Sprit of Queenstown across Lake Wakatipu to MT. Nicholas Station – 4WD drive tour Discovery tour and lunch at Arrowtown – Queenstown to Cromwell with lunch in Clyde at the Post Office Restaurant – Skyline Gondola & Restaurant dinner .
  • Services of escort in New Zealand (subject to 20 persons participating on the tour from Australia).

Not Included

  • Meals other than stated above
  • Telephone calls and alcohol
  • Travel Insurance (All participants must have travel insurance and policies are available if required)
  • Passport cost


  • Passports must have 6 months’ validity from arrival back into Australia
  • All vision impaired persons should have a sighted companion

(If required, people can register and Travel Tree will endeavour to arrange a sighted companion to share)


A deposit of $350.00 per person is required within 7 days of confirmation of tour and the balance around 6 weeks prior to departure.

Full terms and conditions will be advised at time
of enquiry.

For bookings and information contact Maxiema Lager on (08) 9382 5044 or

Blind Citizens Australia AGM and State Forums

After a very successful Western Australian state forum In July, Blind Citizens Australia is holding its next range of state forums during the month of October.

More information can be found at BCA forums and AGM

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.



Tuesday, 24 June 2014 Media Access Australia

Entertainment giant Hoyts has increased its number of DVD rental kiosks nationally, as well as improve the access information about the titles each kiosk holds.

Launched in 2009, Hoyts Kiosk offers new release movies to the general public via a vending machine (kiosk). Kiosks take payment via credit card and rentals can be kept for up to ten days. There is also the flexibility of reserving online through the Hoyts Kiosk website (link is external) to ensure your title is available, and returning rentals to any kiosk location.

When Media Access Australia first tested a kiosk in 2012, it was found that title accessibility information was not displayed on the kiosk screen. This meant that people requiring closed captioning or audio description to watch DVDs were unable to use the kiosks without prior knowledge of a title’s accessibility. This was reported to Hoyts at the time.

We are pleased to report that Hoyts Kiosk now includes audio description and closed caption information for each title, if available, on the title’s information screen.

DVD kiosks are a growing trend, often found in shopping centres and other central public gathering points. This trend is counteracting the closure of DVD rental stores but retaining disc rental as an option where streaming video may be too slow due to slow broadband.

Hoyts website:

Media Access Australia Website: