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The Blind Argument - Episode 4 “Communication and Advocacy”

The Blind Argument is a debate-style podcast that discusses ‘hot’ topics that surround people living with disability, more specifically vision impairment and blindness.

Clinical Psychologist Davinia Lefroy and Youth Support Officer Ryan Honschooten debate these issues through their past and lived experience, and in doing so offer insights, education and understanding for people living with or without disability. One thing they both agree on is that there’s more than one ‘right’ way of doing things.

Ep 16: “Look What’s Coming Out of the Wood”, William Ford & Reg Pollan - Just Why It Matters

Look What’s Coming Out of the Wood… They make everything from bread-cutting boards. Coffee tables and wine-racks. These men and ladies are making furniture and having loads of fun, end yes they are all vision-impaired. Listen to William Ford and Reg Pollan talk about how it all comes together.

Ep 15: A Few Thoughts about “Just Why It Matters”

A  Few Thoughts about  “Just Why It Matters”

There are no two identical blind people. Each has his or her own aspirations, struggles, interests and yes even  their own quirks. That’s why I am sharing some of my own on this episode when I pull away part of the curtain to tell you somethings about myself. Kenneth Phua, host of “Just Why It Matters” speaks candidly in a monologue.

Ep 14: “Brain Injury and Blindness.. what you need to know”, Donna Lindop - Just Why It Matters

Brain Injury and Blindness… what you need to know.

Can an injury to the brain result in blindness or a permanent vision impairment? What is the difference between a traumatic brain injury and an acquired brain injury? Is blindness caused by a brain injury necessarily the same as that linked to the health of the eye? Learn more by listening to this conversation with Occupational Therapist Donna Lindop. 

Ep 13: Making Education Accessible for Students with a Vision Impairment, Laura Hawkins - Just Why It Matters

Making Education Accessible for Students with a Vision Impairment. There are challenges, no doubt, but with the expanded knowledge in pedagogy developed particularly to meet the needs of people with vision impairment, opportunities for young children as well as those moving on to higher learning are becoming more accessible. Listen to Laura Hawkins, a psychologist, as she explains some of the challenges and break-through's in this field of education.

Ep 12: “No Broken Wings”, Georgie Beasley - Just Why It Matters

Georgie is a young woman who is beginning to spread her wings to take on life. She talks about overcoming the trials of blindness as she sets out to chase her dreams and what she is learning along the way. Leaving her family home in the country where she grew up, Georgie is not afraid to have big dreams and not afraid to learn how different life in Perth can be.

Ep 11: “Looking Back and Ahead”, Exclusive Interview with Dr. Clare Allen, CEO VisAbility - Just Why It Matters

In this interview with Dr. Allen she prepares to write the next chapter of her career after leading VisAbility for six years, she shares how she got started in her work in the disability sector, the lessons she has learned from people with disability, what she holds dear and why she will keep on doing what she feels called to. Join me in this exclusive interview.

Ep 10: Emmanuel Lee, Beyond Blindess - Just Why It Matters

Emmanuel Lee shares his journey of life which was interrupted, by the onset of blindness, but never halted. His story is characterised by a willingness to take on challenges and turn them into opportunities to develop new strengths which has led him to become a man of many talents.

Ep 9: What makes for a great work environment? Nilesh Makwana, CEO Illuminence - Just Why It Matters

What makes for a great work environment? A place where your ability and performance is considered as primary rather than a known disability. Nilesh shares his guiding  philosophy which informs his every decision concerning building a company which not only has a spirit of excellence but is founded on the high grounds of equal opportunity, co-creation and trust.

The Blind Argument - Episode 3 “Public Transport: Taxis vs Uber”

The Blind Argument is a debate-style podcast that discusses ‘hot’ topics that surround people living with disability, more specifically vision impairment and blindness.

Clinical Psychologist Davinia Lefroy and Youth Support Officer Ryan Honschooten debate these issues through their past and lived experience, and in doing so offer insights, education and understanding for people living with or without disability. One thing they both agree on is that there’s more than one ‘right’ way of doing things.

The Blind Argument - Episode 2 “Public Transport”

The Blind Argument is a debate-style podcast that discusses ‘hot’ topics that surround people living with disability, more specifically vision impairment and blindness.

Clinical Psychologist Davinia Lefroy and Youth Support Officer Ryan Honschooten debate these issues through their past and lived experience, and in doing so offer insights, education and understanding for people living with or without disability. One thing they both agree on is that there’s more than one ‘right’ way of doing things.

The Blind Argument - Episode 1 “Tough Love vs Nurturing”

The Blind Argument is a debate-style podcast that discusses ‘hot’ topics that surround people living with disability, more specifically vision impairment and blindness.

Clinical Psychologist Davinia Lefroy and Youth Support Officer Ryan Honschooten debate these issues through their past and lived experience, and in doing so offer insights, education and understanding for people living with or without disability. One thing they both agree on is that there’s more than one ‘right’ way of doing things.

Ep 3: Work - Live, Play, Work with AT Chat & VisAbility

Episode Three of the Live, Play, Work series is brought to you by AT Chat from the Independent Living Centre WA and VisAbility. This episode is called Work and focuses on how assistive technology (AT) can be an integral part of increasing productivity, communication and even getting to and from the workplace.

In this episode hear suggestions from expert assistive technology user Zel Iscel who was born blind and VisAbility Occupational Therapist Karen Titheridge. Hosted by AT Chat’s Danielle Loizou-Lake this engaging episode will give you ideas to become more efficient with your work.

Links to assistive technology mentioned in the episode:

Screen readers:

Jaws, NVDA

Screen magnification:

Zoom Text, Zoom Text Fusion

Humanware Screen Magnification range:

Desktop magnifier, Handheld magnifier, Digital Magnifier

Text to Speech apps:

Seeing AI App, KNFB Reader

Voice Over:

Voiceover Guide for IOS

Android Accessibility:

Android Talkback tips

Navigation Apps:

Google maps, Apple Maps, Blindquare, Moovit (Apple), Moovit (Google)

Headphone/headsets:

Bone conducting headphones (AfterShokz)

Braille Embosser:

Braille Note (Humanware), Braille Sense (HIMS)

Ep 2: Play - Live, Play, Work with AT Chat & VisAbility

Episode Two of the Live, Play, Work series is brought to you by AT Chat from the Independent Living Centre WA and VisAbility. This episode is called Play, and focuses on how assistive technology (AT) and community groups can help you to be active, involved in sport, competing, or just having fun.

In this episode hear suggestions and ideas from expert assistive technology user Zel Iscel who was born blind and VisAbility Occupational Therapist Karen Titheridge. Hosted by AT Chat’s Danielle Loizou-Lake this fun and light-hearted episode will give you ideas on how to be active this summer! 

Links to community groups mentioned in the show:

Swish with Blind Citizens WA

Tandem Bike Riding with the WATCAC

VisAbility Sport, Recreation and Leisure Program

Rockingham Running Group with Achilles Australia

No Lights, No Lycra

Links to assistive technology mentioned in the show:

Golf and lawn bowls AT

Tactile markers for treadmills

Pacer Pedometer Step Tracker App (Apple)

Fishability Fishing expeditions

AT tips on fishing (The Blind Captain)

Ep 1: Live - Live, Play, Work with AT Chat & VisAbility

Episode One of the Live, Work, Play series brought to you by AT Chat from the Independent Living Centre WA and VisAbility. This episode is called Live, and focuses on how you can host a party, evening drinks or barbeque at home. Listen to how assistive technology (AT) can make you the perfect host. 

In this episode, hear suggestions and ideas from expert assistive technology user Zel Iscel who was born blind and VisAbility Occupational Therapist Karen Titheridge. Hosted by AT Chat’s Danielle Loizou-Lake this fun and light-hearted episode will provide you with low cost AT insights, ways to use apps and how to entertain using AT. 

Links to assistive technology mentioned in the show:

PenFriend 2 Labeller

Sunbeam Bread Slicing Guide

Superlux Florescent Equipoise Lamp or Daylight triple Bright Lamp (both of these are clamp-on options) 

Bump-Ons Adhesive Indicators or Touch Dots (these are tactile markers for kitchen appliances)

Envision App: ELI 

Seeing AI App

Be My Eyes App

Tactile ruler

Tips for making cocktails

General Liquid Level

Braille board games

Ep 8: Making Apps Work for You, Justin James, Bankwest - Just Why It Matters

In episode 8 of Just Why It Matters, Justin James, Development Manager for Mobile Apps at Bankwest and Kenneth Phua discuss 'Making Apps Work for You'. The rise of smart devices saw our increased reliance on the use of apps and raises the question about the accessibility of this interface for people with a disability.  Listen to Justin James talk about this ever-growing tech space and why Bankwest is devoting energy to its development.

Ep 7: Binaural Sound, Vithya Vijayakumare - Just Why It Matters

In Episode 7 of Just Why It Matters, Vithya Vijayakumare shares how binaural sound can transport the listener to a distant place and offer a completely immersive sound experience (just like standing on a beach facing the ocean’s waves as they break on the shore).

Ep5: She’s Got the Look by Women On the Seen

Episode 5 of the Women on the Seen series is titled 'She's Got the Look Part 2'. You loved Part One of She's Got the Look. We talked about makeup to coordinating clothes, right down to styling your hair and discussed the many ways that women with vision impairment can use to fashion a look that works best for them. 

However we've had outcries of 'the look isn’t complete' until we’ve talked about shoes, handbags, nails and accessories. So listen as Sinead Quinn and Janet Pettigrew share tips on how a woman with vision-impairment completes the finished glamorous look!

Ep4: Money, Money, Money by Women On the Seen

Episode 4 of the Women on the Seen series is titled 'Money, money, money'. Does the notion of financial planning come across as unrealistic to you if your main income stream is a disability support pension or a part-time job?

Do you feel that making provisions for a secure financial future belongs only to women who hold full-time employment or who are sitting on piles of cash? Does the NDIS have any part in this equation? Get ideas to manage your finances better as Janet Pettigrew speaks with Katie McDonald and Christine Tinley about money, money, money.

Ep3: A Garden Good Enough to Eat by Women on the Seen

Episode 3 of the Women on the Seen series is titled 'A Garden Good Enough to Eat'. Janet Pettigrew speaks to Anita Seery, who makes her garden grow the most beautiful and nutritious plants. From growing plants outdoors to greens that frame your window sills, Anita has tips that can transform your experience of gardening.

Ep6: Home Safe Home, Sergeant Matthew Sharpe, WA Police - Just Why it Matters

The home should be the safe haven for anyone, perhaps even more so for a person living with a disability. Sargeant Matthew Sharp of the WA Police talks about the common mistakes we can make that compromise home security as well as the simple measures we can take to protect ourselves. Also learn how to deal with threatening situations which may occur outside the home.

Ep2: Don’t Let Rainy Days Keep You Down by Women On The Seen

Welcome to the second episode of Women On The Seen. This week's episode is called Don’t Let Rainy Days Keep You Down!

Every woman experiences bouts of anxiety or periods of feeling down but what is it like for women with a disability or vision impairment? How can you recognize these moments and more importantly what can you do to seek relief? Clinical psychologist, Davinia Lefroy and social worker at VisAbility, Marija Clark talk about these issues and suggest practical strategies on this episode.

If you have loved what you hear, let us know by sending a message to kenneth.phua@visability.com.au. Don't forget you can subscribe to VisAbility Radio On Demand on iTunes to stay up to date with our latest episodes.

Ep6: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

In this final episode, entitled All Your Questions Answered, we take on your questions including those about digital aids for the kitchen, robot guide dogs, self-monitoring health devices, apps for shoppers, gadgets supporting learning and more.   

Guests: Dr. Scott Hollier, Sinead Quinn

Ep1: She’s Got the Look by Women On the Seen

Welcome to the first episode of Women On The Seen. This week's episode is called She's Got the Look!

From makeup to coordinating clothes, right down to styling your hair there are many ways that women with vision impairment can use to fashion a look that works best for them. Listen to two women who have worked out their own systems and get tips which you can start using for yourself.

If you have loved what you hear, let us know by sending a message to kenneth.phua@visability.com.au. Don't forget you can subscribe to VisAbility Radio On Demand on iTunes and stay up to date with our latest episodes.

Ep5: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

Episode five of All Things Digital, All Things Accessible with expert Dr. Scott Hollier.

In episode five, Dr Scott discusses the international standards that can provide assurance of quality, compatibility and perhaps pricing of all things digital and accessible. Dr. Scott Hollier offers insights from the perspectives of one who is in a position of influence on the international front of the initiative.

Guest: Dr. Scott Hollier

Host: Kenneth Phua

Editor: Matthew Clark

Ep4: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

Episode four of All Things Digital, All Things Accessible with expert Dr. Scott Hollier.

In episode four Dr. Scott Hollier ventures further out by taking a look at what developments are going to benefit the person with a vision impairment. From augmented reality and ‘wearables’ to self-drive cars, these all seem to be within reach, but will it be that simple?

Guest: Dr. Scott Hollier

Host: Kenneth Phua

Editor: Matthew Clark

New Women’s Podcast - Women on the Seen - Coming Soon

VisAbility on Demand introduces a New Women's Podcast in April 2018

Beginning in April 2018, the all new Women's Podcast will deliver insight, inspiration and diverse perspectives from women in Western Australia living with disability. Covering careers, education, sport, technology, fashion and family life, this series will have conversations that connect with you. Be empowered to live your life the way you choose by following the journeys of women who are forging their own paths. Don’t miss it.

We're currently calling all ladies to join in the conversation on your very own program. Have an idea of a name that represents all of the above? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing kenneth.phua@visability.com.au.

Ep4: David Masters, Web Accessibility Camp 2018 - Just Why It Matters

Listen to host Kenneth Phua's exclusive chat with David Masters, Director of Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Australia and keynote speaker at the 2018 Web Accessibility Camp. In episode 3 of the series Just Why It Matters, David discusses AI, inclusive design and the future of accessibility.

Ep3: Davinia Lefroy - Just Why it Matters

Reality Check, Clinical psychologist, Davinia Lefroy is also legally blind and therefore she is perfectly qualified to talk about the role, the importance and the benefits of psychological therapy for people with disabilities. Listen as she explains and shares from the view point of an expert and from her lived experience.

Ep3: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

Episode three of All Things Digital, All Things Accessible with expert Dr. Scott Hollier.

This week Dr. Scott Hollier discusses the Internet of Things. The “Internet of Things” is making its presence felt but what is it, how will it benefit us and what will the future look like with the explosion of IOT capabilities? Dr. Scott Hollier unpacks these as we talk through the main issues of an IOT world.

Have a question, comment or query for Dr. Scott? Comment below or email us at kenneth.phua@visability.com.au, and he’ll get back to you in the final episode!

Guest: Dr. Scott Hollier

Host: Kenneth Phua

Editor: Matthew Clark

 

Ep2: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

Episode two of All Things Digital, All Things Accessible with expert Dr. Scott Hollier.

In the second instalment Dr. Scott Hollier chats about what’s important to know when it comes to internet security for a person who has low vision or who is blind. The conversation also addresses the question of privacy protection and the considerations we need to factor in when making decisions on accepting  the terms and conditions of a device or even a mobile app.

Have a question, comment or query for Dr. Scott? Comment below or email us at kenneth.phua@visability.com.au, and he’ll get back to you in the final episode!

Guest: Dr. Scott Hollier

Host: Kenneth Phua

Editor: Matthew Clark

Ep1: All Things Digital, All Things Accessible

Wondering what’s out there in the digital and tech space for people with disability? Listen now to episode one of All Things Digital, All Things Accessible! Ask expert Dr. Scott Hollier how you can benefit from home gadgets, safe internet use, digitally augmented reality visual devices, wearable technology, driverless vehicles and much more! All Things Digital, All Things Accessible is a new six-part series on VisAbility Radio on Demand. Stay tuned for more episodes.

In the first episode Dr scott Hollier gives us a broad view of what digital devices are and why it’s vital that accessibility should be part of the conversation. VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth and Dr Scott talk about what accessibility is and how it benefits people with vision impairments plus some of the common misconceptions surrounding this subject.

If you have a question for Dr Scott, send us it via email to kenneth.phua@visability.com.au and he will address it in our final episode 6.

Host: Kenneth Phua
Editor: Matthew Clark

Hiding Place - Talking Book Collection

Title: Hiding Place

Author: Dave Goddard

Narrator: Alan Needhan.

Genre: Australian Fiction

Note: Strong Language

Date Published: January 2017

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  • Daisy 2.02: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/131544
  • ePub3: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/131667

Summary: "Here's some pidgin, Mick," and Garrick spoke rapidly. "Who been dat pella? Where him been prom? You been subby him? Him been talk punny way, ay? Him been kardiya bloke."What?" Mick shook his head  quickly."I said, 'who is that man? Where is he from? Do you know him? Doesn't he talk in a strange way? He's a stranger in this place'." It's 2017. Mick Wilson's wife has taken off from Adelaide with a long-haul truck-driver and Mick's two little kids. In an attempt to find his family, Mick, a brick-layer and former top-level Australian Rules footballer, blindly heads for Alice Springs. In Central Australia, where many people go to hide from their past, Mick finds a different and challenging world. He stumbles into work on a remote cattle station, with an Aboriginal community close by. He also finds three very different women who shape his destiny. Racial tensions, tangled personal relationships, a mysterious mountain range and a struggling Aboriginal community and football team force Mick to become  part of a strange new world and way of being. Across a cultural divide, new understandings emerge in the most unlikely ways. Through it all, Mick searches and aches for his kids, but because of the people he comes to know, he's never alone.

The Wiluna Solution - Talking Book Collection

Title: The Wiluna Solution

Author: Dave Goddard

Narrator: Elwyn Edwards

Genre: Detective and Mystery fiction, Suspense fiction, Crime stories.

Date Published: August 2016

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  • Daisy 2.02: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/130815
  • ePub3: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/130818

Summary: Who is Jessie Croft? Why has she disappeared from Wiluna? What is the mystery behind the mesmerising eyes? In seeking answers, Kalgoorlie Detective Superintendent Greg Johnson finds himself in Wiluna in the 1930s, which threatens his way of life and the lives of his three daughters and grandchildren. He learns a great deal about Wiluna: its significance as a gold-mining and cattle centre, as the railhead for the Canning Stock Route, and as a site for competing Aboriginal and European histories And he comes to understand that love, and caring for people and justice, can transcend extraordinary boundaries.

A History of the Beanbag - Talking Book Collection

Title: A History of the Beanbag: and other stories
Author: Susan Midalia
Narrator: Tracey Parker & Jim Limerick
Genre: Short stories, Australian fiction.
Date published: October 2015

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• Daisy 2.02:http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/129253
• ePub3:http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/131960

Summary: "A History of the Beanbag and other stories" is the latest title in UWA Press' acclaimed "New Writing" series-This is a short story collection with a difference - a scenic tour of the surprises, secrets and fears lurking beneath the cracked veneer of domesticity and suburban complacency. With photographic precision, author Susan Midalia captures the fleeting beauty, light and darkness to be found in the ephemera of everyday life. Like the beanbag of the title, the stories are an invitation to settle yourself in for a reading experience by turns vivid, haunting, bizarre and strangely comforting.

Apple Core Wars - Talking Book Collection

Title: The Apple Core Wars

Author: Linda J Bettenay

Narrator: Elwyn Edwards.

Genre: War Stories, Historical Fiction, Australian Fiction

Date Published: May 2017

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  • Daisy 2.02: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/131424
  • ePub3: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/131925

Summary: From the fertile fruit growing Perth hills to a World War II prison camp - this is a saga of two men battling for survival. Entwined in the battle is hatred, then mateship as they fight for their

lives and compete for the heart of their one true love. ‘The Apple Core Wars’, Linda J Bettenay’s third book, tells the story of Jacky Bellamy, Charlie Parkin and the beautiful Stella Cerini. Jacky is a wild boy from Karragullen, Stella a nurse who defies convention and Charlie an outsider from the enemy territory of Roleystone and rival for Stella’s attention. The normal hurly-burly of their early lives is contrasted against the bleak backdrop of Camp Fukuoka 14 in Nagasaki, Japan. Despite the awkward love triangle, a surprising friendship emerges when Jacky and Charlie are thrown together as prisoners of war.

Their lives are further challenged by an atomic bomb and a shocking family secret. The war ends and those who survive return home to an uncertain future.

Ep2: Jonathan Mills, Best of JohnO - Just Why it Matters

Jonathan Mills, affectionately known as JohnO, shares his journey from the perspective of a man who loses his 20/20 vision as a young lad to his current positive outlook of life. JohnO works hard, plays hard and best of all, he’s a joy to be with. 

Secrets Mothers Keep - Talking Book Collection

Title: Secrets Mothers Keep
Author: Linda J Bettenay
Narrator: Jim Malcolm
Genre: Detective and Mystery mystery, Crime stories, Australian Fiction
Note: Sexual Content, Graphic Violence
Date Published: September 2016

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• Daisy 2.02: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/130157
• ePub3: http://visabilitylibrary.com.au/entry/130881

Summary: A brutal murder occurs on an isolated farm in the 1920's in Western Australia and the victim's wife and children are violently abused, scandalising the whole country. The killer has no apparent motivation but admits his guilt and the abused wife has to rebuild her shattered life. Secrets Mothers Keep traces how three lives are entwined. A young English boy with learning difficulties and the precursors of mental illness, learns to cope with his 'black moods' and poor social skills. He faces numerous challenges and finds support and strategies that enable him to survive. Finally an event makes him crack.

Wishes for Starlight - Talking Book Collection

Title: Wishes for Starlight
Author: Linda J Bettenay
Narrator: Jim Limerick.
Genre: Historical fiction, Australian fiction.
Note: Sexual Content, Graphic Content, Strong Language
Date Published: February 2016
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Summary: How does a deaf, orphaned, Noongar boy survive during the implementation of the draconian 1905 Aborigines Act? By having powerful and caring friends.' Starlight is born in 1889 in the thriving timber town of Canning Mills, Western Australia. He is discovered in a chicken coop living with dogs. The three white children who find him are remarkable: headstrong Mary who was born into a dysfunctional  family, the Italian immigrant Marco and fun loving Arthur. Gradually change arrives in their insulated lives; the friends confront reality - will their actions be enough to save those they love from harm?

Set largely in Western Australia, 'Wishes for Starlight' is a novel where friendship and loyalty are pitted against prejudice and disadvantage. It is a story about relationships, resilience and what equality and freedom really mean.

Advancing Vision by Louise Gray

In 2013 VisAbility celebrated 100 years of life-changing service to the Western Australian community.

Beginning as the Ladies Braille Society in 1913, VisAbility has grown to deliver services to Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired in every corner of the State. In 1977 the Society joined with Guide Dogs for the Blind, the original founder of Guide Dogs in Australia in the 1950s.
 
This is our story. 

Annual Review 2017

Listen here to the VisAbility Annual Review 2017 and enjoy the stories of the past year.

Professor Fred Chen, RANZCO 2017

Dr. Fred Chen, a clinician scientist of the Lion’s Eye Institute spoke to VisAbility Radio at the recent Royal Australia and New Zealand Opthalmology Congress about the latest work surrounding the prevention and treatment of blindness. Dr Chen is part of a global team of scientists whose research holds much promise for people living with blindness and low vision. Listen to his interview here!

Dr Angus Turner, Outback Visions

Our VisAbility Radio Host attended RANZCO 2017 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Kenneth Phua was lucky enough to find Dr Angus Turner, co-convener of the conference, with a spare moment to sit down and have a chat. Listen to the fascinating podcast now, as Dr Turner shares stories of his time on the Lions Eye Institute Outback Visions bus - as it travels huge stretches of Western Australian outback providing care for regional Aussies.

Ep1: Michael Pereira, Making the Case for Self Defense - Just Why it Matters

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua caught up with VisAbility's Community Activity Centre Coordinator, Michael Pereira to discuss the importance of Personal Safety. Have a listen now!

Ep0: Dr Scott Hollier, Giving Back - Just Why it Matters

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua chats to Dr Scot Hollier, Digital Access Specialist, on the topic of 'Giving Back'.

Dean Blanchard, Music Rocks Australia

The 2017 Abilities Expo's second session is in full swing! VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Dean Blanchard, Founder and Director of Music Rocks Australia to hear his story and the social and personal opportunity music provides to young people. Music Rocks Australia allows people of all abilities to engage and enjoy music, as well as develop their talent. Attendees of the Abilities Expo were lucky enough to enjoy two performances from Music Rocks Australia. Listen to Dean's interview now!

Jacqui Jones, Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre

While the 2017 Abilities Expo is under way, VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua managed to catch up with Jacqui Jones, Workplace Transition Coordinator from Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre. Jacqui assists middle school and high school students living with intellectual disabilities. The Middle school (Year 7,8,9) program assists the students in integrating with a whole range of mainstream classes, and the high school (Year 10,11,12 and 13) program focuses on getting them work-ready, acquiring skills to leave school and join the workforce. Hear in more detail, the fantastic work that Jacqui does in this podcast now!

Kate Keisler, Calm and Connected

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua interviews Kate Keisler, an Occupational Therapist and Director from Calm and Connected. Calm and Connected is an organisation that supports young people with anxiety, stress, social skills in the community, empowering them to engage with school, social events and the family. Have a listen now!

Jess Karlson, CEO Cahoots

Amongst the excitement of the Abilities Expo 2017, Kenneth Phua chats with Cahoots CEO, Jess Karlson. Previously known as Kids Camps, Cahoots evolved to meet the needs of children living with disability here in WA. Cahoots is all about fun and support, developing camps for children of all ages to foster life and social skills.

Frank Schaler, Life without Barriers

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Frank Schaler, Operations Manger of Life Without Barriers. Life Without Barriers started in 1995, supporting the needs of the Newcastle community. They also provide support for those people living with disability throught the Australian immigration system.