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Wrap Up: Blind Citizens Australia National Convention

In March 2019 ADCET was a proud sponsor of the Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) National Convention held in Hobart.  Also, one of ADCET's newest staff members, Jane Britt attended and has sent through thoughts and reflections on the Convention.

“You Can Do It Your Way!”: Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2019

By Jane Britt

Recently, 130 members of Blind Citizens Australia, industry professionals and volunteers gathered at the Old Woolstore, Hobart, Tasmania for an action-packed long weekend of discussion about the future of services, technology and advocacy in the low vision and blind sector in Australia. It was an invigorating, thought-provoking Convention filled to the brim with innovative pitches on technology and reflective discussion on low vision/blind service delivery and advocacy in Australia. Additionally, the Convention presented an excellent avenue for reconnecting with friends and networking with industry professionals. Every day ended with a dinner: A chance to debrief and network.

This Convention will be explored across two articles to cover each day of activities - Day 1 and Days 2 & 3 There is simply too much rich content for practitioners in the higher education space to learn about in relation to education to be condensed within one article. It is hoped the learning across this conference will provide advice and tips for assisting students practically with technology, interacting with and even referring students to outside service providers to augment their support from equity practitioners in learning environments.

Day 1. Friday, 29th April 2018

  • The Future of Audio Description in Australia
  • Effective Audio Description
  • Secondary Market for Audio Description
  • Barriers to Implementation of AD
  • Conclusions: Learning from Conference Applied to Education
  • Diverse Experiences of Blindness

Read more about day 1

Days 2 & 3. Saturday 30th March 2019 & Sunday 31st March 2019

  • Feature Speaker: Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

  • Keynote Address: Suman Kanuganti, CEO of AIRA Corp

  • Low Vision/Blindness Service Providers Update

  • Travelling with Vision Loss

Read more about days 2 & 3