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Aboriginal Blind Persons Forum

By September 22, 2020 No Comments

Blind Citizen’s Australia has worked with First Peoples Disability Network to host two Aboriginal Blind Persons Forums. First nations people who are blind or vision impaired from across Australia have attended. BCA is once again keen to connect members and others who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and are blind or vision impaired. We would love it if you could join us for some lively discussion and to catch up with one another. We welcome you, even if you’ve never attended before. Our sincere thanks to First Peoples Disability Network for working with us to support these events.
Please note: You do not need to be a BCA member to attend this event. This forum is only open to individuals. A report which details key outcomes from the event will be made available to BCA members and interested blindness sector organisations.

Date:
Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Time:
11.00am to 2pm AEST
Log in details:
• To join via your computer, tap this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87402382791
• To join using your smart phone, tap this link: +61871501149,,87402382791#
• To dial in using a landline phone, dial this number: +61 2 8015 6011, then enter the Meeting ID: 874 0238 2791

Topics for the day:
Sport
Sport is a great way to meet people, form new and lasting friendships, stay fit, healthy and active and improve mental health. It can also lead to new and exciting opportunities.
Two of Australia’s leading vision impaired Aboriginal athletes – Ricky Segura and Candice Kennedy – will speak about how sport has played a vital role in their lives at a critical time, as they dealt with the impact of degenerative eye conditions.
Following this, we discuss and identify pathways for people to access a variety of sport and recreation activities and we will hear from Blind Sports Australia CEO, Matt Clayton and other leaders in the industry.
Education
Studying opens up a world of opportunity and today the choices and support for people who are blind or vision impaired who want to study are wide ranging. Representatives from TAFE NSW Natalie Wilcock Manager, TAFE Digital, Aboriginal Education & Training Unit and Rebecca Murphy Team Leader, Aboriginal Student Support TAFE Digital Aboriginal Education & Training Unit. will speak about the pathways for First Nations People who are blind or vision impaired.
Also, hear from Stephen Belbin, an aboriginal man and director at BCA who works in the education sector and relays firsthand his experiences and journey as he built his career in education.
If you’d like to join in the meeting, you can set up a hub in a public location (if your state or territory public health orders permit) and invite others to join you. Otherwise, you can join from your computer, tablet, smart phone or land line
Social Activities
During the lunchbreak, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Program:
Programs will be provided in braille or large print upon registration (if you register before the 15th September 2020) or, be sent via email 1 week before the event.
11.00am – 11.05am Open the meeting and Acknowledgement Of Country
11.05am – 11.10am Welcome from Emma Bennison, BCA CEO
11.10am – 11.15am Welcome from First Peoples Disability Network
11.15am – 12.00pm Ricky Segura and Candice Kennedy tell their stories
12.00am – 12.30pm Pathways to sport Blind Sports Australia
12.30pm – 01.00pm Lunch break and meet and greet
01.00pm – 01.30pm Representatives from TAFE NSW Pathway to study
01.30pm – 02.00pm Stephen Belbin, a Birrigal man and his journey in education
02.00pm Farewell and recognitions

If you need any further information or assistance to connect with the forum, please call Blind Citizen’s Australia on free call, 1800 033 660 or email: bca@bca.org.au or web: www.bca.org.au