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Community Information Webinar

An annual event for people living with low vision or blindness and those who care for them 

This event is an opportunity for people in the vision impairment community to connect with each other, share experiences and get up-to-date information.

The 2021 webinar was held on Saturday 18 September 2021. 

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Nas Campanella is the disability affairs reporter for ABC. 

Nas started her career at the ABC as a cadet journalist in Sydney in 2011 before working as a regional reporter in Bega on the New South Wales far south coast. She then spent seven years working as a newsreader, reporter and senior producer for triple j and other ABC platforms.

Nas has also undertaken projects with ABC International Development, running initiatives for people living with disability across the Pacific.

Natalie Kaine will explore the LEAP program on employability and leadership.

Natalie is a senior practitioner for children and young people at Vision Australia where she has worked for almost 21 years as a paediatric occupational therapist.  

Her area of expertise is the development and delivery of services to children and adolescents with blindness and low vision, and their families. Her work has taken her across metropolitan, regional, remote and very remote areas of Australia. 

Natalie's specific area of interest is career education and employability preparations for children and young people with vision impairments, and this has led her to research the topic as a doctoral candidate with the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney.

This segment will detail the support services available to VI students attending TAFE, offering an overview of the assessment process and guidance provided by teaching consultants.  

The Education Panel will cover transitions from early childhood diagnosis through K-12.

Panel members include:

  • Paul Hartley, Location Lead and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
  • Claire Mahony, Specialist Teacher K-12 (Vision Impairment) at NextSense
  • Ana Radis: Early Learning Program Coordinator (Vision Impairment) at NextSense

This segment gives the audience a chance to chat with Paralympic Goalball team members, Amy Ridley and Brodie Smith and Paratriathlete, Jonathan Goerlach upon their return from the 2020 Tokyo games. 

This segment is presented by award-winning inclusive design consultant, Greg Alchin

Greg Alchin is a Inclusive Learning Technologies Consultant who provides professional advice, training and support, in the use of inbuilt accessibility software as well as specialised hardware and software. Greg assists people of all ages and all disability groups. Greg’s work has been recognised here in Australia as well as overseas for well over a decade.

This segment will offer insight into pursuing a passion in music, presented by Ria Andriani. Ria is a Sydney-based braille specialist, music writer and musician.

This segment is an opportunity to chat with SSI researchers about new and upcoming projects. Please remember to submit a question for our researchers upon registration!

Resource Materials

You can find capacity building resources and ideas for employment here:

Personalising devices

All major devices have inbuilt accessibility features you can personalise to suit your needs. These features allow anyone to make the most of the accessible content and apps they are using. To learn more about the inbuilt features of your devices check out these links.

Personalising core apps

Apple

Microsoft

  • Dictate in Office 365. Dictation lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Office with a microphone and reliable internet connection. You can use this feature to create documents, email messages, presentations and slide notes
  • Listen to your Word documents with Read Aloud. (Easy on your eyes and great for proofing!)
  • Use Immersive Reader for distraction-free personalised reading. It will improve your speed and comprehension. (Available in Word, OneNote, Teams, Outlook and much more)
  • Accessibility features in Teams​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Google / Chromebook Accessibility

Create Inclusive Content

Microsoft's step-by-step instructions 

Word documents accessible

Microsoft's 365 accessibility training

Community Sites

  • AppleVis is a community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

MacGyver /DIY