Latest news https://www.visionaustralia.org/ en Talking Tech update: product previews https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/talking-tech-update-product-previews <span>Talking Tech update: product previews</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/04/2021 - 12:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">This week on <a href="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio">Talking Tech</a>, hosts Stephen Jolley and David Woodbridge delve into a few product reviews.</p> <p>David regularly reviews new technology from a blind and low vision perspective via his <a href="https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/">iSee blog</a>.</p> <p>From the latest smartphone to an air purifier, it’s a vast treasure trove of genuine reviews from someone who is completely blind.</p> <p>As David puts it, he reviews “interesting tech stuff I find useful”.</p> <p>Below are the two products David reviews in the latest Talking Tech episode.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio/talking-tech-3rd-august-2021/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin-bottom: 13px;"><a href="https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/es7427">Micro Speak Digital Recorder</a></h3> <p><img alt="The Micro-Speak Digital Recorder" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ca06b9d5-f433-4ac6-980e-6be6d4ec978e" height="305" src="/sites/default/files/2021-08/ES7427%20Micro-Speak%20Plus%20Digital%20Voice%20Recorder.png" width="305" loading="lazy" /></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $160AU</p> <p><strong>Product description:</strong> A portable digital voice recorder. Useful for taking quick notes, recording lectures etc. Easy playback feature and can hold up to 96 hours of audio.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" allowtransparency="true" data-name="pb-iframe-player" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.podbean.com/player-v2/?i=nsctw-1082a55-pb&amp;from=embed&amp;square=1&amp;share=1&amp;download=1&amp;skin=f6f6f6&amp;btn-skin=8bbb4e&amp;size=300" style="border: none; min-width: min(100%, 430px);" title="Demo of the Micro Speak Plus Digital Voice Recorder" width="100%"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin-bottom: 13px;"><strong><a href="https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/es7456">Aftershokz OpenComm Bone /Conduction headphones</a> (with Boom Mic)</strong></h3> <p style="margin-bottom:13px"><img alt="Aftershokz OpenComm Bone /Conduction head phones " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6c0c51a4-ceac-453d-91d8-bc898f866ff0" height="220" src="/sites/default/files/2021-08/ES7456%20%20AFTERSHOKZ%20OPENMOVE%20Wireless%20Bluetooth%20Headphones.png" width="305" loading="lazy" /></p> <p style="margin-bottom:13px"><strong>Cost:</strong> $129AU</p> <p style="margin-bottom:13px"><strong>Product description: </strong> Wireless headphones. Has an open-ear design with nothing in, on or over ears, to help maintain situational awareness.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" allowtransparency="true" data-name="pb-iframe-player" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.podbean.com/player-v2/?i=i4u7e-10a2e33-pb&amp;from=embed&amp;square=1&amp;share=1&amp;download=1&amp;skin=f6f6f6&amp;btn-skin=8bbb4e&amp;size=300" style="border: none; min-width: min(100%, 430px);" title="Demo of the AfterShokz OpenComm Bone Conduction head phones (with Boom Mic)." width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Hear more tech tips from a blind and low vision perspective every week on <a href="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio">Talking Tech</a>, Tuesday 4.30pm AEST or catch up with the podcast via Spotify, Omny, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts.</p> </div> Wed, 04 Aug 2021 02:56:50 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26611 at https://www.visionaustralia.org New titles hit the Vision Australia Library collection https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/2021-08-04/new-titles-hit-vision-australia-library-collection <span>New titles hit the Vision Australia Library collection</span> <span><span lang="" about="/samcolley" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sam.Colley</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/04/2021 - 11:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-top: 16px; margin-bottom: 16px;">The Vision Australia Library team have been working extra hard in recent months to upload over 1,900 new books to the collection, all of which are now available for loan.</p> <p>Titles include those suggested by library members and also a range of books from popular genres such as mystery, romance, biography and Australiana.</p> <p>In total the Vision Australia Library now carries over 45,000 titles, the biggest range of audio books of any public library in the country. &nbsp;</p> <p>We’ve included just some of the requested new titles below.</p> <p><strong>Not a member of the Vision Australia Library? Membership is free and available to anyone with a print disability. Find out more at the <a href="https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/library/join/online-library-membership-application">Vision Australia Library webpage</a> or call 1300 654 656.</strong></p> <h2>Latest reads from the Vision Australia Library</h2> <h3>Final Option</h3> <p>By Clive Cussler and <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Boyd%20Morrison">Boyd Morrison</a></p> <p>When the CIA realises the identities of three American spies in Brazil have been compromised, they turn to Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon to rescue the agents.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137060?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Gifts for our Time</h3> <p>By <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Anna%20Jacobs">Anna Jacobs</a></p> <p>Germany, 1939: Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her parents again. Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had. But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies and her money-grabbing niece turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4136973?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Unmasked</h3> <p>By Bryce Corbett&nbsp;and <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Turia%20Pitt">Turia Pitt</a></p> <p>With the benefit of hindsight and five years’ worth of getting of wisdom, Turia Pitt is only now able to account for how she prevailed where others might have faltered.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137004?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>The Good Fight</h3> <p>By <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Danielle%20Steel">Danielle Steel</a></p> <p>Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, this is the gripping chronicle of a young woman who discovers a passion for justice.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4158781?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Blue Moon</h3> <p>By <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Lee%20Child">Lee Child</a></p> <p>In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, are competing for control. But they hadn't counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4164145?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Khaki Town</h3> <p>By <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Judy%20Nunn">Judy Nunn</a></p> <p>It's March 1942 and Val Callahan, publican of The Brown's Hotel in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she's making from lonely, thirsty soldiers. Then one night a massive street fight leaves a black soldier lying dead in the street, and the situation explodes into violent confrontation.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4159319?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Where the Crawdads Sing</h3> <p>By <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search?author=Delia%20Owens">Delia Owens</a></p> <p>Abandoned at age ten, “Marsh Girl” has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home but yearns to be loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, she opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4159310?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Don’t see a title you love here? The Vision Australia Library will be promoting new content over the coming months through newsletters, social media and through its radio program <a href="https://radio.visionaustralia.org/podcast/podcast/hearthis">Hear This</a>.</strong></p> </div> Wed, 04 Aug 2021 01:37:32 +0000 Sam.Colley 26606 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Talking Vision preview: Completing the 2021 Census and accessibility https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/talking-vision-preview-completing-census <span>Talking Vision preview: Completing the 2021 Census and accessibility </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/03/2021 - 16:44</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">It’s census time.</p> <p>Every five years, Australians are asked to answer a few questions about their circumstances for the census.</p> <p>It’s an important part of telling the Australian story, and helps inform important services and support for people and communities right around Australia, including those who are blind or have low vision</p> <p>Before the 10 August 2021 <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/">Census night</a>, Talking Vision’s Stephen Jolley spoke with the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) project lead of customer service, Susan Clift, to discuss <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/accessibility-statement">accessibility options</a>.</p> <p>This year the census is available in <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility/blind-low-vision">large print</a>, <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility/blind-low-vision">audio</a> and <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility/blind-low-vision">braille</a>, and has gone through rigorous testing to make sure most screen readers will be compatible with the online version.</p> <p>“We’ve made it very accessible and we’ve taken a lot of feedback from 2016 and we’ve put a lot of things into our operation this year,” Susan said.</p> <p>Surprisingly in 2016, they only had six requests for braille, but in 2021, that has skyrocketed.</p> <p><img alt="ABS &quot;Support is available to help you complete your census. Visit www.census.abs.gov.au/help&quot;" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d32dcb2a-90bb-46d5-b409-e73fa7af1b3a" height="411" src="/sites/default/files/2021-08/RITM0066287%20-%20Census%20SMT%20for%20intermediaries12.jpg" width="411" loading="lazy" /></p> <p>Caption: ABS Census poster.</p> <p>“It’s about allowing people to do the census in a way that they are comfortable,” Susan said.</p> <p>The ABS is now urging anyone who needs braille assistance to call their Census Contact Centre on 1800 512 441. Please note, this has changed from the 24-hour automated paper form request service mentioned in the show.</p> <p>More changes in 2021 mean that if you don’t have your census number (which usually comes in the mail for each household) you can create one online that is password protected. That process means you can complete the census in stages, going back to it when you have time rather than having to submit everything in one go.</p> <p>“After 30 minutes of not using the computer, it will log you out, but you can come back in,” Susan said.</p> <p>The census should take about 20 minutes for one person online.</p> <p>For more information and accessibility guides for the 2021 Census, visit <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility">census.abs.gov.au/help/accessibility</a></p> <p><em>Talking Vision is a weekly discussion of issues relating to blindness and low vision. </em></p> <p><em>It includes stories of inspiration and achievement and information on services for the community. </em></p> <p><em>Tell us your story by emailing <a href="mailto:talkingvision@visionaustralia.org">talkingvision@visionaustralia.org</a></em></p> <p style="margin-bottom:13px"> </p> </div> Tue, 03 Aug 2021 06:44:16 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26601 at https://www.visionaustralia.org The troubles of leaving unhealthy relationships for people with low vision: Nothing's Off Limits podcast https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/2021-07-29/troubles-leaving-unhealthy-relationships-people-low-vision-nothings <span>The troubles of leaving unhealthy relationships for people with low vision: Nothing&#039;s Off Limits podcast</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/29/2021 - 16:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">Sarah Taylor vowed when she got married she would never become dependent on her husband due to her low vision.</p> <p>But when the relationship deteriorated a few years later, she found herself in a difficult situation.</p> <p>“I stayed longer than I probably should have because I did rely on my partner a lot for mobility,” Sarah says.</p> <p>Speaking to Vision Australia’s <a href="https://omny.fm/shows/nothing-s-off-limits/playlists/podcast">Nothing’s off Limits</a> podcast series, Sarah says with kids and a routine she was used to, any change seemed hard.</p> <p>But the fear exacerbated when she considered her vision limitations.</p> <p>Thankfully, reconnecting with the blind and low vision community made her realise she was not alone. Others had gone through similar situations and managed to cope. It was possible to live independently.</p> <p>Sarah Taylor now coordinates some of Vision Australia’s <a href="https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/groups/quality-living-groups">emotional support groups</a>, and coaches others on the changes in relationships that might come with vision loss.</p> <p>Relationship changes are the perfect opportunity to look inwards, and improve for yourself, not rely on others, she says.</p> <p>Listen to the full interview on Nothing’s Off Limits in the player below.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/nothing-s-off-limits/nothings-off-limits-healthy-and-unhealthy-relation/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Also featured in the episode is lawyer Natalie Wade from Equality Lawyers says it’s important for people with disabilities to be prepared for relationship breakdowns.</p> <p>“Some feel scared they will be reprimanded for taking a stand against a person’s behaviour,” she told Nothing’s Off Limits.</p> <p>“It’s really important for people to have a game plan if things do go bad.</p> <p>“Have at least one or two professional organisations you could ring for help like the police or NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.”</p> <p><em>Nothing’s Off Limits is a 10-episode series and aims to tackle life’s more awkward, embarrassing and uncomfortable topics from a blindness and low vision perspective.</em></p> <p><em>Episodes are available as podcasts from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visionaustralia.org/nolimits">Vision Australia website</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://varadio.podbean.com/">Podbean</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/5TL6URE4kkuNrbQWy2m5PP?si=iKlX8JssRLu7wLBRxSUzIg">Spotify</a>.</em></p> </div> Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:37:15 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26586 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Talking Vision preview: Bill Jolley on travelling internationally as a blind person https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/2021-07-28/talking-vision-preview-bill-jolley-travelling-internationally-blind <span>Talking Vision preview: Bill Jolley on travelling internationally as a blind person </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">Bill Jolley says trust in the people around him was enough to calm him down after being pulled over on the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border during a snowstorm.</p> <p>“There was confusion on whether we had the correct visas,” he says.</p> <p>“I just used the principle of we’ll follow the guy who is driving, he knows what he’s doing and it all got sorted out.”</p> <p>Blind since birth, Bill has been an avid world traveller. Speaking to Peter Greco on Talking Vision this week, Bill says following the customs and direction of locals can be very helpful.</p> <p><img alt="Bill Jolley" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="51ceb23a-5f89-4bc9-bacc-f78d7e34d517" height="328" src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/williamjolley.jpg" width="219" loading="lazy" /></p> <p><em>Photo caption: Bill Jolley</em></p> <p>“As a blind person in a country with a different language, you are doubly disadvantaged, no question about that.  You can’t pick up much from what’s being said and you can’t see of course, so you do need to trust implicitly,” he says. </p> <p>“If they say to you ‘the foods alright to eat’, well it’s alright to eat, if they say ‘don’t drink the water’, well don’t drink the water.”</p> <p>Recently Bill has been awarded an honorary life membership of the World Blind Union. An executive member of the Union representing the East Asia Pacific region for 13 years, Bill has travelled the world meeting other blind and low vision advocates.</p> <p><strong>Listen to the full interview in the player below:</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-vision-vision-australia-radio/talking-vision-edition-584-week-of-26th-july-2021/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Bill was also a founding member of Blind Citizens Australia and also served for eight years as treasurer of the International Council on English Braille. He is also a director of Vision Australia.</p> <p><em>Talking Vision is a weekly discussion of issues relating to blindness and low vision.</em></p> <p><em>It includes stories of inspiration and achievement and information on services for the community.</em></p> <p><em>Tell us your story by emailing <a href="mailto:talkingvision@visionaustralia.org">talkingvision@visionaustralia.org</a></em></p> <p style="margin-bottom:13px"> </p> </div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:04:30 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26581 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Talking Tech update: How to access Olympic games coverage https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/talking-tech-update-how-access-olympic-games-coverage <span>Talking Tech update: How to access Olympic games coverage</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/28/2021 - 15:58</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">While there is no official broadcast of the Olympics on Australian radio, the team at Talking Tech have some tips on how to tune in to the Olympics coverage for blind and low vision sports fans.</p> <p>In this week’s episode of Vision Australia Radio’s Talking Tech, hosts Steven Jolley and David Woodbridge walk through the options available.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio/talking-tech-27th-july-2021/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>“As always, there are a few little picky things here and there.  but The Tokyo Olympics website, 7 Plus (Channel 7’s online hub) and associated apps, are spectacularly useful for finding out what’s going on and what’s coming up,” David says.</p> <p>He has found that looking at the <a href="https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/">Tokyo Olympics website</a> and app for the scheduled events has been very useful. He then switches to <a href="https://7plus.com.au/olympics">7 Plus</a> through the app or website, which has been proved to be very easy to watch the different heats.</p> <p>Of course blind and low vision viewers are at the behest of the commentators for how well events are audio described.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bd28e7c9-8b2f-41b7-a090-f221f619f15f" height="403" src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/tokyo.png" width="667" loading="lazy" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Caption: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics logo.</em></p> <p>“Some of the sports are a little bit iffy on being audio described by the announcer, because they’re assuming you can watch it, but the one I’ve always found spectacular is the swimming,” David says.</p> <p>“They talk about the strokes and where the swimmers are.  They describe what’s happening in the lane and how they’re turning in the pool, so that’s really good.”</p> <p>Of course the Paralympics will follow the Olympics, and will be broadcast live on 7 Plus from 24 August to 5 September. Follow the Australian Paralympic team updates via the <a href="https://www.paralympic.org.au/tokyo2020/">Paralympics</a> <a href="https://www.paralympic.org.au/tokyo2020/">website</a>.</p> <p><em>Hear more tech tips from a blind and low vision perspective every week on <a href="https://radio.visionaustralia.org/podcasts/podcast/talkingtech">Talking Tech</a>, Tuesday 4.30pm AEST or catch up with the podcast via Spotify, Omny, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts.</em></p> </div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 05:58:49 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26576 at https://www.visionaustralia.org 2021 Census: Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/2021-08-03/2021-census-information-australian-bureau-statistics <span>2021 Census: Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.mccarroll</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/28/2021 - 15:03</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Census counts every person and household in Australia. The information collected in the Census helps inform important services and support for people and communities right around Australia. The data from the 2021 Census will be more important than ever. It will provide valuable insights into how the pandemic has changed life in Australia.</p> <p>Every person in Australia needs to be included in the Census, so that Census data is as accurate as possible. This includes visitors to Australia, international students and babies.</p> <h2>Accessibility</h2> <p>There are a number of ways to complete the Census or get Census materials.</p> <ul> <li>This year you can start your Census online with or without a Census number. From 24 July, the ‘Get a Census number’ option will be available on the <a href="https://www.census.abs.gov.au/">Census website</a>. This provides the option to start your form without needing to input your Census number from your instruction letter.</li> <li>The Census website and online form has been designed to support assistive technologies.</li> <li>Braille or large print forms can be requested&nbsp;from the Census Contact Centre by 1800 512 441</li> <li>Audio files and Auslan videos for all Census questions, and guidance on how to answer them, are available on the Censuss website.</li> <li>The National Relay Service, including video relays will be available to assist with calls (see <a href="https://www.subscribe.abs.gov.au/link/id/zzzz60fa472d2f8df293Pzzzz60a5fab73bfaa884/page.html">National Relay Service</a> for details on how to use the service).</li> <li>Assistance in languages other than English and Auslan is available through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please visit the Census website for more information about&nbsp;<a href="https://www.subscribe.abs.gov.au/link/id/zzzz60fa472d33998588Pzzzz60a5fab73bfaa884/page.html">support available</a>&nbsp;to complete the Census.</strong></p> </div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 05:03:22 +0000 phil.mccarroll 26571 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Get your James Patterson thrills from the Vision Australia Library https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/2021-07-26/get-your-james-patterson-thrills-vision-australia-library <span>Get your James Patterson thrills from the Vision Australia Library</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.mccarroll</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/26/2021 - 14:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-top: 16px; margin-bottom: 16px;">With over 230 million books sold, James Patterson is one of the world’s most popular and prolific writers.</p> <p>His books are considered ‘page turners’ and feature a strong emphasis on thriller plot-lines and identifiable archetypal characters.</p> <p>It goes without saying Patterson’s works are some of the most popular for Vision Australia Library members, who have been eagerly awaiting some of his new books in the catalogue.</p> <p>We’re thrilled to announce that a range of James Patterson books from the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and The Women’s Murder Club series are ready for you to download.</p> <p>We’ve included the new books below.</p> <p>Not a member of the Vision Australia Library? Membership is free and available to anyone with a print disability. Find out more at the <a href="https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/library/join">Vision Australia Library webpage</a> or call 1300 654 656</p> <h2>Alex Cross Series</h2> <h3>Criss Cross (Alex Cross #27)</h3> <p>Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137071?format=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search">DAISY</a>.</p> <h3>Target (Alex Cross #26)</h3> <p>Men and women from across the nation line the streets of Washington D.C. to mourn the unexpected death of the President. Hit by painful memories of the loss of his first wife, Alex Cross is left reeling by this tragedy.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://www.visionaustralia.org/login?src=donor&amp;dest=%2Flibrary%2Fdetail%2Fbook%2F4137082%3Fformat%3DDAISY_2_AUDIO%26previous-title%3DSearch">DAISY</a>.</p> <h2>Women’s Murder Club</h2> <h3>The 19th Christmas&nbsp;</h3> <p>Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as a criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women's Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/search#rm">DAISY</a>.</p> <h3>The 20th Victim</h3> <p>Simultaneous murders in LA, Chicago, and San Francisco, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's jurisdiction, and local reporter Cindy Thomas’s beat. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137076?format=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search">DAISY</a></p> <h2>Michael Bennett series</h2> <h3>Manhunt</h3> <p>Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. The television news called it “holiday terror”, Michael Bennett calls it personal. The hunt is on …</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137063?format=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search">DAISY</a>.</p> <h3>Ambush</h3> <p>An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down and, despite the, despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett.</p> <p>Available in <a href="file:///C:/Users/sglorie/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/4VS87VZO/=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search%20attackers’%20efforts,%20it’s%20not%20Michael%20Bennett">DAISY</a>.</p> <h3>Blindside&nbsp;</h3> <p>The mayor of New York’s daughter is in danger. Detective Michael Bennett’s son is in prison. The two adversaries strike a deal.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4137075?format=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search">DAISY</a>.</p> <h2>More new James Patterson titles</h2> <h3>Murder Games</h3> <p>Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior, literally. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene it looks like someone has been taking notes.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4136978?previous-title=Search">DAISY</a>.</p> <h3>The House of Kennedy&nbsp;</h3> <p>Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have occupied a unique place in the American imagination: charmed, cursed, at once familiar and unknowable.</p> <p>Available in <a href="https://my.visionaustralia.org/library/detail/book/4139158?format=DAISY_2_AUDIO&amp;previous-title=Search">DAISY</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 04:37:45 +0000 phil.mccarroll 26566 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Talking Tech update: iPhone battery life https://www.visionaustralia.org/news/talking-tech-iphone-battery <span>Talking Tech update: iPhone battery life</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/21/2021 - 16:46</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-top: 16px; margin-bottom: 16px;">Battery life in smartphones have come a long way.</p> <p>This has been especially welcomed by blind and low vision technology users, who can easily plough through their phone’s battery with the use of accessibility tools like Voiceover and magnification.</p> <p>On this week’s Talking Tech, hosts Stephen Jolly and David Woodbridge discussed battery life on smartphones, particularly on the iPhone.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio/talking-tech-20th-july-2021/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Normally the advice was to avoid constantly have your device charging because that would harm your battery’s life.</p> <p>Now, Apple has worked out a new way to salvage their phone’s batteries.</p> <p>“What happens with the iPhone is it gets to know your going to bed pattern when you put it on charge and your wake-up pattern when you take it off,” David said.</p> <p>“So what it does it ramps the charge down during the night to save a bit of battery up to 80 per cent, then normally about one hour before you get out of bed and normally take your phone off charge it ramps back up to 100 per cent.</p> <p>“So by the time you’re ready to go your phone is fully charged.”</p> <p>David also reviews the new MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 Series, which provides extra battery life to the phone.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2d522c80-6248-4cee-bb8d-5cc174b81d98" height="291" src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/Screen_Shot_2021_07_13_at_9.56.00_AM.0.jpg" width="437" loading="lazy" /></p> <p><em>Caption: The iPhone 12 with the new MagSafe battery pack. </em></p> <p> </p> <h2>Exploring Tech Webinar:</h2> <p>Next <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaXvW0Oydgw8MdzGYcAWnU9NntWuNN_C8">Exploring Tech</a> Webinar with David Woodbridge - Smart Speakers<br /> Date: Jul 28, 2021<br /> Time: 12.30pm  (AEST)<br /><a href="https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D6Hgjxf4SuO9hw2JRgpIWA">Register your interest.</a></p> <p><em>Hear more tech tips from a blind and low vision perspective every week on Talking Tech, Tuesday 4.30pm AEST or catch up with the podcast via Spotify, Omny, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts.</em></p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 06:46:15 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26536 at https://www.visionaustralia.org Talking Vision: Best ways for people who are blind to keep active in the cold https://www.visionaustralia.org/community/news/talking-vision-best-ways-people-who-are-blind-keep-active-cold <span>Talking Vision: Best ways for people who are blind to keep active in the cold</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/107156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Helen.Velissaris</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/21/2021 - 16:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:13px">When it’s freezing cold and dark outside, there’s always something better to do than exercise.</p> <p>This week on Vision Australia Radio’s weekly show Talking Vision, host Sam Colley delves into the world of blind and low vision fitness.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="https://omny.fm/shows/talking-vision-vision-australia-radio/talking-vision-edition-583-week-of-19th-july-2021/embed?style=cover" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Blind bodybuilder Jason Whiter says it’s understandable that people lose their motivation in winter.</p> <p>“We tend to want to sleep in more and rug up in bed earlier, so it leaves the active hours shorter than what they would normally be,” he told Talking Vision.</p> <p>Blind personal trainer and soccer referee Sebastian Petrovic said making the task less intimidating can work wonders.</p> <p>“Prepare the sports bag, water bottle etc. beforehand,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s always good to try something once and it could spark something.”</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="14f69e9a-01af-41aa-951d-49c16062fd38" height="119" src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/goalball.jpg" width="422" loading="lazy" /></p> <p><em>Caption: Two players block a ball during a <a href="https://www.paralympic.org.au/sports/goalball/">Goalball</a> game. </em></p> <p>Gyms are also a little more challenging for people who are blind or have low vision because they’re designed for sighted users.</p> <p>Jason said getting someone at the gym to teach you the layout of the workout floor will help immensely in staying safe and avoid tripping.</p> <p>Another good tip is just wear a hat.</p> <p>“It’s likely the equipment will hit the brim of the hat first then your head,” Jason said.</p> <h2>Tips to get active during the colder months:</h2> <ul><li>You don’t always need weights. Research exercises that use your own body weight</li> <li>Rug up. Try and make the weather a non-issue.</li> <li>Prepare your gym bag and outfit the day before. Some people even sleep in their gym clothes so it’s once less thing to prep for.</li> <li>Phone a friend. Exercise is always easier with a friend or in a group. Try walking with a friend as a start.</li> <li>Get active during a lunch break – set easy goals ie walk to the café to get lunch</li> <li>Focus on the mental health benefits (exercise isn’t just about aesthetics and fitness)</li> <li>Youtube tutorials. Find something you like, whether it’s yoga, cardio, or weights. There are dozens of creators who specialise in home workout routines.</li> </ul><p>There are also a variety of <a href="https://www.blindsports.org.au/sports">blind sports</a> and trial days throughout the year. Check what’s on in your state or territory by searching blind sports online.</p> <p><em>Talking Vision is a weekly discussion of issues relating to blindness and low vision. </em></p> <p><em>It includes stories of inspiration and achievement and information on services for the community. </em></p> <p><em>Tell us your story by emailing <a href="mailto:talkingvision@visionaustralia.org">talkingvision@visionaustralia.org</a></em></p> </div> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 06:34:03 +0000 Helen.Velissaris 26531 at https://www.visionaustralia.org