Following on from the success of the Aboriginal Blind Persons Gathering in June 2017, Blind Citizens Australia in conjunction with the First Peoples Disability Network are proud to announce the second forum to be held on 4 December 2019, this time online or on the phone.
The historic gathering in 2017 was the first of its kind in Australia and discussions commenced regarding the formation of an Aboriginal Blind Persons Network. Aboriginal blind people came together to share their experiences and highlight the issues that place unnecessary burdens on their daily lives. In sharing their personal stories, the Aboriginal blind people’s gathering raised a broad range of issues.
It was identified that opportunities are limited for those living in regional and remote areas, and so the chance to find out about what is available and what is possible are scarce.
Taking this into consideration and allowing more people to attend, the 2019 forum will be held online or you can dial in. Attendees, even those who live remotely, will be able to use a computer to click on a link or dial in on their phone, and listen to speakers and to tell us their story. Attendees can also arrange to gather in a group where a group leader will log in online or dial in so everybody can listen and speak.
The forum will last approximately 2 ½ hours and will incorporate three speakers who will speak through the life stages of blind Aboriginal people: children accessing early intervention and education; a young adult moving into further study or the work force; and an older adult who has experienced changes in their vision or is engaging with the NDIS or MAC Systems.
The forum will be held on 4 December 2019 starting at 12.30pm NSW time (12:00pm NT time). Attendees will need to register for the event. Please ring Blind Citizens Australia on 1800 033 660 or email [email protected] to register and receive the link and the phone number, or if you would like to set up a group. Alternatively please email [email protected] for more information.