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Annual Review 2017

Listen here to the VisAbility Annual Review 2017 and enjoy the stories of the past year.

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Professor Fred Chen, RANZCO 2017

Dr. Fred Chen, a clinician scientist of the Lion’s Eye Institute spoke to VisAbility Radio at the recent Royal Australia and New Zealand Opthalmology Congress about the latest work surrounding the prevention and treatment of blindness. Dr Chen is part of a global team of scientists whose research holds much promise for people living with blindness and low vision. Listen to his interview here!

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Dr Angus Turner, Outback Visions

Our VisAbility Radio Host attended RANZCO 2017 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Kenneth Phua was lucky enough to find Dr Angus Turner, co-convener of the conference, with a spare moment to sit down and have a chat. Listen to the fascinating podcast now, as Dr Turner shares stories of his time on the Lions Eye Institute Outback Visions bus - as it travels huge stretches of Western Australian outback providing care for regional Aussies.

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Michael Pereira, Personal Safety

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua caught up with VisAbility's Community Activity Centre Coordinator, Michael Pereira to discuss the importance of Personal Safety. Have a listen now!

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Dr Scott Hollier, Giving Back

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua chats to Dr Scot Hollier, Digital Access Specialist, on the topic of 'Giving Back'.

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Dean Blanchard, Music Rocks Australia

The 2017 Abilities Expo's second session is in full swing! VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Dean Blanchard, Founder and Director of Music Rocks Australia to hear his story and the social and personal opportunity music provides to young people. Music Rocks Australia allows people of all abilities to engage and enjoy music, as well as develop their talent. Attendees of the Abilities Expo were lucky enough to enjoy two performances from Music Rocks Australia. Listen to Dean's interview now!

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Jacqui Jones, Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre

While the 2017 Abilities Expo is under way, VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua managed to catch up with Jacqui Jones, Workplace Transition Coordinator from Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre. Jacqui assists middle school and high school students living with intellectual disabilities. The Middle school (Year 7,8,9) program assists the students in integrating with a whole range of mainstream classes, and the high school (Year 10,11,12 and 13) program focuses on getting them work-ready, acquiring skills to leave school and join the workforce. Hear in more detail, the fantastic work that Jacqui does in this podcast now!

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Kate Keisler, Calm and Connected

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua interviews Kate Keisler, an Occupational Therapist and Director from Calm and Connected. Calm and Connected is an organisation that supports young people with anxiety, stress, social skills in the community, empowering them to engage with school, social events and the family. Have a listen now!

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Jess Karlson, CEO Cahoots

Amongst the excitement of the Abilities Expo 2017, Kenneth Phua chats with Cahoots CEO, Jess Karlson. Previously known as Kids Camps, Cahoots evolved to meet the needs of children living with disability here in WA. Cahoots is all about fun and support, developing camps for children of all ages to foster life and social skills.

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Frank Schaler, Life without Barriers

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Frank Schaler, Operations Manger of Life Without Barriers. Life Without Barriers started in 1995, supporting the needs of the Newcastle community. They also provide support for those people living with disability throught the Australian immigration system.

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