People who are blind or have low vision rely on audio media such as radio to access the news and information so readily available to sighted people.
Owen from Albury is one of these people, and for him and countless others in his position services such as Vision Australia Radio are crucial.
Owen has found that Vision Australia Radio has a distinct advantage over other commercial or national broadcasters that present news and talkback programs, especially when it comes to the detail offered in their coverage.
“As someone who is blind I need to listen to the volunteer readers of the national papers on Vision Australia Radio in Albury because the newspaper articles are more complete,” Owen said.
Listening to these programs has enabled Owen to stay well informed and in the loop. Being across the different perspectives from the morning’s newspapers has also allowed him to pick up on details his friends might have missed.
One other aspect of great importance to listeners in regional areas is local newspapers being read, like - in Owen’s case - the Border Mail in Albury-Wodonga. This means that Owen keeps up to date with the latest news and stays connected with what is happening in his local community.
Vision Australia Radio makes a huge difference not only to people like Owen but also to countless others around Australia.
Our services reach beyond people who are blind or have low vision to those with a print disability - like dyslexia or arthritis - that would otherwise prevent them from accessing the news and information they need.
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