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Parent News




November 2008

Editorial

Even though it’s the start of a brand new year, it’s safe to sat that BCA is still recovering from a busy 2007 full of great advocacy outcomes and events. We had our National Convention which by all accounts, was one of our best (see page 11 for a summary of what went on), Robyn McKenzie has joined BCA as our new Executive Officer and in Victoria, two public transport forums were held. On top of that, we managed to continue our advocacy, had a successful federal electronic assisted voting trial and much more!


This year is also set to be a busy one, with the BCA National Office saying bon voyage to our current location and moving to Ross House – a more convenient CBD location. This edition, much like 2007, is packed with lots of information for you – news about the current activities of YBCV, a summary of our National Convention, a review of an accessible entertainment piece I was lucky enough to experience called ‘Dark’, fashion advice to keep you on track and lots of other tidbits to keep you entertained. Blind cricket and the Grand Prix also get a mention so if you get this magazine in hard copy look out for the brochures about how you can get involved!
Hope you enjoy this edition and remember that your comments, stories and feedback are always welcome!
Until the next edition,
Jessica Zammit

Editor

Contents




Editorial 2

Contents 3

What’s On 4

Madame Butterfly – audio described. State Theatre, Arts Centre, Melbourne. 4

An audio described session. Performed in Italian, Puccini’s famous opera sees East meets West and innocence meets experience, with tragic consequences. Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au 4

The Hypocrite – audio described. Arts Centre Playhouse Theatre. 4

Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au 4

Made to Be Held Exhibition 5

The Hypocrite – audio described. Arts Centre Playhouse Theatre. 5

This session has a tactile tour of the stage at 3:00pm, prior to the show which starts at 4:00pm. 5

Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au 5

YBCV – The Ins & Outs 7

BCA Developments 9

Family Connect 10

New Guide Dogs Vic programs 12

In My Own Words 14

Sport Mad 15

The Road to Beijing 15

Tech Savvy 19

German Scientists Develop Bionic Eye 19

Entertainment 24

Online Games 24

Perspective 26

A Life in Song - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 28

A Life in Song - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu” 28

Signing off 31

A new era of service delivery for young people 32

What’s On





7 Nov –

4 Jan

Myer Windows. This year’s display theme is ‘Santa’s Workshop’. Myer Melbourne is at 314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The Windows are open 7:30 am – 1:00 am everyday until the 4th of January.




22 Nov

Paralympic Talent Search Day – Hobart. Contact Tim Matthews tim.matthews@paralympic.org.au

22 Nov,

1:00 pm

Madame Butterfly – audio described. State Theatre, Arts Centre, Melbourne.




An audio described session. Performed in Italian, Puccini’s famous opera sees East meets West and innocence meets experience, with tragic consequences. Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au





25 Nov

6:30 pm

The Hypocrite – audio described. Arts Centre Playhouse Theatre.


Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au


27 – 29 Nov

Made to Be Held Exhibition


Vision Australia Geelong, in partnership with Sculptors Inco. Proudly presents theis annual tactile exhibition. This year’s theme is ‘Anything goes’.

Times:


  • Thursday 27 November 2008 from 12.00pm - 3.00pm (including the official opening from 12.30 - 1.30pm

  • Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November 2008 from 10.00am - 3.00pm

This exhibition is open to all people of all abilities.

Bookings for groups up to 10 people are essential. Please phone 1300 84 74 66 for further information.



29 Nov

3:00 pm

The Hypocrite – audio described. Arts Centre Playhouse Theatre.


This session has a tactile tour of the stage at 3:00pm, prior to the show which starts at 4:00pm.

Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497. Email: ease@artsaccess.com.au


29 Nov

Paralympic Talent Search Day – Bendigo. Contact Tim Matthews tim.matthews@paralympic.org.au

29 Nov

Paralympic Talent Search Day – Sydney Metro. Contact Tim Matthews tim.matthews@paralympic.org.au

Every 1st Sunday

of the month, 11:00am

Laughter Session at Federation Square
Join in a 30-minute laughter session at Fed Square, Every 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand, the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces and society. Contact Federation Square, Ph: 9655 1900.

24 Dec

Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight

This is a fantastic family tradition. If you can’t get tickets, don’t forget to watch it on Channel 9. For more information check out Vision Australia’s website; http://www.visionaustralia.org.au For information about tickets, contact ticketmaster, ph: 1300 136 166 or their website, www.ticketmaster.com.au



Jan - Mar

Zoo Twilights. Jazz performances and special zoo keeper talks at the Melbourne Zoo. Find more information at the Visit Victoria website: http://www.visitvictoria.com

Jan - Mar

Rhythm of Africa. Traditional and contemporary artists capture the energy and spirit of Africa at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

10 Jan,

2:00 pm

Wicked – audio described. Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
This is an audio described session. This musical is an alternative look at some of the famous characters from the Wizard of Oz, focusing on the unexpected friendships made by the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch during their schooldays.
Contact EASE Ticketing, Monday to Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm. Phone: 03 9699 8497.

Email: ease@artsaccess.com




Feb

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert Series. Australian soloists perform in free summer concerts at the relaxed parkland surrounds of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

31 Jan –

8 Feb

St. Kilda Festival. Free summer festival on the St. Kilda foreshore.

7-23 March

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. More than 140 food and wine themed events will be held at various venues in Melbourne and across Victoria.
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