Hi everyone and welcome to the very first BWA Blog- In-sight.

Our purpose is to provide a resource for Members and others, to share tips for living. In other words, what would you like to share about the way you overcome any barriers, which your vision impairment may present. Your tips may help others to approach an area of their life in a way, which makes a difference to their daily activities.

Some of our members have already provided us with pearls of wisdom and here are some of their suggestions. Here is the August 2019 edition.



For those who knit or would like to, have you tried having two different types of bowl (i.e size or shape) so that when finishing each row in a pattern, you can transfer a button from onw bowl to the other?  You can then count the buttons you have transferred and know when to   change to a different stitch type ( e.g. from several rows of Plain to Pearl etc.)


Those who enjoy sewing may benefit from a guard which is available to cover your machine needle and an OT Assessment could also identify other specific items which may help.


Our successful cooks tell me that it is important to explain to others that kitchen equipment should not be moved and that cooks should be wary of loose clothing etc. They also emphasised that clear concentration is necessary and long oven mitts are recommended to avoid hot splashes. Some have found that liquid level indicators are useful and apparently they are now available in models which can alert you to 2 levels (e.g. water and then milk)


The star device (recommended by one of our Peer Group Members) for this edition, is the Smart Vision Phone available from Pacific Vision. In addition to its “smart” screen and capabilities it has keys, which certainly help when you are being asked by a recording to press numbers to navigate their answer machine menu.

Humanware –

Well, that covers most of the tips for this publication but please see below some useful web-sites kindly provided by another of your Peers, who has passed on quite a few and I will include them and others as we go. Don’t forget you can let us know if you have any tips for future inclusion, by giving me a call on 8367 6088.


Ciao for now,

Member Services Officer,

Debra [/expander_maker]

You can download the edition by clicking on the link August 2019

For those who would like to listen, here is the audio version of the INSIGHT- August 2019

October 2019  ( Audio only)

Pikelets with Maree. Here is the audio of the INSIGHT-October 2019

December 2019

This edition of In-Sight is entitled “Tips for Successful Public Speaking”

Some of our members have recently been treated to a Public Speaking presentation by a professional trainer and here are some of the tips provided.

  1. Turn your fear into an opportunity by paying attention to your nerves and understand that the world needs different voices and yours is one of them.
  2. Let your body go back to balance. by focusing on your breath and relaxing your muscles
  3. Practice timing your talk
  4. Never read it out, but rather remember some important “dot points” and talk about them in a natural way
  5. Make use of pauses. It’s OK to take some time to let your audience or digest your message, or point.
  6. Speak clearly and modulate. This means check that your voice is interesting and not monotone. Let is rise and fall and vary the pace etc.
  7. Make sure your topic is something you feel passionate about and one that fits with your beliefs
  8. Be interesting and engaging and control any repetitive hand gestures
  9. It can be good to start with rhetorical question (e.g have you ever wondered about the quantity of plastic straws which finish up in the ocean?)
  10. Perhaps use a personal anecdote about the topic
  11. You can use a statistics or quotation (google is good for researching these)
  12. Humour can be engaging and entertaining, but only if your good at it, otherwise you might hear crickets
  13. Your concluding statement should be memorable. DON’T say THANKYOU. it is hackneyed. Perhaps say something like “So next time you go to use a plastic straw … DON’T!”

So the challenge is really to discover what you have to say and arrange and then arrange somewhere to say it.


Below are some links to websites people can purchase visual aids online: 

Vision Australia

 Royal Society for the Blind

 Independent Living Centre

 Human ware


 Pacific Vision International

 Queensland Blind Association

 Extra Vision

MD Foundation

Blind Citizens Australia