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Talking About Seeing

Providing a resource that illustrates the wide range of ways blind and deaf-blind people experience the world in 2022.

Airing time: Mondays at 5pm

Blind Low Vision NZ Taranaki commissioned a project to provide a resource of recorded conversations that illustrate the wide range of ways blind and deaf-blind people experience the world in 2022.


This show is also archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library.


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Audio Described Gardens

Robin Martin (RNZ) shares some audio with us from the Audio Described Gardens for the visually impaired, which was part of the Garden Festival 2022. Then we hear from Lance, Halina, and Bev about how they found the tour, and the future of audio descriptions in the community.

Duration: 00:55:05 | Date: 5 December, 2022

Matthew and Tarryn & Collective Vision

Matthew tells Tarryn about living life one day at a time after his accident and setting up Collective Vision. After Louis serenades us, we meet Heath and have a laugh with Richard and Geoff while they describe their weekly gardening gig, clearing up, constructing raised beds and enriching lives.

Duration: 00:47:29 | Date: 28 November, 2022

Lance and Chrissie

Lance talks to Chrissie Cowan, chair of Access Alliance and CEO of Kapo Māori Aotearoa, which supports the needs of young and old, and their families and promotes indigenous rights. All are welcome, so in September 2023 you could attend their next conference in Queenstown when they celebrate 40 years of looking after Kapo people, their whanau and caregivers.

Duration: 00:46:08 | Date: 21 November, 2022

Lance and John

John Mulka introduces Lance to vision loss assistant dogs, another option for companionship, and explains how guide dogs are skill trained and socialised in the indoor mobility training centre and kennels. His challenges are matching the ever-increasing demands for technology training, striving for an all-encompassing society with powerful legislation and 100% government funding of core services to free up the charitable dollar for well-being services.

Duration: 1:09:59 | Date: 14 November, 2022

Richard, Gill and Narelle

Richard hears from Jill and Narelle how they collaborate with their very determined husbands, Aleister from episode 8 and Gene from episode 5. They love getting people equipment, organizing the annual bowls competition, and encouraging others to overcome their fear and find out what they can do.

Duration: 00:47:19 | Date: 7 November, 2022

Lynda and Richard

Lynda shares with Richard a few tears and her treasured memories of Torben, clever and witty, who loved to ride his bike, swim and boogie to Queen. Enrich your empathy and understanding as you follow her journey through grief supported by friends, other affected families, BLENNZ and an unforgettable Make-a-Wish trip to London with Torben and his brother.

Duration: 00:44:48 | Date: 31 October, 2022

Inglewood Crossing

Marie Pearce tells Lance about 25 years of getting the new raised pedestrian crossing over the highway taking 20,000 vehicles a day through Inglewood. Walk into nothingness with Graham, the swoosh of his cane and dustbin collisions, as Liz Quarrie helps him master getting to the other side. Jill Baldwin explains directional tiles, beep beeps and aligning with tactile indicators. Alan Stenner clears our way, identifying problems on-site and finding solutions.

Duration: 00:55:21 | Date: 24 October, 2022

Lance and Bonnie

Lance meets horse-crazy Bonnie Mosen, with the voice of a southern belle. She is devoted to Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school and she benefited from mainstream education, studying sociology, equine science, and later journalism, to help fill the gap in disability-focused reporting. Don’t be afraid to speak to us. We are not all the same and we just happen to do things differently.

Duration: 00:58:39 | Date: 17 October, 2022

Lance and Wendy

Wendy Lawrence helps Lance give us an audio description of Len Lye, way ahead of his time scratching film in time to jazz before exhibiting Trilogy at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, which now hosts much anticipated sensory art tours filling us in with details others seldom know.

Duration: 00:57:45 | Date: 10 October, 2022

Geoff and Halina

Halina and Geoff talk about being socially isolated at school and university, one knowing and the other not knowing why. We hear about effortlessly painting pure beauty, heartbeats synchronized with horses, having more fun with affordable taxis and we wrestle with banking issues and more.

Duration: 1:01:31 | Date: 3 October, 2022

Geoff, Lance, Graham and Andrea

Associate Professor Andrea Vincent describes how genetic testing is now available for the 280 retinal and 960 eye genes but is not always successful. The experiences of Lance, Graham and Geoff teach us about the complex genetics of glaucoma highlighting the need for early detection, antisense oligonucleotide trials, gene therapy, stem cell therapy and the power of genetic diagnosis.

Duration: 00:46:09 | Date: 26 September, 2022

Geoff and Jonathan Part 2

Jonathan elaborates on his advocacy work starting with the real costs of blindness being determined by money supply. Inspired by Greg Newbold Quest for Equity his home is with Blind Citizens NZ tackling everyday issues, such as audio announcements, e bikes and health needs. He ends by explaining how connectors will enable us to make meaningful choices.

Duration: 00:43:53 | Date: 19 September, 2022

Geoff and Jonathan Part 1

Jonathan Godfrey and Geoff explain how their brains in seeking input resort to overlaying the actual world with phantom visions. When not compromised by a blocked ear or blustery wind-washing away sound, Jonathan’s innate awareness creates a topological map of his surroundings. We learn about the precision of Braille R and tactile graphics including swell paper.

Duration: 00:45:31 | Date: 12 September, 2022