Check in and Chat with Vision Australia

Vision Australia has launched a new series of free webinars to help people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll be holding our Check in and Chat webinars via Zoom, a communications platform.

Zoom is both accessible and fully secure. You can join Zoom from your phone, computer or tablet device from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Check in and Chat Webinars will run for 30-40 minutes and each session will be hosted by Vision Australia experts. We’ll be covering a range of different topics, including technology, entertainment, health and wellbeing and more. View past webinars here.

Attendees will also be able to have their questions answered by our experts. You can ask questions in advance by calling 1300 84 74 66 or emailing checkinandchat@visionaustralia.org.

Check in and Chat webinars are free, but you will need to register to attend. You can find details of upcoming webinars below, or email checkinandchat@visionaustralia.org for more information.

Joining Check in and Chat webinars

You will need to book for each Check in and Chat webinar, by completing the online registration form.

Once you have booked, you’ll receive an email with a link to join via Zoom. To join, you just click the link at the time the webinar starts.

If you would like help to set up Zoom on your device or have technical issues relating to Zoom, you can contact the Vision Australia Assistive Technology Help Desk. This is a free service for Vision Australia clients. Call 1300 84 74 66 and ask for the AT Helpdesk, or email athelp@visionaustralia.org.

Here is more information on how to use Zoom with a screen-reader.

Upcoming Check in Chat webinars:

Tuesday, 9 June

Topic: Learning about yourself – tips from a famous actor and acting coach (11am, AEST)

Join famous actor, Andy McPhee who's starred in both international and Australian films and television series. Andy will explain how the creative process can be used to better understand yourself, and improve various areas of your life. Some of the topics that will be covered are outlined below:

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Acting tips to present well in various situations, such as giving speeches, attending job interviews and going on a date.
  • Allowing the creative process to teach you about what you’re capable of (for example, in relation to yourself and others).
  • Expanding your creative outlets, including poetry, improvisation and music.

Registration: registration for "Learning about yourself – Tips from a famous actor and acting coach" is now open.


Thursday, 11 June 2020

Topic: Giving yourself mental health first aid (2pm AEST)

Join Emily Purcell to discuss taking care of your mental health. Emily is an occupational therapist at Vision Australia and also has a psychology degree.

Some topics that will be covered include:

  • Identifying and systematically managing stressors in your daily routines
  • Building a buffer against stress with good sleep, diet and exercise
  • Other healthy habits to give you head space
  • Mindfulness exercises

Registration: registration for "Giving yourself mental health first aid" is now open.


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Topic: Taking your own road – be inspired by a multi-award-winning singer songwriter, to follow your passion! (11am AEST)

In this Check in and Chat session, be inspired by Robert Cini, a successful multi-award-winning singer songwriter. Robert has low vision, and will talk about his journey of changing careers to follow his passion.

Registration: registration for "Taking your own road" is now open.

Webinar ID: 931-6332-5525


Thursday, 18 June 2020

Topic: Studying like a pro (2pm AEST)

Hear from guest speaker Mellie Tantalos about how to ‘study like a pro.’ Mellie is a provisional psychologist, experienced in teaching study strategies to high school students nationally.

Some discussion areas will include: 

  • Time management
  • Memory
  • Goal-setting
  • Stress and well-being.

Registration: registration for "Studying like a pro" is now open.


Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Topic: Coding and gaming (11am AEST)

In this Check in and Chat online session, we will be talking about coding and gaming with David Woodbridge, Vision Australia’s National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor. Some topics that will be covered include:

  • Swift Playgrounds, Ballyland and Code Jumper
  • Programming robots and drones
  • XCode for Mac
  • Block based coding
  • Scripting JAWS.

Registration: registration for "Coding and gaming" is now open.


Thursday, 25 June 2020

Topic: Exercising in isolation (2pm AEST)

In this Check in and Chat online session, you will hear from Vision Australia's physiotherapist Christina Ovenden, about how to ‘exercise in isolation.’

Some areas that will be covered include the following:

  • Safety and risk management
  • Fun ideas for staying active
  • Exercise guidelines and recommendations.

Registration: registration for "Exercising in isolation" is now open.



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Topic: Latest adaptive technology discussed by HumanWare – developers of blindness and low vision devices (11am AEST)

Learn about the latest adaptive technology from HumanWare, who design and develop blindness and low vision devices. Their product managers will discuss how a range of their products can support you with tasks in your home, work or studies.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Reading using magnification, audio or braille
  • Note taking, writing and printing
  • Pairing mainstream and assistive devices

Registration: registration for "Latest adaptive technology discussed by HumanWare" is now open.

Webinar ID: 952 8121 8549 


Missed a Check in and Chat webinar?

All the Check in and Chat Webinars are recorded so if you have missed one, or want to watch one again, you can do this anytime. You can re-watch past webinars on demand here.