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, May 12 2020

Topic: Loving what you do (Pursuing your passion) (NSW/VIC/TAS/QLD/ACT 11am, NT/SA 10.30am, WA 9am)

Join us to hear from inspirational Donna Dyson, about pursuing your passion. Donna is a globally distributed and award winning songwriter, and a Vision Australia ambassador.

Registration: Registration for "Loving what you do (Song writing and literacy)" is now open.


Thursday, May 14 2020

Topic: Making your life easier with mainstream and assistive gadgets (NSW/VIC/TAS/QLD/ACT 2pm, NT/SA 1.30PM, WA 12pm)

Hear from David Woodbridge, Vision Australia's National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor, about how to make life easier with mainstream and assistive gadgets.

Registration: Registration for "Making your life easier with mainstream and assistive gadgets" is now open.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Topic: Seeking employment in tough times (11am AEST)

Join Belinda Wilson, Vision Australia’s employment specialist, to discuss ‘seeking employment in tough times.’

Some topics that will be discussed are:

  • What opportunities are available right now?
  • Predicting trends in the job market
  • Building your skills for when the market recovers.

Registration: registration for "Seeking employment in tough times" is now open.


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Topic: Plugging into smart home technology (2pm AEST)

Join our live online session with Jim Pipczak, to hear about ‘plugging into smart home technology.’ Jim is Vision Australia’s Access Technology Service Development Lead, and some of the topics he will cover, include:

  • Voice assistants including Google Home and Alexa
  • Smart TVs including Samsung and Sony
  • Smart switches and bulbs. 

Registration: registration for "Plugging into smart home technology" is now open.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Topic: Staying safe online (11am AEST)

Join Vision Australia counsellor Vicky Contreras, to learn about staying safe online. Some topics that will be discussed are outlined below:

  • The internet (basics)
  • What kids are doing online
  • Keeping safe online no matter your age
  • Using the power of the internet for good

Registration: registration for "Staying safe online" is now open.


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Topic: Keeping your pets healthy and happy (2pm AEST)

In this live online session, Nicola Cotton will give us tips about how to keep our pets healthy and happy. Nicola oversees Vision Australia’s veterinary services, breeding program and puppy centre.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Assessing body condition and why it’s important
  • Weight management through diet and exercise
  • Life enrichment types and strategies – social, food, sent, sound.

Registration: registration for "Keeping your pets healthy and happy" is now open.


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Topic: Getting into fashion (11am AEST)

In this live online session, you will hear from Vision Australia’s Polly Goodwin and Vildana Praljak about all things fashion!

Some topics that will be covered:

  • What’s trending on Australian catwalks
  • How to figure out what looks good on you
  • Tips for shopping online
  • Blind and low vision friendly fashion resources and sites.

Registration: registration for "Getting into fashion" is now open.


Thursday, 4 June 2020

Topic: Learning online (2pm AEST)

In this Check in and Chat online session, hear from guest speaker Melissa Fanshawe, about learning online. Melissa is a university lecturer and a trained teacher for students who are blind or have low vision.

Some topics that will be covered:

  • Accessing materials and online environments
  • Getting set up with support and technology
  • Problem solving and advocating for your needs. 

Registration: registration for "Learning online" is now open.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Topic: Magnifying and lighting your tasks (11am AEST)

You will hear tips and strategies for magnifying and lighting your tasks. Our expert guest speaker is Tony Wu, who is an accredited orthoptist with expertise in low vision and adaptive technology for people with a vision impairment.

Some areas for discussion are:

  • Common vision discomforts and challenges
  • The role of orthoptists in helping you maximize your remaining vision
  • Tips to enable you to perform different tasks
  • Magnification and lighting solutions.

Registration: registration for "Magnifying and lighting your tasks" 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 to follow your passion and hear live music! (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. He will also share his tips and play live music on the day.

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


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.


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.