Entries by Anne

Kellogg’s UK launches cereal boxes for blind and partially sighted

Kellogg’s UK launches cereal boxes for blind and partially sighted Source:      https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk Kellogg’s UK is to permanently add technology it believes is a world first to its cereal boxes to make them accessible to blind and partially sighted people. The new boxes will allow a smartphone to easily detect a unique on-pack code and play […]

Happy World Braille Day!

On January 4th we celebrate the achievements of Louis Braille, the remarkable Frenchman who created the Braille alphabet. Born on this day in 1809, Louis Braille was only a teenager when he began work on what would become one of the most important advancements in blind and vision impaired accessibility in the world. The History […]

New $50 Note

The new look $50 note will hit the streets on the 18th October 2018. It features Australia’s first published Aboriginal author and inventor, David Unaipon, and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan. Once again the $50 note has upgraded security and bumps to assist vision impaired people.    

New $10 Note

From Wednesday the 20th September 2017 the revamped $10 note comes into circulation. The $10 note features writers Banjo Paterson and Dame Mary Gilmore, has a clear strip down the middle of the bill and two small bumps so it can be easily identified by people who are vision impaired.

New 2019/2020 Entertainment Book

As part of our fundraising,  Queensland Blind Association Inc is selling the 2019/2020 Entertainment Book. Entertainment membership can be purchased either by book or an app for your smart phone.  Each book offers up to 50% off and 2-for-1 for many of the best restaurants, cafes, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much more. The brand […]

New $5 Note

The Reserve Bank of Australia  has revealed a new $5 note to be introduced from 1st September 2016.  With innovative new security features, the note has a colourful design of the Prickly Moses wattle and the Eastern Spinebill.  The new notes will also feature a new “tactile” feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between denominations.

Queensland Rail Text Messaging Service for Customers with Disabilities

If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment, Queensland Rail provides a 24/7 text messaging service should you require assistance or find yourself in an emergency situation. By sending an SMS to 0428 774 636, you can contact a Queensland Rail Passenger Service Officer to obtain train and platform assistance (including lift outages), station […]

Talking Taxi Meters

Taxi meters that ‘talk’ are becoming available in Australian cabs. Commuters will be able to ask taxi drivers to turn on the optional audio feature. The meters will announce the starting fare, the fare as it increases and the final amount.