Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind Awareness Week Begins - Learn about the history.

In 1984, American President Ronald Reagan announced that the last week of June would be dedicated to people with deafblindess and to celebrating the life of Helen Keller – famous author, lecturer, and advocate for people with disabilities. Read More...

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 17

We are living in a world shaped by change. In the last 20 years alone, advancements in technology have vastly revolutionised almost all aspects of our modern lives. For disability, this is only the beginning.

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about creating inclusive technologies that everyone can access. It started as an initiative for web developers to discuss and create accessible websites. The conversation is now a global reminder of how technology needs to be accessible by all.

Assistive technologies such as wheelchairs that can be moved with the touch of a finger, bionic eyes that can restore some vision to the profoundly blind, and 3D printing that can turn flat images into alternative art forms to be seen through touch, are just some examples of how tech changes the world for people with disabilities.

Our language must adapt too, especially so in the digital world. People With Disability Australia has a great list of terms for discussing disability inclusively. These up-to-date terms focus on the person, rather than the disability, and can help create a sense of empowerment and identity.

What else can you do to help? Tell as many people as you can about digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Try using only your keyboard to control your computer for an hour. Share this blog and encourage others to join in on the conversation. Think about how you can shape the digital world so that the future is a place all people can access.

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Forsight Australia new CEO

On behalf of the Board of Forsight Australia, I am pleased to report recent news regarding the Board’s search for an exceptional replacement for CEO Trish Wetton. Between September 2017 and April 2018, the Board undertook this demanding quest and over 150 applicants were considered. After many interviews the Board has appointed Danny Kapustin in the role.

Danny is an experienced executive in the not-for-profit sector and has most recently been the CEO of TAD (providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities) where he led the creation of a new strategic direction and transformation of its operations and marketing.

Danny has over 5 years experience on the Board of Allevia (a group home disability service provider) and has held senior roles with Lifestyle Solutions and Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) managing operations throughout NSW. Danny holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of NSW) which compliments his practical experience.

Danny has personal and professional experience with disability and understands the challenges that families face in ensuring their loved ones get the best supports available. He is passionate about the sector and is excited to be joining the Forsight Australia team.

Danny commences duties on 4 June 2018. Please welcome Danny to our Forsight Australia family.