As part of our fundraising, Queensland Blind Association Inc is selling the 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 Entertainment Membership is available from the 27th March 2017. If you order your book before the 27th March 2017, you will receive 6 printed Early Bird offers or order a digital membership for you smart phone, these 6 offers will be loaded straight to your phone. That’s over $120 bonus value.
To order please click on the link below or call our office on ph 3848 8888.
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.
Queenslanders with disability have certainty about their futures and how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across the state, now that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed by the State and Federal Governments
The agreement paves the way for the scheme to roll out in Queensland from July this year, with more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability expected to benefit and around 13,000 jobs to be created by mid- 2019.
The Bilateral Agreement details the three-year rollout of the NDIS across the State, including:
July 2016 to June 2017:
- Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf
- Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
- Toowoomba and west to the borders;
July 2017 to June 2018:
- Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
- Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders, and
July 2018 to June 2019:
- Logan and Redlands
- Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
- Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River
- Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River
- Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
- Gold Coast and Hinterland
- Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture
- Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie
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 accessibility or timetable information, and seek help during an emergency. A Customer Service Officer will respond promptly to requests 24 hours a day, a days a week.
In an emergency or if you have a disability and require assistance, you can also contact Queensland Rail via the disability assistance and emergency help phone installed at all stations and in some car parks. By pressing the intercom button customers can directly access assistance. At many stations the console will be situated on the platform within the area covered by the hearing loop, and will have raised text, pictograms and Braille to assist people with a sensory impairment.
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.
The Australian Senate has supported a motion which could force television stations to introduce audio description services for blind and vision impaired.
myGov will be the only way to access your Centrelink online account in the near future. You will need to create a mygov account and link your Centrelink online account. Visit myGov and follow the prompts. For help creating a myGov account, linking Centrelink or recovering your username or password, visit myGov and select Need help? Or, call the myGov help desk on 13273 307 and select option 1.
Guide Dogs Qld has partnered with the Queensland Government to trial a new generation audible information system on the bus network. The Step-Hear ® system provides blind and vision impaired people with audible messages outlining bus station facilities, bus stop locations and details of which stop bus routes leave from. For further information call (07) 3500 9060.
If you are on Disability Support Pension / Disability Support Pension Blind and plan to travel overseas, the period you can receive your pension for will reduce from 6 weeks to 4 weeks in a 12 month period.
From 1 January 2015, if you are outside Australia for more that 4 weeks in a 12 month period your payment may stop.