Advocacy

Blind Citizens WA offers individual and systemic advocacy to people who are blind or vision impaired in Western Australia. We also encourage our members to advocate for themselves whenever possible.

Our members are involved with local, state and national committees to represent the needs of people who are blind or vision impaired.
These include:

  • Blind Citizens Australia National Policy Development Council
  • Perth Airport Access and Inclusion Group
  • Public Transport Authority (PTA Projects) and Transperth various Projects
  • Taxi and On Demand Transport (Ride Share transport)
  • Australian Network of Universal Housing Design (ANUHD)
  • Standards Australia – Australian Standard (draft) on Wayfinding
  • Disability Access and Inclusion Plans  – various state and local governments

Blind Citizens WA’s advocacy work has helped to create a more inclusive community and supported people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in community life. Blind Citizens WA’s efforts have included:

  • Advocating for accessible voting (every Australian citizen over 18 years expects to vote in a secret ballot at election time, but this has not been the case for people who are blind or vision impaired).
  • Advocating for audio-described theatre
  • Advocating for audio-described cinema and television.
  • Advocating for audio announcements on Perth trains
  • Advocating for Braille and tactile identification numbers to be placed on all WA taxis, for safer travel.

If you have difficulty accessing information, services or the built environment and need assistance to advocate for yourself and for others, please let us know.

Blind Citizens WA provides information that is up-to-date and relevant to our members and other Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

Accessible Information

Access to information is one of the biggest challenges facing people who are blind or vision impaired. Blind Citizens WA provides information to members in their preferred format, whether it be large print, Braille, audio or electronic (for example, via email). If you would like more information about how people who are blind or vision impaired access information, please let us know.

Blind Citizens WA on Facebook

Blind Citizens WA maintains a Facebook group. Over 100 members share information and events, as well as ask questions and offer peer support. Facebook users can visit BCWA on Facebook to learn more. New members are more than welcome.

@BlindCitizensWA on Twitter

Blind Citizens WA engages with people and organisations with an interest in blindness and vision impairment, disability and advocacy via our Twitter account @BlindCitizensWA.