About

Blind Citizens WA Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for people who are blind or vision impaired in Western Australia. Blind Citizens WA is a peer led, peer support organisation where our members share peer support and advocate for a better future.

Blind Citizens WA is the public voice of Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired. We are proud to be a part of Blind Citizens Australia.

Our members share peer support and advocate for a better future.

Blind Citizens WA’s mission is to ensure that Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired have full participation in the community.

Membership

Blind Citizens WA has over 250 members and we welcome new members. Benefits of membership include:

  • Updates on the issues that matter most to people who are blind or vision impaired, including public transport, the introduction of the NDIS and WA NDIS, and new technology.
  • Opportunities to meet with other people who are blind or vision impaired to find solutions to common challenges and to share ideas, including meetings with guest speakers, our annual state forum, Christmas Party, Quiz Night and swish (blind table tennis)
  • Blind Citizens WA arranges Swish (blind table tennis) in Maylands.

For more information about becoming a member of Blind Citizens WA, please download our BCWA-Membership-Form

Executive Committee

As a member-driven not-for-profit, Blind Citizens WA has an Executive Committee elected by members at our Annual General Meeting. Our Executive Committee consists of –

Chairperson:  Zel Iscel
Deputy Chairperson: Simon Chong
Treasurer:  Lana Thompson
Secretary:  Gloria Worgan

Committee Members:
Sean McLaughlin
Dominique Boss

Admin and Advocacy officer:  Erika Webb
Accounting Services:   Isenia Kulesza

Governance

Blind Citizens WA uses the following Business Rules which were approved by the Dept of Commerce – Dept of Mines, Undsutry Regulations and Safety (DMIRS) in 2019 in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia).  These Business Rules replace our previous Constitution.  You can downlad the document below or request a copy for the Blind Citizens WA office.

Blind Citizens WA Business Rules 2019

Our History

Blind Citizens WA has represented people who are blind or vision impaired in Western Australia for over 50 years. Our very first employee, Josephine Nicholson, gave us the challenge of finding New Horizons for people who are blind or vision impaired – greater opportunities in employment and education, and greater participation in civic and community life.

Blind Citizens WA (formed in 1961) is a branch of Blind Citizens Australia (formed in 1975).

Funding

Blind Citizens WA relies on fundraising and donations to continue our work.

Blind Citizens WA is seeking sustainable funding sources.

A grant from Australian Federation Of Disability Organisations.
The Disability Australia Hub project builds the capacity and readiness of organisations and the community to deliver nationally consistent ILC activities. This project was for activities in 2018 and 2019.

An Australia Post Our Neighbourhood Community Grant supported Blind Citizens WA to extend our peer support network to people who are blind or vision impaired living in Mandurah in 2016 and 2017.

In 2015 and 2016, Blind Citizens WA received a small grant from People With Disabilities WA (PWdWA) through its Releasing Our Capacity project in 2015/16. The grant has allowed us to strengthen our peer support networks and to share information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Blind Citizens WA also received funding from Disability Services Commission to provide  individual and systemic advocacy until March 2016. Diagnostic-specific services such as ours are no longer funded to provide advocacy.

Much-needed computer and adaptive technology, including screen reading software, screen magnification software, and a Braille embosser, were purchased in 2014-2015 thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Lotterywest also supported Blind Citizens WA to stream content from the 2015 Blind Citizens Australia Convention to members unable to attend in person.

Blind Citizens WA gratefully acknowledges the support of Visability in providing meeting space and our auditors PKF Perth.