Victorian innovations at Vision Australia Texpo (6.09.2013)
Written on the 6 September 2013
I would like to acknowledge and commend the great work being done by our leading national provider of blindness and low vision services, Vision Australia at its recent 2013 Texpo. I had the pleasure of representing Minister Davis at the opening of this important annual event.
Texpo is organised by Vision Australia in Melbourne and it showcases the latest in products and services available to assist people who are blind or have low vision. Presentations on emerging trends in technology and demonstrations from Vision Australia’s key technology suppliers provided support for at least 1000 people who came through the doors during the two day event.
I particularly admired a small interactive media product exhibited by Melbourne business, Real Thing in Carlton and I congratulate CEO, Nick Howden and his team on its development.Real Thing has been working with RMIT University on this collaborative research and development technology project. The team realised there was potential for speech interactive technology and approached Vision Australia. What they have developed is world leading.
I congratulate all the exhibitors on their innovative use and adaption of technology to better support the blind and vision impaired. The range and scope in this area is expanding each year and the potential for innovation is unlimited.
With our growing and ageing population, the Coalition Government is working to keep Victorians as well as possible for as long as possible. Technology is allowing us to be more involved in our daily lives - despite disability - and Texpo 2013 is working with us to inspire the blind and the vision impaired to grow their health literacy, and to access information about lifestyle choices.
I would like to thank Vision Australia’s Independent Living Services General Manager, Glenda Alexander and Public Affairs Manager, Brandon Ah Tong-Pereira (pictured) and acknowledge the members and executive members of Vision Australia, volunteers and suppliers.