Blind support group plan to throw a snag on the barbie
MEMBERS of the blind community on the Tweed who enjoy a snag on the barbie should get down to Jack Evan boat harbour on April 30.
Blind Citizens Australia Tweed Heads branch is throwing a free barbeque for all blind people and their families from the area.
Suzy Hudson, the president of the Tweed branch, talked to the My Daily News about the importance of the upcoming social gathering.
"We as a group meet on the last day of the month, but this barbeque is different in that it is designed to get more vision impaired people aware of our organisation, and the services we can provide to them," Mrs Hudson said.
Mrs Hudson and the team at the Tweed branch are launching a scheme called Recycled Adaptive Technology.
This idea will see equipment become available to those who need it on the Tweed and surrounds.
"Vision impaired people have constantly changing needs when it comes to equipment, what may work one month can become useless to the user the following month," said Mrs Hudson.
This turnover of equipment makes it difficult and expensive for the vision impaired to have the treatment or hardware they need regularly.
The society is at the moment sourcing some CCTV sets for use in the area.
Until he found the Blind Citizens Australian organisation Tweed man Dean Bila was not aware of what he was entitled to or able to access as a blind person.
"The organization has helped me to find out what can be accessed and it is a great way to talk to other vision impaired people about anything in general, Young people suffering a vision impairment should come down and say hi," said Mr Bila.
Get down to the ANZAC precinct at Jack Evans on the day between 10:30am and 12pm and say hello to Dean and other members of the blind community.
The organisation also holds meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club for those wanting to attend.