Talking Vision is Vision Australia Radio’s flagship program, discussing the latest news and issues from a blindness and low vision perspective.
This week Sam catches up with newly elected councillor for the City of Victor Harbor, Angela Schmidt.
Angela is the first councillor in South Australia who is blind or has low vision.
As a long term member of Victor Harbor’s disability access and inclusion committee she is eager to bring a range of new perspectives to the council.
She has witnessed a great deal of progress in the town regarding accessibility and safety, such as new tactile surfaces at major crossings and audible traffic lights, however she acknowledges there is still a way to go in not only Victor Harbor but other regional communities.
“We’ve done access, but we haven’t got inclusion into our communities as well as we could at the moment. That’s something I’m working on to make sure the culture of the town includes people with disability as well,” Angela said.
Angela has had a family history of involvement with local council but this wasn’t the only thing motivating her to put her hand up for the role as councillor in Victor Harbor.
“I think people with disabilities are underestimated and that’s partly why I’ve gone into council, to prove that even though I have a disability I’m quite capable of doing this particular job,” she said.
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