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Bernadette Lancefield

Bernadette LancefieldI'm blind and have a seeing-eye dog named Zora. I completed an arts degree at Monash University, majoring in English. I've also studied psychology and behavioural studies subjects. I've always enjoyed writing. I've had articles, short stories and poems published in magazines. Through writing for Divine, I hope to combine my passion for helping others, and my interest in psychology.

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Bronwyn massages her way to success

Bronwyn Davies is blind and has been running her own massage clinic for the past eight years. She set up a room at home as a clinic. She types up her client's case history on a laptop with screen reading software. Bronwyn has built a good rapport with a physiotherapy clinic and they refer most of her clients to her. Bronwyn says that being a masseuse is a rewarding career and encourages anyone interested in the field to go for it.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 18/07/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Riding develops ability

Riding Develops Ability (RDA) is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities to develop their horse riding skills. There are 37 centres, 1200 riders and 800 volunteers in Victoria. Horse riding can have many benefits such as strengthening muscles, improving posture and boosting self-esteem. Ann McCluskey has been involved with the RDA in Doveton for more than 20 years. She says riders, coaches and volunteers all benefit from RDA.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 23/05/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Earfilms

An Earfilm is a film that relies completely on audio and imagination. The audience is blindfolded. It uses 3D sound, a cinematic musical score and live storytelling and narration. An Earfilm will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre. To Sleep to Dream will play from 7 to 11 March.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 07/03/14 | Arts | Arts showcase

ComPilot

 

ComPilot is a small device that connects wireless hearing aids with Bluetooth technology. It hangs from a cord around your neck. I use it to help me hear the TV and my iPhone better. ComPilot has improved my experience of listening to TV. Not only is the volume louder but speech is easier to understand. I’ve also found ComPilot helpful when texting on my iPhone in public, as no one else can hear what I’m typing. I recommend ComPilot for anyone who wears wireless hearing aids and has trouble hearing the TV and their mobile phone.

 

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 25/02/14 | Tech talk | Assistive technologies

Sensory gardens

A sensory garden appeals to our five senses of touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste. In sensory gardens people with disabilities can interact with nature in a safe environment. Various plants are close to paths to invite visitors to touch petals, leaves and branches. There may be sunny and shady areas. Sounds in a garden may include water splashing from a fountain. I visited Vision Australia’s sensory garden in Melbourne. As I moved through the garden I enjoyed the various smells and feeling the different plants. I especially loved the yellow rose bush, the rosemary bush and the Kangaroo Paw.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 21/01/14 | Lifestyle | Home & garden

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