News is all the talk

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHEN Ivy Lyons was diagnosed with macular degeneration, she knew it would change her life.

The condition, which seriously affects her vision, means she cannot read writing that is too small or light ? which rules out her local paper.

But Mrs Lyons stays up to date with news in the Clarence Valley through her subscription to the Talking Daily Examiner, a free service provided by volunteers and Vision Australia, formerly the Royal Blind Society.

"I'd be lost without it," said Mrs Lyons, at the Talking Examiner Christmas luncheon on Wednesday.

"I can hear all the news I haven't heard on the television or the wireless. It's very good at keeping me updated."

The Talking Daily Examiner provides a weekly round-up of news, sports, entertainment and, perhaps most importantly, the local births, deaths and marriages notices.

"Each week I can't wait to get the tapes."

The Talking Daily Examiner began in 1991 and has 46 recipients, including one in Orange.

Volunteer co-ordinator Helen Wesslink encouraged carers and families of those with sight problems to sign up through Vi- sion Australia.



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