Image description: pink and blue banner with text that states 'Celebrating Student Success. Audio Ability: Essential skills, accessible training'. in a circular frame there is a photo of AAP Participant Sirani with deaf interpreter to her left and CEO of Expression Australia to her right.

The second cohort of the Audio Ability Project has graduated from the course. This year, 23 students finished the course with support from 18 mentors. 

Participants were trained in skills that are essential to have as a community broadcaster including planning a broadcast, presentation skills, and promoting a radio show. 

The final major work for the students was to create an audio feature about a topic of their choosing. These audio features were mixed with vox pops from the mentors and published on our website to celebrate International Day of People With Disability. Listen to the audio feature here. 

Throughout the program, students showed dedication and enthusiasm for community broadcasting. Read on to learn more about some of our graduates. 

 

Veronika

'It was amazing to tap on the resources and experience of my mentor Jarad. Audio Ability has opened the door for me to being part of a community.'

Although she was a long time listener of community radio, Veronika had no prior experience in community radio before the Audio Ability Project. Now she has recently completed her volunteering/station worker induction at Radio Adelaide. 

Additionally Veronika joined the CMTO team at the CBAA conference to speak about her experience with the Audio Ability program, and also shared ger insights in the CBAA and CMTO Webinar: ‘Breaking barriers in community media through collaborative training and mentoring’

ID: An image of Veronika in the radio booth. She is wearing headphones and smiling at the camera as she speaks into a microphone and moves the dials on the switchboard.
ID: An image of Veronika in the radio booth. She is wearing headphones and smiling at the camera as she speaks into a microphone and moves the dials on the switchboard.

Sirani

Sirani did not have experience with radio prior to the Audio Ability program. Through the program she gained skills in broadcasting and interviewing. Sirani then went on to interview the CEO of Expression Australia using a deaf interpreter.

ID: An image of Sirani speaking into a microphone in a radio booth. She is wearing glasses, a pink and purple scarf and a black puffer jacket.
ID: An image of Sirani speaking into a microphone in a radio booth. She is wearing glasses, a pink and purple scarf and a black puffer jacket.

Sam

Sam has completed the Audio Ability program and is currently working towards being a broadcaster. Sam wants to help others by being an advocate for young people who live with a disability. 'I want to help spread awareness and encourage others to not be defined by their disabilities. The media is a very large-scale way to do that.’

Sam’s experience with broadcasting and the Audio Ability program was featured in an NDIS webstory earlier this year. 

 

CMTO wishes the Audio Ability participants all the best for their future endeavours in community radio and broadcasting.

If you would like to register your interest to partake in the Audio Ability Program, or have questions, contact audioability@cmto.org.au

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