2023 Barry Jones Vision Oration speaker announcement

Image of Nas Campanella, with the Vision 2020 Australia logo and text 2023 Barry Jones Vision Oration

Now in it’s third year, the annual Barry Jones Vision Oration is an event to recognise an outstanding Australian who has worked tirelessly to either eliminate preventable blindness and vision loss as well as to ensure the full participation in society of people who are blind or have low vision. This year it is proudly presented by our principal supporter, The Fred Hollows Foundation.

We are thrilled to announce that this year the oration will be delivered by ABC Disability Affairs reporter, Nas Campanella.

Nas lost her sight when she was six months old and has a sensitivity condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth which means she can’t read Braille. Nas has supported young people with vision impairments to transition into mainstream schooling and also works as a mentor to people with disabilities and mental illness.

In 2022, Nas became a mother for the first time and this experience has empowered her to share her journey of preparing for motherhood when you also live with disability, including the supports and services available, the pregnancy journey and overcoming prejudice.

The oration will again be held virtually and live from 2pm on March 22. Following the oration will be a Q&A session with Nas. We encourage you to register to attend the oration as it will be streamed exclusively for those who attend live.

You can register to attend the 2023 Barry Jones Vision Oration for free here.