Board of Directors

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Julee-anne Bell
Managing Director

Julee-anne has been blind since birth as a result of Lebers Congenital Amaurosis.
She has forged a successful career as a vocal teacher, performer and public speaker with postgraduate qualifications in music. Julee-anne has chosen to pursue her passion for education through the forming of World Access For The Blind – Australia and hopes to bring the work of Daniel Kish and his team of instructors to as many blind Australians as possible. Julee-anne’s own training in Daniel’s methods and philosophies make her a great resource for clients and other interested parties as she is able to speak articulately and confidently about the life changing effects of Daniel’s work.

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Bruce Barklay
Board Chair

Bruce Barclay is CEO of The Barclay Group. He is a professional accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting from QIT (now QUT). He has worked primarily in the areas of business administration and management and IT systems relating thereto.

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Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish is the president of World Access for The Blind which was founded and is based in the United States of America. Daniel holds Master’s degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Special Education, emphasizing perceptual development, family dynamics, and children at risk. He also holds two national certifications in Orientation and Mobility, COMS and NOMC. Daniel is the first totally blind individual to obtain both certifications. He has maintained employment in this capacity since 1996 as an itinerant instructor for many school districts, rehabilitation agencies, and private persons throughout the world.
Though Daniel’s main expertise lies in developing all aspects of human perception in sighted as well as blind people, he is perhaps best known for his expertise in echolocation. In this area he has conducted pilot research, and has completed one of the most comprehensive literature reviews detailing the nature and utility of echolocation in blind humans. From this research, in-depth collaborations with noted scientists and perception experts, and over ten thousand hours experience with students of all types and cultures, Daniel created the first systematic, comprehensive echolocation curriculum for advanced training. So advanced are the results of this training that Daniel has coined the term “FlashSonar” to underscore the advantages to his specific approach to the advanced instruction and use of active echolocation in contrast to traditional approaches to echolocation, which he believes to be rudimentary by comparison. Daniel and some of his students have applied FlashSonar combined with other techniques to riding bicycles independently at moderate speeds through unfamiliar environments, and to participate effectively and independently in other complex activities such as skating, ball play, and solo wilderness travel. Through World Access for the Blind and its partners, Daniel is engaged in global efforts to share the advantages of perception based instruction and FlashSonar in the professional training and personal development of all blind people.

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Nicole Donaldson

Nicole Donaldson has taught in the field of vision impairment and blindness for twenty-one years. She has taught as both an Advisory Visiting Teacher and Special Education Unit Support Teacher in regional and city locations. Nicole is currently a senior teacher of children with vision impairment and children on the autistic spectrum at Centenary State High School. Her teaching is based on a philosophy of developmental learning to ensure students have a solid conceptual framework on which to build knowledge and independence.

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Greg Downey

A Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Greg conducts research on skill acquisition, sensory change and phenomenology, or the nature of experience across cultures. He is especially interested in sports and other forms of elite training, including the Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance, capoeira, rugby, and activities like free-diving.
He is author of Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford 2005), and co-editor with Daniel Lende of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012). Greg writes extensively on the weblog Neuroanthropology at the Public Library of Science, as well, which he founded with Lende.
His current research explores the rise of training in echolocation among the blind and the sensory activism of World Access for the Blind – Australia.

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Glenys Barklay

Glenys Barclay has an associate diploma in commercial studies and a certificate in business studies from QIT (now QUT).
Glenys has extensive experience in both the hospitality and retail sectors and brings valuable practical skills to our organisation.