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Peak disability body Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) will usher in 2022 with a new CEO at the helm.  

Sally Aurisch, BCA’s former General Manager, Projects and Engagement has been chosen to lead the organisation starting late January.

Speaking to Sam Colley, host of Vision Australia Radio’s Talking Vision, Sally is excited to take up the role.

“I am certainly looking forward to it, but I am also aware that it is a huge responsibility,” she said.

“But I am surrounded by a great team.”

Sally is well versed with the disability sector and has lived experience herself.

“I was born legally blind and vision impaired,” she said.

“I do have some usable vision, but it's my condition fluctuates greatly, so some days I have not much more than light perception and other days I have a little bit here and there.”

The NDIS has been a huge focus of her career, travelling across Australia to offer webinars on the scheme and My Aged Care, eventually becoming a NSW State Coordinator.

An area of focus for Sally this year will be on advocating for fairer voting opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision.

“It's the opportunity to promote the need for an independent, secret and verifiable voting platform for all people, especially for us who have no vision or are vision impaired, who don't always have access to that, depending on which state or jurisdiction that we live in,” she said.

Listen to the full interview in the player below:

For more information on BCA, visit bca.org.au