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people Prof Bromfield at the Australian Centre for Child Protection at UniSA. very conscious decision that I would claw back the me that I liked.” Prof Bromfield said while she experienced sadness and anger, she ultimately made the decision that she wouldn’t let her vision loss affect her quality of life. “I made the decision that I would hold on with my fingernails to my career, my family, and my sense of me,” said Prof Bromfield, who is “I was lucky that I had so many people who believed in me, so I believed in me, and I could make that very conscious decision that I would claw back the me that I liked.” married with two young children. “I think that lowered expectations for people with disability is a really subtle form of discrimination; it’s hard to name it because it’s often cloaked in kindness, but it’s something that comments. The app also converts documents to audio. I’m determined to battle against disability can be a lot about what and to really be a spokesperson for “Previously I used to handwrite you’re not, what you can’t do. I felt that message that if you’re getting my comments on documents, so one more of a burden, that I had less to out there and you’re doing it every of the benefits for my team is they no offer. I’m so fortunate I had support day with disability, then you are longer have to decipher my scrawly from my colleagues, and I regret that absolutely not less. handwriting!” she jokes. not having this kind of support is Prof Bromfield said her work – “It’s also not unreasonable to possibly part of what stops so many expect society to adapt in minor both at the Royal Commission in other people with disability from ways to make life a little easier for Canberra, where she was when she being the best they can be. people with disability so that we can lost her sight, and at the ACCP based “But not everyone I came across be contributing, fully-participating in Adelaide – was instrumental in her was excellent, and I certainly came citizens and do our part to make the mental recovery. across people with diminished community a better place.” “My team had a sense of me when I didn’t,” she said. “My Co-Director at ACCP, Prof Fiona Arney, said to me: ‘We need your brain; let’s just work out how we get the information into your brain so you can think about it, and then we’ll get the information out, and we’ll all work together as a team to do that’. “When I was focussed on what I 34 “I think culturally in our society, expectations, who assumed I would The Telstra Business Women’s stand in the corner to live out a Awards celebrate the achievements dreary diminished life. of extraordinary business women “This year our Centre, with and shine a light on women’s the Royal Society for the Blind, will achievements as business leaders. give them the opportunity to are open year round. Help recognise demonstrate their abilities. outstanding business women by For more information visit Nominations for the 2018 Telstra be offering work placements to dragonpro.com.au/assistive-technology Business Woman of the Year Awards people with vision impairment to Click on CONTACT US for email or call 1300 550 716 “I was lucky that I had so many nominating them (or yourself) today. wasn’t anymore, my team had that people who believed in me, so I www.telstrabusiness sense of what I could do. believed in me, and I could make that womensawards.com/nominate people linkonline.com.au