Belinda O'Connor founded the Bioptic Drivers Australia (BDA) in 2017.
Belinda commenced her bioptic driving journey in 2014 when she discovered through a Facebook group of her eye sight condition that people all around the world and in Australia have been driving using biopics for over three decades. Belinda could not believe that all this time she has been denied a human right to by assessed as a candidate for bioptic driving and could have had her licence as a teenager with her peers instead of in her forties.
After researching the Australian landscape she made contact with persons knowledgable about biopics for driving and discovered the situation surrounding its state of play for formalisation. As a career public servant with experience in policy development and implementation, Belinda uses her skills, knowledge and networks to set BDA's strategic direction in consultation with a multi-discinplary team of Friends of BDA.
If you are a potential or current bioptic driver and require advocacy support on this matter please contact Belinda.
Belinda is available as a presenter on the lived experience of the bioptic driving journey.