Master of Ceremonies 'That Blind Woman' Julie Woods

A woman with short blonde hair (Julie), wears a magenta pink scarf, and a black tshirt with a logo in magenta across the front that reads 'that blind woman' with a bright pink flower to the left. Julie smiles warmly at the camera.

About Julie

Known as 'that blind woman', Julie Woods is a professional speaker, author, advocate and coach who responded to going blind by saying “why not” to opportunities that came her way.

Since going blind in 1997 she’s walked ten half marathons, walked every street in Dunedin, travelled to 50 countries by the time she was 50, visited the Seven Wonders of the World and written three books.  Her latest achievement has been to create The Accessibility Game that kicks barriers to touch and sends ableism to the Sin Bin.

Julie has spoken to thousands of people all over the country and around the world. Her career as an MC can probably be best described by those in the audience: “This is the best start to a conference I have ever been to!” and  you were the heart and lusty soul of the Arts Access Awards.”

Julie is a big fan of the work of the NZDEN and she looks forward to meeting you all at this year’s conference. She also wants us to remind you of her dream to write 1 million names in Braille as she’ll be accompanied by her slate and stylus so when you bump into Julie at conference don’t forget to ask her to write your name in Braille. She’ll be sure to say “why not!”

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