See Through My Eyes began as a humble, anonymous blog in 2010 when Founder, Chrissy Antonopoulos, was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease - a degenerative eye condition that would ultimately result in blindness. Unable to find any forums for people of her own age with vision impairments (most being geared towards children or the elderly), she used her blog as a platform to express her feelings about her condition and to connect with other young adults around the world who shared a similar experience. She also used her knowledge of science to navigate through the research being conducted and sharing this in a way others could easily understand.
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In 2015, after numerous frustrating and disabling experiences with universities and workplaces, Chrissy decided more needed to be done to empower and encourage people who are blind and vision impaired to fulfill their dreams and achieve their goals. In her own words, “despite having a vision impairment, we can still reach our goals. We may have to take a different path to get there, but we will always succeed.”
Board of Directors
Chrissy Antonopoulos – B.AppSci(HIM) GradDipClinT(R) GDP
Chrissy is the founder of See Through My Eyes. She brings her personal experience along with a wealth of knowledge of the health industry. She has completed two degrees from the University of Sydney in Applied Science and Clinical Trials Research as well as a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced at Monash University, completing her thesis on anxiety, depression and coping styles in people who are vision impaired or blind. Chrissy has also completed a Diploma of Counselling and has been employed in various public and private hospitals and community organisations. She currently works as an Academic teaching biosciences and social sciences.
Jamie-Lynne Antonopoulos - DipLaw JP
Jamie completed her Diploma of Law through the Legal Professions Admission Board and the University of Sydney. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015. Jamie has been working in the legal profession as a paralegal for more than eight years and now practices as a Solicitor in the areas of Family Law, Civil Litigation and Property. Jamie is also a Justice of the Peace.
Penny Antonopoulos – BA AssocDegHlthSc M.HumServMgt&Pol
Penny has worked in health and community care for over 15 years, currently as Manager of Disability & Mental Health Programs for a Not for Profit Organisation. Penny's qualifications include Bachelor of Arts Degree (University of Sydney) Associate Degree in Health Science and Master of Human Service Management & Policy (Charles Sturt University). Penny has experience in program development, implementation, delivery and evaluation. She has a wealth of experience in community development and has played a key role in the development of service partnerships and capacity building projects in the South East Sydney region.
A/Prof Matthew Links - MBBS PhD FRACP
Matthew is a medical oncologist, researcher and educator who works at St George and Sutherland Hospitals. He has leadership positions in lung cancer treatment, continuing professional development for physicians and educational outreach from oncology in Australia to South East Asia.
Chris Waller - BA
Chris began his career in hospitality and spent a year in Japan as an International Trainee. He returned to Australia and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Japanese. He combined teaching and adult training. Chris then worked at the Royal Blind Society, now Vision Australia, as a trainer and Adaptive Technology Consultant for 14 years conducting several thousand adaptive technology assessments. In 2013 Chris established his consulting business to deliver independent workplace assessments specialising in vision impairments.
Dr. Nikki Wedgwood – BA(Hons) PhD
Nikki is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. A sociologist with a passion for social justice, her research interests include gender, embodiment, sport, disability and life history research. Her current research explores how young people with disabilities meet the developmental challenges of adolescence and emerging adulthood, including the consolidation of identity, peer acceptance and increasing autonomy from family.