Geoffrey Cooper - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Digital opportunities to support vision impaired Queenslanders

Located in Brisbane

Geoffrey Cooper had a lengthy career in human services, but his career development was interrupted due to losing a significant amount of sight. Working through these challenges has given him a new focus: helping people with disability by empowering them to embrace the digital world.

Based in Brighton, Geoff works for Vision Australia in Queensland as a career visions coordinator and Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group as a support worker/life coach. On a volunteer basis, he coordinates the Better Vision Network, which is an online community by and for people who are vision impaired and co-convenes the Brisbane Local Support Group with Queenslanders with Disability Network

In both his volunteer and paid roles, Geoffrey is passionate about finding ways to increase people’s digital literacy and confidence so they can actively participate in their communities. He achieves this by:

  • administering the Better Vision Network Facebook page
  • informing and assisting people with disability to access online support groups, essential day-to-day services and new networks
  • participating actively in the Queenslanders with Disability Network Facebook page and closed group
  • advocating the provision and use of accessible technology
  • actively working with clients to navigate digital solutions that will assist their pathway to employment
  • delivering workshops to show people how to access online information about the best deals to reduce their energy costs and other costs of living
  • Investigating and promoting the use of digital tools to assist people with disability to self-manage future National Disability Insurance Scheme funding.

Since losing part of his vision, Geoffrey completed a Diploma of Counselling to complement his existing Bachelor of Social Science. He plans to develop an online counselling and coaching business, offering free initial counselling to people with low vision and no vision, while continuing his community activities.

As a digital champion, Geoffrey will continue empowering people to utilise digital solutions to improve their lives. He plans to organise an event with the Queenslanders with Disability Network that will promote the issue of digital inclusion and digital literacy. He is also currently working with others to promote the use of digital technology by people with disability to assist them to manage future NDIS funded and informal support.

Geoffrey is nominated by: Queenslanders with Disability Network

Digital opportunities to support vision impaired Queenslanders

Located in Brisbane

Geoffrey Cooper had a lengthy career in human services, but his career development was interrupted due to losing a significant amount of sight. Working through these challenges has given him a new focus: helping people with disability by empowering them to embrace the digital world.

Based in Brighton, Geoff works for Vision Australia in Queensland as a career visions coordinator and Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group as a support worker/life coach. On a volunteer basis, he coordinates the Better Vision Network, which is an online community by and for people who are vision impaired and co-convenes the Brisbane Local Support Group with Queenslanders with Disability Network

In both his volunteer and paid roles, Geoffrey is passionate about finding ways to increase people’s digital literacy and confidence so they can actively participate in their communities. He achieves this by:

  • administering the Better Vision Network Facebook page
  • informing and assisting people with disability to access online support groups, essential day-to-day services and new networks
  • participating actively in the Queenslanders with Disability Network Facebook page and closed group
  • advocating the provision and use of accessible technology
  • actively working with clients to navigate digital solutions that will assist their pathway to employment
  • delivering workshops to show people how to access online information about the best deals to reduce their energy costs and other costs of living
  • Investigating and promoting the use of digital tools to assist people with disability to self-manage future National Disability Insurance Scheme funding.

Since losing part of his vision, Geoffrey completed a Diploma of Counselling to complement his existing Bachelor of Social Science. He plans to develop an online counselling and coaching business, offering free initial counselling to people with low vision and no vision, while continuing his community activities.

As a digital champion, Geoffrey will continue empowering people to utilise digital solutions to improve their lives. He plans to organise an event with the Queenslanders with Disability Network that will promote the issue of digital inclusion and digital literacy. He is also currently working with others to promote the use of digital technology by people with disability to assist them to manage future NDIS funded and informal support.

Geoffrey is nominated by: Queenslanders with Disability Network