Martin Stewart from activist to National Advocate for Blind Citizens Australia. Awarded 2019 Blind Australian of the Year and the David Blythe award in recognition of his forthright and tenacious advocacy over thirty years, in the areas of Disability Rights, Industrial Relations, Public Transport and Technology Access; and his tireless support for other advocates who are blind or vision impaired.
Martin recently successfully campaigned for gangway gap barriers to be added into Melbourne’s new high-capacity trains. These barriers will prevent further occurrences of the accident that changed his life on February 4th 2002. Despite losing his right arm and leg when falling between train carriages, he continues to work for the progression of all in his community.