Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2016 NSW Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Nathan Basha

State: New South Wales

Disability advocate

A social entrepreneur pushing boundaries, Nathan Basha is living proof that disability does not limit possibilities. Nathan might happen to have Down syndrome but, as he says, “that’s not who I am”. As a motivational speaker, Nathan has presented at national and international conferences and political forums, universities and schools to share his insights into the possibilities when people are encouraged to reach their potential. An actor, university student, filmmaker and employee at Sydney’s NOVA radio station and Taste Creative, Nathan is also an ambassador for the Living Life My Way campaign. Through his social enterprise, NB* No Barriers, Nathan is focused on engaging with the corporate sector to change attitudes around employment for people with disability. He’s hosted workshops to inspire people with an intellectual disability to find their dream job, teaching employment skills and the secrets to writing a super CV. Just 10 per cent of people with intellectual disabilities are employed in Australia’s open labour market and Nathan is determined to smash this statistic while helping people live their dreams. 


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