Caroline Casey (activist)

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Caroline Casey (born 1971)[1] is an Irish activist and management consultant. She is legally blind due to ocular albinism.[2][3] In 2000, aged 28, she left her job in Accenture to launch the Aisling Foundation, with an aim to improve how disability is treated.[1][4][3] In 2001, she trekked across India, solo, on elephant back for c.1,000 km, raising €250k for The National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Sightsavers.[4] Casey became the first female mahout from the west.[5] The journey was the subject of a National Geographic documentary Elephant Vision[3] and a TED Talk.[4]


Casey was diagnosed with ocular albinism as a child but was not personally informed until her 17th birthday.[2] She graduated from University College Dublin with BA, DBS and MBS degrees.[6] She worked at a couple of jobs including as a management consultant for Accenture.[4]

Aisling Foundation/Kanchi[edit]

The Ability Awards, styled as the O2 Ability Awards for sponsorship reasons, were set up by the foundation in 2005 to recognise organisations that promote disability inclusion.[7][8][3][5] In 2011, the Telefónica Ability Awards were launched in Spain, with further versions planned for other countries in Europe.[5][9] In 2008 the foundation was renamed in honour of the elephant "Kanchi" used on the Indian expedition.[3][10]




  • Board member of 98FM
  • Board member of Sightsavers
  • Former board member of Comhairle/Citizens Information Board (2002-?)
  • Former board member of Jack and Jill Children's Foundation
  • Former board member of FÁS (2001-?)
  • Former board member of Irish Charity Tax Reform Group/Charities Institute Ireland


  1. ^ a b "International Women's Day 2016". HSE. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Casey, Caroline (21 October 2014). "Would being legally blind change the way that you see yourself?". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Reddan, Fiona (27 June 2008). "Aisling Foundation is going global". Irish Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Inspiring Irish legally blind adventurer's TED Talk". IrishCentral. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Para integrar la discapacidad en la sociedad hay que cambiar la mentalidad, no las leyes" [To integrate disability in society a change in mentality, not laws, is needed] (in Spanish). 14 April 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Caroline Casey – UCD Entrepreneurial Graduates". NovaUCD. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  7. ^ "O2 Ability Awards - 2005 Overall Winners". 2006. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2017 – via
  8. ^ "O2 Ability Awards 2007". RTÉ.ie. 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Caroline Casey wows the audience as BPW marks quarter century". Galway Advertiser. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  10. ^ Burke, Sinead (9 October 2014). "Inspiring businesswoman Caroline Casey on how she's managed the tough times". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Conway, Pádraic (7 April 2016). "Caroline Casey – Doctor of Laws" (pdf). National University of Ireland. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Nominations sought for Dublin's outstanding young people awards". 16 February 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Our Advisory Board". Ashoka Ireland. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  14. ^ a b "The Power of Believing in the Right Thing and Your Extraordinary Potential". Retrieved 17 May 2017.

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