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Keynote Speaker: Loren Swancutt

Bio Loren is Head of Special Education Services at a state high school in Queensland. Her role involves the leadership and management of inclusive education experiences for all students and the facilitation of inclusive interactions Read more…

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John Armstrong

Bio John Armstrong has been involved with people and families of people with a disability for over 40 years. He has worked as a trainer and consultant across many settings with individuals, families and agencies throughout Australia Read more…

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Karim Bouchafaa

Bio Karim has never let his disability get in the way of his love of learning and getting out and about in his community. At 27 years old, Karim was accepted into an initiative at Read more…

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Lisa Bridle & Sean Fisher

Lisa Bridle Bio Lisa Bridle is a social worker with a background in community development. Since 2011, she has worked at Community Resource Unit in family leadership development. Her work focuses on helping families to Read more…

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Ann Greer

Bio Ann Greer has lived and worked in disability for over 40 years.  She is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities get an equal opportunity life and believes that this will occur if we Read more…

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Justine Hall

Bio Justine Hall will share a family perspective on taking the steps needed to get off the fence. As the parent of 3 children with a disability, Justine found that attending workshops on Social Role Read more…

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Claudine Jamieson

Bio Claudine is the mother of Eva, who is in her late 30s. Eva has very high support needs, does not speak to communicate and needs support to use her wheelchair to get around. She loves the Read more…

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Jan Kruger

Bio Jan is the Executive Director of Imagine More, a family-led organisation based in Canberra. Jan co-founded Imagine More in 2013 to strengthen family leadership and advocacy for people with a disability to get the good Read more…

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Paul Kruger

Bio Paul is currently conducting a research masters investigation on identifying profound and rapid change in teacher understanding of teaching and learning. In his spare time he is a founding director and company secretary of Read more…

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Marc & Anthea Lema

Bio Marc and Anthea Lema are the parents of seven children, including Cameron, who has an intellectual disability. Both have a wealth of experience in assisting people with disabilities, their families and supporters in planning, Read more…

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Jemima MacDonald

Bio Jemima MacDonald is the coordinator of the uni 2 beyond initiative, hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS). The initiative supports adults with an intellectual disability to experience university life at the University Read more…

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Sylvana Mahmic

Bio Ms Sylvana Mahmic is the CEO of Plumtree and an advocate for early childhood intervention and self-management. She has served on over 15 reference and advisory groups in addition to five Ministerial appointments including Read more…

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Greg and Ingrid Mahoney

Bio Greg is the father of Sam and Ingrid and husband of Anne. Before becoming an academic economist Greg worked in steel mills, as a driver, furniture removalist, harvesting grapes and in a restaurant. His Read more…

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Catia Malaquias

Bio Catia Malaquias is a lawyer and the mother of three young children, one of whom has a disability. She is also the Founder and Director of Starting With Julius, a co-Founder of All Means Read more…

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Rebecca Murphy

Bio Rebecca worked in the area of community care and aged care services as a coordinator and educator before having two beautiful children.  Her background and skills in advocacy and training in social role valorisation Read more…

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John Nash

Bio John is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as Director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, and Founder of the OpenEye Group, Read more…

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Jodie Reid

Bio Jodie is a passionate and enthusiastic parent who loves talking about inclusive education with anyone who wants to listen (and occasionally with some who don͛t!). She and her husband have two children, 11 and Read more…

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Gina Wilson-Burns

Bio Gina Wilson-Burns is an unapologetic advocate for her son, she promotes the life changing experience of parenting a child with multiple severe disabilities not as a ‘traumatic or crushing experience’ but one of hope Read more…