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 have a positive vision of an inclusive life and developing the skills they need to pursue that vision both as an individual family and as part of collective efforts for change.

Lisa is mother of 3. Since Sean was born, she has been developing her own skills as an advocate through supporting Sean͛s school inclusion and as an active member of family advocacy organisations.

Lisa is passionate about working with others towards communities which routinely include and value the contributions of people with disability. She also has a long-term interest in the bioethical issues impacting on people with disability and her PhD research examined the ethical issues raised by prenatal diagnosis of disability.

Sean Fisher Bio

Sean Fisher attended his neighbourhood primary school in the inner southside of Brisbane and graduated 4 years ago from St Laurence͛s College, a large Catholic boys͛ school.

Since then, he has been a valued member of the Operations Team at Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and 12 months ago acquired a second part-time job at The importance of roles and relationships


Day 1 9:35 – 10:25

The Grass is Greener Where you Water It: Investing in Relationships and Everyday Wonders

Too often, people are told that “real” friendships can’t happen for people with significant disability. In this presentation, Lisa and Sean will share the legacy of investing in an inclusive life over several decades. Sean will talk about the people who are important in his life – many of whom he has known since early childhood – and share snippets of his ordinary 23 year old life as a valued worker, youth group leader, student, friend, swimmer, boxer and gym member. His mother, Lisa, will draw out the value of having an ambitious vision and seeking ordinary valued experiences through early childhood, kindy, school, regular community opportunities, and then paid employment. She will describe the determination and efforts that were needed to stay on an inclusive path, how Sean was supported into roles where he could be known for his gifts and contributions, and the power of consciously – over and over again – being alert to the people who were “open” so that Sean’s friendships were able to be nurtured and supported.