Everton Park, QLD
Katie has been living independently on the north side of Brisbane for the past decade. With over ten years of experience as a keynote speaker, she is more than suited to the role of NDIS Champion. She has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadriplegia.
She has previously worked for the Health and Communities Workforce Council as a Policy Officer in relation to the implementation of the NDIS and more generally the disability service sector. This role focused on staff retention and client liaison between organisations and individuals seeking disability services.
She speaks to various organisations about numerous issues including advocating for people with disabilities and their right to live a life they choose. She firmly believes in ‘my life, my choice’ and enabling individuals to lead their best possible life. Katie is keen to educate others on the benefits of the NDIS, utilising both her own personal experiences with the sector and further her academic knowledge gained through Sociology and Psychology relating to class, disability, gender, race, and inequality. Katie hopes that the implementation of the NDIS will result in other Queenslanders receiving the same opportunities she has in life, and be one step closer to achieving their dreams. The only impossibilities are the ones you place on yourself.
She is a firm believer of chasing your own dreams and not letting anything hold you back. Recently completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology and Psychology at Griffith University, she also sits on the NDIS symposium as a voluntary board member at this University. As part of her degree, she completed a research project focusing on issues relating to masculinity and disability in Australia for men with physical disabilities. Further, an internship was completed at the Red Cross which included an assessment of policies concerning the financial impact of the NDIS. Katie is available to speak to organisations or groups that will be affected by or desire further information on the transition to the NDIS.
About the NDIS Champions program
Would your business, organisation or community group benefit from a free information session on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), delivered by a person with disability in your local area?
Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Do you want to understand what it will mean for people with disability?
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has recently employed and trained 30 people with disabilities from all over Australia to become NDIS Champions - to deliver reliable, fact-checked information about the NDIS in their local communities.
NDIS Champions presentations have answers to the most frequently asked questions, including:
- What is the NDIS?
- Who can access it?
- Why do we need it?
- How does it work?
- What do I need to do?
- NDIS Plans
- And more
If your business, organisation, or community group would benefit from an information session on the NDIS, please contact Katie directly using the contact details below.
Note: NDIS Champions presentations were free during late 2016, but the project funding for this has ended. The Champions we trained are now working independently as presenters, and are charging modest fees to cover their time, expenses and expertise. Contact your local NDIS Champion to find out more.
Katie is available Monday to Friday 9-5pm or by appointment. Please contact 0423 633 348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download Katie's NDIS Champions flyer (PDF, 1 page, 160kb)