2019 Keynote Speakers

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Dr Jennifer Clegg

Dr Jennifer Clegg is Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, Australia, & Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham UK. She has been a long-term member and sometime office-holder of both the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section, and of IASSIDD’s Ethics SIRG which she currently co-chairs. Until 2015 she also worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist supporting adults with ID who were acutely distressed or disturbed. Publications include empirical research into child-adult transition, and conceptual research concerning attachment, history, and ethics of practice. She is Editor of the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Dr Nick Gore

Nick is a clinical psychologist, senior lecturer and researcher at Tizard Centre University of Kent. His work focuses on supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, together with their families and staff teams. Nick has a special interest in early intervention, behavior that challenges and development of a Positive Behavioral Support Framework. He has produced a range of research, conceptual and practical publications in these areas, helped to develop and maintain stakeholder networks and the implementation of PBS in the UK and Norway through workforce development and policy initiatives. Nick is the lead developer for the Early Positive Approaches to Support programme for family caregivers, co-founding member of the PBS Academy and a member of the Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities Research and Impact Network.

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Shu Hua Chan

Shu Hua Chan is a long term board member and the current the Chairperson of the Council for Intellectual Disability.

She is passionate about speaking up and sharing the stories of people with intellectual disability to make good changes happen.

Shu thinks that people with intellectual disability have a lot to teach you if you give them a chance and listen to what they have to say.

She believes it vital to hear from people with CALD backgrounds in the disability space and to make information accessible for everyone.

Recently she has been focusing on the health of people with intellectual disability. She is the face of the Council for Intellectual Disability’s Our Health Counts campaign and has been speaking to the media and senior politicians about the dire health situation of people with intellectual disability.

Apart from her advocacy and board work Shu also works part time at the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW.

Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson is a lawyer and advocate who has worked in the disability field for 35 years. He took a central role in establishing the Intellectual Disability Rights Service in Sydney. He is a Senior Member on the  Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and does systemic advocacy work for the Council for Intellectual Disability. He is a member of the Intellectual Disability Reference Group of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Jim has had a leading role in many areas of service system and legislative reform including well supported alternatives to gaol for offenders with intellectual disability and legislation covering guardianship, disability services and independent complaints and monitoring bodies. In recent years, Jim’s work has particularly focused on improved health care for people with intellectual disability  and the development and implementation of the NDIS.

Jim is a recipient of the Justice Medal of the NSW Law and Justice Foundation.

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Dr Stacy Clifford Simplican

Stacy Clifford Simplican is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2011. Her book, The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship (2015), analyzes the role of intellectual disability in political theory, American history, and the political strategies of self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a postdoctoral research fellow at Michigan State University and the National University of Ireland Galway, Stacy developed an interdisciplinary research agenda on the social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and her work in this area appears in Research in Developmental Disabilities, Disability & Society, and Research and Practice in Intellectual Disability. Overall, Stacy’s work uses insights from democratic and feminist theory to rethink key concepts in the field of intellectual disabilities, while also using the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to revise ideas and norms around democratic citizenship.

Scott Avery

Scott Avery is descendant from the Worimi people and is the Research and Policy Director at the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), a non-Government Organisation constituted by and for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with disability. He has eight years experience of advocacy and applied policy research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations which has informed national policies including the National Disability Strategy and Closing the GAp.  He is currently undertaking a PhD at UTS on social inclusion and disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities which is nearing completion, and has recently published the book ‘Culture is Inclusion: A narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability’ based on this research. He has been awarded a research scholarship by the Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, and is an Ambassador for the Mayi Kuwayu study on the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait IsIander cultures to health and wellbeing.

Elizabeth Crawford

Libby grew up in an era when children with special needs attended special schools. She lived and attended school at Regency Park Crippled Children’s. Libby found her calling last year when she joined Our Voice SA. She is loving being involved in the self-advocacy movement and enjoying providing mentoring to others.

Tiffany Littler

Tiffany- Our Voice

Tiffany is 30 years old and a proud self-advocate. She has been self-advocating for over 10 years. Tiffany’s first experience of self-advocacy was when she was looking to move out of her parents’ home and spoke to Disability SA about what she wanted in her own home.

Rebeka Touzeau

Bek Touzeau- SACID

Rebeka is a skilled public speaker. She contributes to her community through involvement in dancing, where she is a mentor of school aged children with disability. Rebeka is a role model to others as someone who lives independently, maintains open employment and has a busy community life. As the current Inclusion Australia – Our Voice National representative for South Australia, Rebeka speaks up about issues important to people with intellectual disability.

Christopher Bergin

Chris Bergin- SACID

Chris is a self-advocate representing the voice of people with intellectual disability on the SACID Board, Express Yourself Self Advocacy Group, and represented South Australia on the Inclusion Australia – Our Voice Committee. Chris is now an Inclusion Worker at SACID.  Chris believes it’s important for people with intellectual disability to be included in the community, to have new opportunities to meet new people and to take part in community life.

Gavin Burner

Gavin- Our Voice and SACID

Gavin grew up on the York Peninsular. He was the youngest in his family and lived on the family farm until adulthood. When his father sold the farm and moved into the town, Gavin’s family arranged for him to move to the “Big Smoke”. He lived in supported accommodation and worked in supported employment for a short time. Gavin soon found his feet, moved into his own home and now works in open employment.

Ian Cummins

Ian was born in Peterborough but grew up in Adelaide, living in MINDA from the age of 16. Ian has been self-advocating for over 15 years and it has developed into a passion. Ian’s first experience of self-advocacy was when he was living at MINDA, Ian self-advocated to move out of institutionalized housing.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah Byrne- SACID

Sarah is an Inclusion Worker at SACID where she uses her voice to support SACID to develop information for people with intellectual disability and their families. Sarah has been an Ambassador for Down Syndrome South Australia. Sarah believes it’s important for people with intellectual disability to be included and valued in the community so the community can learn to be inclusive of people with intellectual disability.