Felicity has worked in a range of positions in the disability sector including service development, project management and service management roles. Felicity is passionate about supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice within their community. In both a professional and voluntary capacity she has assisted with the development of self-advocacy programs and supported individual’s with intellectual disability in their self-advocacy roles. This passion for supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice has led her to undertake a PhD in the area of inclusive research. Felicity also enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience and passion with students through tutoring at Flinders University in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.
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PROJECTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Jillian is a Developmental Educator with diverse program coordination, organisational capacity building and teaching experience within the disability sector. Jillian is passionate about access to the arts, leisure and recreation for its natural ability to develop relationships, build confidence and instil a sense of identity in a way that cannot easily be sought in other areas. Jillian is involved in her community through her involvement in gymnastics as a performer with the Harlequin Spirals German Wheel team. Prior to joining SACID Jillian worked for a number of years as a Disability Advisor at an international NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while concurrently teaching online for Flinders University. Guided strongly by human rights, Jillian is passionate about her role at SACID and the ability to support people with intellectual disability to advocate for themselves.
Sarah uses her voice as a person with intellectual disability to support SACID to develop information and resources that people with intellectual disability and their families really want. Sarah has held advocacy roles such as being an Ambassador for Down Syndrome South Australia where she was able to share her experiences and achievements with wide audiences both in Australia and overseas. As an Inclusion Worker, Sarah enjoys helping people to be more informed by sharing her ideas for new workshops and assisting to develop and run these sessions. Sarah is involved in her community through participation in dancing, cheerleading and long-term open employment and uses her networks to promote the work of SACID with passion. Sarah believes that it is important for people with intellectual disability to be included and valued in the community so that you can teach the community how to be inclusive and understand people with intellectual disability – you do this by showing people what you are able to achieve!
Mel is a Developmental Educator which has led her to experience a diverse range of roles within the disability sector from support worker, mentor, NDIS Support Coordination, allied health therapist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Mel is passionate about supporting people to make a positive difference in their lives through using a person centred, active support approach. Mel is excited to be part of the SACID team, to work alongside people with intellectual disability and to promote an accessible and inclusive community. Mel enjoys exploring new foods and eateries in her spare time and also continues her work as a support worker and mentor.
PROJECT OFFICER - WORKSHOPS
Laynie has extensive experience as a program coordinator and project manager within the Disability and Education sectors. Over the last 10 years she has been actively involved in various state-wide and national inclusive collaborations to drive change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals within education and employment. Laynie’s personal experience as a supporter of family and friends with disability led her to undertake studies in Law and Behavioural Science before completing her Honours in Disability and Developmental Education. She is passionate about social justice, self-advocacy and human rights, all of which underpins her drive to create more inclusive communities. In addition to volunteering in a number of roles within her community, Laynie is admin of her local Buy Nothing Group, a gift economy initiative which aims to build communities and collaboratively share the abundance around us. Laynie is a lover of astronomy, music, camping and gardening, and also provides academic support at Flinders University within the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.
PROJECT OFFICER - WORKSHOPS
Alirio is a multiskilled professional with ample experience working across many different roles in the disability sector. He has a lived experience of disability through his brother Ali who was blind and had an intellectual disability and has a passion for human rights, advocacy and trying to offer solutions to social problems.
Alirio is an award-winning actor, director, theatre-maker and has developed a unique and distinct “Methodology of Ability” that combines film, moving image and live performance in multiple bodies of work including “Sons & Mothers”, “The Book of Loco”, “The Migration Project” among many others. He has over 25 years of experience working with communities and has deliver workshops created works in Jails, Detention Centers, National & International Universities, Schools, with Youth at Risk, with Multicultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities and with many organizations across Australia and Overseas.
As a performer Alirio has numerous performance credits with many theatre companies across Australia including Sydney Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, The Malthouse, Windmill Theatre, State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company of South Australia. In 2016 Alirio received The Citizen of The Year Award from The City of Port Adelaide Enfield and was nominated for Australian of the year.
Currently Alirio is the Artistic Director of ‘AJZ Productions’, ‘True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’ and ‘True Ability’ which Alirio Co-Leads with Creative Producer Kelly Vincent.
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MY LIFE, MY CHOICES PROJECT AND
PEER ACTION CREWS
Cathi is an experienced parliamentary advisor who has supported a number of members of parliament in a range of roles including research, administration and media liaison. As a mature aged student, she gained her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and went on to complete an Honours degree in Early Childhood with a research project on diversity in children’s literature. She has always had a strong sense of social justice and an interest in human rights for all, working and volunteering on a variety of community action campaigns on a wide range of issues including public transport, tobacco law and improved disability access. Working with members of the public to access their rights and get better access to services has given her a strong overview of the services available in SA. She loves gardening, walking in the bush spotting wildlife or walking in the suburbs and finding great gardens and architecture.
With prior experience in disability services and the not-for-profit sector, Halima joins SACID after working at the National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research – Lowitja Institute in Melbourne as a Research Project Officer. Halima also worked as a community support worker for over three years before moving to Melbourne. Her past experience in this sector is vital to understanding how services can better train staff in order to help them support people with disability. Halima grew up overseas but since getting her Master’s degree in Health and International Development in Australia, she now considers Australia her second Home. Halima is a Project Assistant working on promoting awareness about issues that are important to people with intellectual disability.
Elizabeth has an accounting degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having held finance roles at Minda Incorporated and Craniofacial Australia. In these roles, Elizabeth was able to use her accounting skills to help provide useful financial information to people making financial decisions and gained an insight into the importance of maintaining a strong financial voice for people with disabilities to be able to access and participate equally in the community. SACID’s purpose of inclusion, building confidence and equal access to information in order to both educate and participate equally are aligned to her own and she looks forward to being a part of the team. Elizabeth has a passion for travel, keeping active and music. She is currently studying music theory and singing and is keen to reconnect with family and friends when travel is possible.
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Tim works with SACID in the role of co-design researcher on the My Life, My Choices Supported Decision Making project. He also supports the Workshops team and co-facilitates a number of the SACID workshops. Tim comes to SACID with a background in studying a Cert. 3 in Business and a Cert. 3 in Government. Tim has extensive volunteering experience at both the Noarlunga Hospital and the Glenelg Footy Club and past employment at Flinders University and a number of local Government departments. Working with SACID is very important to Tim. He enjoys the challenge of work, the chance to meet new people, socialise and be engaged in the community. Tim can be found enjoying many sports and is a passionate tennis and football player. Tim also enjoys time online, playing Playstation and video games in his spare time.
Amanda works with SACID in the role of co-design researcher on the My Life, My Choices Supported Decision Making project. Amanda is new to the workforce and believes that working with SACID is a great way to start her career in the community. Amanda is keen to learn all about the work that SACID does and shows great qualities as an emerging self-advocate. Outside of work you will find Amanda’s spare time filled with caring for her much loved pets.