I was born in Perth, and then spent 32 years in Bunbury W.A. My independence is very important to me as it gives me the ability to do what I desire. I am a member of the Fremantle Dockers and attend games every fortnight. I have a Degree in Social Work and a Post Graduate Degree in Sexology and enjoy helping people with their life and sexuality. I was on the board of Advocacy South West for approximately 18 months and made a film with them on Disability and Society.
Elizabeth is a self advocate and advocates for others. Elizabeth is a Paralympian.
I grew up in Midland and went on to finish a nursing degree and travel overseas (and still continue to travel). In amongst many life experiences, I acquired a mobility disability after meningococcal septicaemia in 2000 and now alternate between titanium legs, a wheelchair and a scooter. I have had the opportunity to meet many people with disabilities, been involved in volunteer committees in the sector, and become a passionate advocate for our human right to live active lives.
My seven and three year olds are my only hobbies at the moment, consuming all my spare time and energy! I do like wine, books, friends and movies (and talking!).
I have a rewarding career in Health, and feel it is a privilege to also be able to contribute to disability advocacy in a small way.
I am the youngest of 4, I was born with cerebral palsy resulting in learning and motor development skills. My family had a farm in Pemberton, and I was lucky to have my mother who was a school teacher and wanted me to have a go at everything, so I did trampolining exercises, despite being in the country. I attended school at Pemberton, where the only sports I could manage were netball, and I did Brownies and Guides. I played piano until high school. When I turned 16 my family moved to Perth. The reasons being that my work prospects was only the Peter Pan Learning Centre, and my Dad could no longer look after the farm due to a bad back and none of my siblings wanted to take it over.
In Perth I attended Kent St High School as I wanted to mainstream as much as possible. I continued with Guides, becoming a junior leader, umpired and played netball. I was not accepted for Irrabeena (DSC) funding. I left school and was assessed by CRS who offered me workshop work, but I chose to to study and go for open employment. I worked in the public service, and trained for Disability services.
I continued with netball where I played for WA, regionals and country week. Achieved my certificate to coach juniors and was on the Players Rep Board for Netwest.
I have worked for various disability organisations, including camps and day outings, and have been recognised twice for by Vic Park Council for Advocacy work. Former Council Advisory Group for Disabilities/Sport/Recreation and Health; Women with Disabilities WA Board member/secretary for 8 years. Involved with Disabled Surfers WA; SAWA; local church Child Ministry volunteer (esp special needs); Uniting Care West Rainbow project (buddy).
My hobbies are travelling, puzzles and walking. My disabilities are playing up now. Recently I have lost my mum, my best mate, who has shown me how to make a better life by helping others. I believe access is very important from health care, education, transport, safety, housing, employment and communication. Everyone should be able to have their basic needs met.
With brain damage from birth, Adam has lived with a type of Palsy. As a teen, he was diagnosed with Epilepsy. After leaving Christ Church in year 11 he worked in the family Rural Supplies business for five years. In 2000, the family moved to Perth where he found it difficult to find suitable work. He went back to study and completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at TAFE, followed by a Batchelor Degree in General Arts, and a Diploma in counselling.
Adam contributes to advocacy, encouragement and motivation programs that promote ability first. He was an ambassador and speaker for Rocky Bay on several occasions, outlining what it is like to be disabled, how disability can affect family and friends and the community, and the need to treat people with a disability with empathy and encouragement rather than sympathy. Adam has lived in Melville for more than 14 years and has developed a keen interest in community issues and community development. He is currently a member of the City of Melville Access Advisory Committee and is available to speak at community and disability group meetings. Adam is actively promoting the benefits of being a member of an advocacy group like People With Disability Western Australia (PWDWA) and is planning to stand for election to the local council.
Executive Director: Samantha Jenkinson
Samantha commenced as Executive Director in November 2014.
Samantha has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a Social Worker. Through this time she has worked and advocated in the areas of employment, housing and support, service co-ordination, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO.
Highlights of Samantha’s work have been her time with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, her involvement in development of direct payments as a funding option for people with disabilities in Victoria, writing a monograph on trends in disability services for the Disability Services Commission in WA for their State plan ‘Count Me In’, developing a forum and DVD on self directed services in the community sector in WA and speaking on community inclusion to people with disabilities and service providers in the disability sector.
Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and Boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia. Currently she is also a Local Government Councillor in the City of Stirling.
Secretariat: Erika Webb (Contractor)
Erika Webb a Disability and Access Advocate for people living with Disabilities. Erika currently runs her own business Erika Webb Enterprises as a Disability Advocate. Erika is also the Admin and Advocacy officer at Blind Citizens WA.
Erika uses her skills and knowledge of the disability and blindness sector in paid job roles, contract positions and on Boards. Erika has been working tirelessly in paid roles and as a volunteer on various issues for people who are blind or vision impaired or DeafBlind and the disability sector. Erika has been recogonised for my role as a community representative and is often called upon to provide advice to various local. state and federal government departments.