Julie Phillips is the Manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service and has been working in the disability sector for over 20 years, primarily with the Deaf Community.
She is a qualified paraprofessional Auslan interpreter herself. She also works as a Disability Advocate, mostly voluntarily. Her expertise in disability issues and children has resulted in a significant demand on her time through families of children with disabilities seeking assistance in relation to access to education.
A number of organisations rely on her for secondary consultation in relation to similar issues. As a result she is on numerous committees and reference groups dealing with access issues for people with disabilities.
In her early 20’s Evelyn contracted Viral Encephalitis which left her paralysed and without speech. Evelyn spent the next 17 years in a nursing home before moving into a unit in the community where she lives independently. She has regained limited mobility and speech and now faces continual battles surrounding the rights to live with respect and dignity and the rights surrounding communication.
Evelyn has been a member of Communication Rights Australia for a number of years as both a member and a Board Member. She is very interested in the subject of Human Rights especially within the Disability area.
Corrine is a parent who has been involved in advocating for her son for many years. She has a wealth of industry experience across different sectors including DHHS and local government. Corrine has a real commitment to rights of people with a disability and the rights of individuals who have little or no speech to be able to communicate in any way that they chose.