The Growing Space Team

Sam Paior – Sam is solo Mum to teenage boys, one with intellectual disability. She wears many hats as a former Parliamentary Advisor, Public Speaker, Access Consultant, Advocate and Inclusion Supporter for a decade, as well as founding The Growing Space in 2007 and working with families as Support Coordinator through the NDIS since its launch. Sam has a special interest in working with families who are interested in, and/or struggling with inclusive schooling for their children with disability.

Monika Dobek – Monika has two primary aged children, one of whom who lives with autism and uses a communication device at her inclusive primary school. Monika has a background in international relations, with a focus on Asia, and has worked as an SSO in the DECD system. She has a very deep commitment to inclusive education, human rights and supporting families to make the most of their NDIS funds for their children.

Sarah does our admin, and she’s just super fabulous, as are our volunteers Tina, Angus and Lily.