The Growing Space team are committed to Good Lives for people with disability and those who support them. We work toward inclusion, respect and honouring the human rights of all people, regardless of ability, race, gender, religion, sexuality, or age.
Sam has worked in the disability sector as advocate, parliamentary advisor, family educator, board member and consultant for twenty years (yes, she's *that* old!). Her experience crosses sensory, autism, physical as well as intellectual disabilities. She parents two young people who between them have extra disability, education and health needs, and is a strong believer in building inclusive communities for all. She is known as one of Australia's foremost experts on the NDIS.
An info night led by Sam was invaluable in helping me get into various networks and linked me to a free and friendly dental service.
Sam is an Australian leader on self management under the NDIS. Her knowledge of our national scheme is immense and she shares this generously so that individual funding is used to promote a good life for people with disabilities. Sam is a clear thinker and gets straight to the point in any situation with her positive communication style. I have had the privilege of working with Sam and believe she has a unique combination of practical knowledge and leadership which produces demonstrated and outstanding results.
Sam has helped me learn to be a better Mother to a child living with disability. She is across the politics, the safety, the activism, the resourcing, the fund raising, the community. She listens, she learns, she shares, she networks and so she knows how the make the best of a system that isn’t easy to navigate.