Heather is a person with the lived experience of having a disability who has overcome many challenges in her life to become a strong self-advocate and leader. Heather’s passion is to help empower people with disabilities to become respected members of their community.
Heather has worked as a Project Worker with VALID for over 14 years, supporting people with a disability to stand up for their rights and communicate effectively.
Heather has worked for many years to become a leader and has graduated from Leadership for people with disabilities (Leadership Plus) and VALID’s own SALT (Self Advocacy Leadership Training).
Heather has represented self-advocates on many committees, including the Victorian Disability Advisory Committee and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. She is currently a board member of Inclusion Australia – NCID (National Council on Intellectual Disability), the chair of the Inclusion Australia ‘Our Voice Committee’ and a member of the Inclusion International ‘Empower Us Action Team’.