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.
DR Rosemary Crossley AM is an Australian author and advocate for disability rights and facilitated communication.
Rosemary started teaching a group of teenagers with cerebral palsy to communicate through spelling. She later co-authored a book, Annie’s Coming Out (later made into the film of the same name), with Anne McDonald, her first student.
Since then Rosemary has written several more books, including Facilitated Communication Training and Speechless. She consults and lectures in many countries, mainly on strategies for facilitating and augmenting communication. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to people with severe communication impairment.
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.
Hanife Ymer is a Director in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice. She brings experience across all areas of risk and internal audit, particularly in the financial services and not-for-profit sectors to her role as Director on Communication Rights Australia Board. In her role at KPMG, she is responsible for environmental, social and governance (ESG) services for the financial services sector. In this capacity, combined with her internal audit and risk role, Hanife has worked across areas such as accessibility and inclusion; security and human rights; social impact; OH&S; community engagement and investment, and many more areas. Hanife also brings experience and qualifications in strategy; marketing; and communication.
Kaya has a background in Social Work, Psychology, Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis. She has 20 years of experience working in the fields of disabilities, chronic illness, drug, alcohol, problem gambling, mental health, counselling and advocacy work.
She currently works as a Manager in the field of mental health.
She has a commitment to social justice, human rights, community awareness and education. Kaya enthusiastically supports individuals who are disenfranchised and need support to voice their needs and rights.