Hi, I'm Lisa Ashford-Potter - Founder of Chatter Hands, and your Independent Consultant.
My venture into the disability sector began in 1990 through personal experience when my son, Brenton, was born with Down Syndrome, Verbal, Oral and Motor Dyspraxia, and medical related issues. It was in these early years my passion for people with a disability being valued, and contributing members of their local community began, and led me to obtaining a Diploma in Social Science (Community Welfare), Diploma of Management (Disability Studies), and Certificate II in AUSLAN.
With over 20 years experience working with individuals, families, service providers and Government, I have held a variety of positions including Direct Care Worker, Project Officer, Regional Coordinator, and Inclusive Networks Consultant.
I've guest lectured at TAFE and Universities to students studying Disability and Community Welfare, Fitness, and Physical Education, along with presenting at National and International conferences, including The Toronto Summer Institute (TSI) Conference, ACT Now III Getting Mob Ready Conference, Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference, Down Under Institute (DUI), DisabilityCare Australia (NDIS) Conference, and My Voice, My Choice Conference.
I am a member of the ABCD Asia Pacific Network and Inclusion Network, and have throughout the years been a proactive member of a parent committee for a local disability service.
In 2012, I was presented by Minister for Disabilities, the Hon. Andrew Constance, with the "Highly Commended Award" in the NSW Carers Awards at Parliament House, Sydney. In addition to this, I was appointed by Minister Constance as a 'Living Life My Way Champion' in 2013,
"....an exciting initiative that will help make connections of support possible between individuals who have experience in managing their own supports and those who have limited or no experience. By sharing stories and experiences, which will include how people have dealt with setbacks as well as successes, other people........will be encouraged to consider possibilities for themselves. As Champion.......raise community awareness regarding the NSW Government changes to the way disability services are delivered so that people with a disability can transition seamlessly to a National Disability Insurance Scheme." (Minister Constance, March 2013)http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about_us/media_releases/ministerial/first_living_life_my_way_ambassadors_and_champions_announced
A reappointed of this position, by Minister for Disability, the Hon. John Ajaka MP was accepted in 2014 and 2015, with the program coming to a close at the end of June 2016.