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Disability Speakers

Dhiyana Varsani
12 Apr. 2021

2.1 million working-age Australians suffer from a disability. Therefore creating a more accepting and understanding culture surrounding disability is integral in increasing employee health and wellbeing, and lowering unemployment rates.

We have curated a range of experts who can provide your organisation with inspiring stories on inclusion, accessibility, and reaching your goals.

A true story of triumph over tragedy. Curtis McGrath is a para-canoeist like no other. On the 23rd of August 2012, young soldier Curtis McGrath’s life changed forever when the 24-year-old tragically lost both his legs in an IED blast.

Thirty minutes after losing both his legs in a horrific blast in Afghanistan, in those traumatic moments as he was being stretchered from the bomb site, Curtis was already thinking about pursuing a career as an amputee athlete. Fully aware of his grim situation and partly to maintain consciousness as a survival mechanism, he joked with those helping him about becoming a Paralympian. He didn’t know what sport he was going to do, but his positive outlook and determination to rebound and get on with achieving his driving ambitions is what has made this man get to where he is today.

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Cam Calkoen dreams of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their opportunity and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations.

No one can walk and talk at birth. Some people like Cam, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of their lives. He chose to defy the odds, and now showcases what can be achieved when we identify a challenge, leverage our opportunities and uniqueness, and indeed live for awesome!

Cam is an athletic gold medalist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker who ignites a connection and clarity between inspiration, dreams, and people.

Get in touch about Cam Calkoen

Karni Liddell is one of Australia's most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers of our time, but Karni's journey to success began a lot differently than the typical elite athlete.

Karni was born with a neuromuscular wasting disease, and her parents were told that their first-born child wouldn’t walk, crawl or live past her teenage years.

Beating all the odds, Karni has medalled at every Paralympics she has competed in, and also captained the Number 1 team at the Sydney 2000 Games. she is also the Queensland ambassador for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Kurt Fearnley was born without the lower portion of his spine but never allowed this to hold him back. Kurt went on to become one of Australia's most successful and respected athletes and advocates.

His achievements as a Paralympic athlete, service to people with a disability, and fundraising efforts when it comes to Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations earned him an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018.

Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes himself to a number of national and Hunter-based charitable initiatives. He is a board member of the Australian Paralympic Commitee, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, and member of the International Paralympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council.

Get in touch about Kurt Fearnley

Mike Rolls teaches people how to STAND TALL in the face of adversity and he brings a fresh voice to the field of resilience.

Mike Rolls was faced with life-changing trauma at the age of 18 when he contracted the deadly Meningococcal disease. Mike suffered catastrophic injuries and faced an incredibly difficult journey ahead. A journey he slowly learned to embrace, grow from, and eventually use to help and inspire others to step up to life’s inevitable challenges.

Considered one of the most dynamic and relevant speakers in Australia, Mike gives organisations the strategies and confidence they need to face the challenges of business with a new sense of optimism and understanding.

Get in touch about Mike Rolls

Nas Campanella lost her sight when she was only 6 months old and also suffers from a sensitivity condition called Charcot-Marie-tooth which means that she is unable to read brail.

Nas has built a career working as a newsreader, reporter, journalist, and senior producer as well as undertaking projects with ABC international Development, running initiatives for people living with disability across the pacific.

Nas has supported young people with vision impairments to transition into mainstream schooling. She also works as a mentor to people with disabilities and mental illness.

Get in touch about Nas Campenella

Rosanne Stuart is one determined fighter. She’s had to be. Ever since her only child Madeline was born 22 years ago with Down syndrome, she has faced prejudice and many battles to raise her daughter to be the best version of herself.

Now, Madeline is the world’s first successful professional adult model with Down syndrome. A gifted public speaker, Rosanne now creates awareness that people with disabilities like Madeline can still achieve their dreams.

Madeline and Rosanne are advocates for inclusivity and diversity, not just on the runway but throughout society. They advocate changing the stigma attached to disability.

Get in touch about Rosanne & Madeline

If you're looking for a disability speaker for your next event, contact our expert team on 1300 799 823, or Enquire here.

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