Samantha Connor – President
Samantha Connor (pronouns she/her) is a disabled woman living on Ballardong country in Western Australia. She has a strong track record as a disability and human rights advocate. Her past history includes former Vice President of PWDA, member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in WA and board member of Physical Disability Australia. Samantha is a current board member of Autism Self Advocacy Network AUNZ – she is autistic, has ADHD and muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
Samantha is a campaigner and has been actively involved in many campaigns, including the successful campaign for a disability Royal Commission. She has also been heavily involved in actively working for a better NDIS – as a founder and administrator of the online group NDIS Grassroots Discussion, she supports 48,500 people with disability and their families to navigate a scheme that is not working well.
Part of Samantha’s commitment as a leader in the disability sector is to mentor younger disabled people to assist them to find and develop their voice – she is a youth group leader and has mentored many younger people, including those who hold roles in prominent positions in government and business. Samantha works only in roles that will benefit disabled people and currently lectures part time at two universities in human rights, activism and disability discrimination in Human Resources.
She believes that disabled people have the right to be unapologetic in taking up space in the world and in the disability rights mantra ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’. You can talk to her at @criprights on Twitter.
More information on all of our newly elected board directors coming soon