Jonathan Shar is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Social Justice) degree at Macquarie University.
Jonathan has complete 2 mentoring programs, Ignition and Emerge which were run jointly by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and ING Australia.
Jonathan also runs his own charity, Australian Disability that looks to build a better society by reclaiming disability as an identity.
David Daoud is a proud husband and father from Lebanese background. His determination has helped him overcome the many challenges he faced in losing his sight as a young adult and he is actively involved in advocating for the inclusion of people living with vision impairment.
David was born is Sydney and grew up in the Inner West area with his three brothers and sister. He had planned on a career as an IT engineer but a car accident in 2000 left him completely blind and changed his life. He still has a passion for technology, especially assistive technology that allows him to be as independent as possible.
David is currently a Community Connector with the Physical Disability Council of NSW NDIS ILC Peer Support Project (Liverpool). He accesses disability support services for community participation and has been with the same provider for over 10 years.
He hopes that sharing his insights and experience of cultural and structural barriers will be a useful learning opportunity for others. He welcomes the opportunity to develop his skills in business administration and speaking to different audiences as a self-employed lived experience educator.
Abrahim is passionate about helping the community become more accessible for people with disabilities. Abrahim was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder at the age of 5 and when his leg muscles became weaker he began to use a powered wheelchair at the age of 15.
From 2011- 2017 Abrahim has worked in several organisations mainly in administration. He has recently become an ambassador for Ability Links NSW and uses this role in promoting inclusion for people with disabilities and from the CALD community.
Since 2017 he has attended all the training which DDA have offered: Introduction to Peer Support, Peer Facilitation and Peer Mentoring. This led him to do more work with Diversity and Disability Alliance as a co researcher for the evaluation team and as a co-facilitator in DDA training.
Abrahim has a number of qualifications, including the Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting) and the Master of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University, Diploma of Leadership and Management from Evocca College and a Certificate IV in Customer Engagement from Managed Corporate Outcomes Pty Ltd.
Abrahim is a member of the alumni group for Western Sydney University and Wheelchair Sports NSW. He is also a member of two peer support groups, the Liverpool Peer Support Group and the former Blacktown Peer Support Group, which is run by the Physical Disability Council of NSW.
Timothy is the first Australian to land a wheelchair back flip, he is also autistic and lives with hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD). He is a Third-year Occupational Therapy (OT) student, Wheelchair Moto-Cross rider, fabricator and advocate for access and inclusion.
Timothy chose to study occupational therapy after seeing deficits in the disability sector regarding the support that his younger autistic sister, Emma, faced growing up.
He aims to help all people with disabilities live the best lives possible; and is a strong believer that anything is possible if you adapt the task to fit the person and use universal design.
Timothy has had a passion for inclusion and wheelchair design from a young age. Building his first wheelchair at the age of 8. He has been using a wheelchair to skate since he was 13 years old, and he is the first Australian to land a wheelchair backflip, achieving the feat in 2016.
He builds wheelchairs in his garage to fund his business that travels Australia to host free clinics and events aimed at increasing mobility skills and physical activity for people with disabilities through WCMX (Wheelchair Moto-Cross) and Adaptive Skating.
He uses these events to positively contribute to changing perceptions of people with disabilities and what they are capable of.
He hopes his advocacy work and skate therapy initiative will result in lasting positive change, benefiting society as a whole.