I am a project manager on Te Pou’s Disability Workforce Development team, focussing mainly on improving the capabilities of the workforce to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I feel that this is an incredibly important piece of work as many people with ASD have traditionally fallen outside of mainstream support networks. I am privileged to be in a position where I can help the sector to be more responsive to the needs of people with autism and to help shape a future where support staff, whānau and individuals themselves are well equipped, knowledgeable and confident in managing various aspects of ASD.
I have an extensive history of working with people with a range of disabilities both overseas and here in New Zealand. I hold a M.Ed. (Special Education) and taught students with a range of intellectual disabilities, ASD, emotional disturbance and behaviour disorders in very disadvantaged areas of the U.S. before moving to New Zealand.
Here in Aotearoa I have worked in both the education and health sectors, most recently as a Complex Support Advisor and ASD Specialist Worker before joining Te Pou.
I am incredibly passionate about working to create an inclusive society where all individuals have equal access to resources and am fortunate to be working with a team of people, and an organisation, that share these core values.