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Emma is a clinical genetics doctor at Sydney Children’s Hospital and researcher at UNSW.
She tries to make pottery but they are very wobbly.
Iva works as Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies at the School of Education at UNSW Sydney. She teaches current and future teachers how to best support students with disability in their classes. She also works on many research projects.
Iva loves lace-making, walks in nature and ironing.
Julie is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Education at UNSW Sydney. She is a co-researcher working with Iva on many research projects. Julie is also a Board member of the Self Advocacy Sydney.
Julie likes doing craft activities and swimming.
Jackie researches the ethics of medicine, and is Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at UNSW.
She likes reading crime stories and loves dogs, especially bull terriers.
Skie is a Team Leader for the Leadership and Peer Support program at Self Advocacy Sydney. She is also an Ambassador for Kindship supporting other parents and carers of children with disabilities.
Skie has a passion for helping people improve their English. Skie loves spending time with her family and puppy, and creative writing.
Jackie is a genetic counsellor with the NSW Genetics of Learning Disability Service. She helps people understand what they want to know about genetics and feel comfortable to talk about it and make their own decisions. She loves time with her grandchildren.
Bronwyn works as a teacher and writer at Australian Genomics, UNSW and the Garvan Institute. She thinks about different ways to talk with people about how bodies work, genetics and DNA.
She loves to travel and spend time with her children who dance and draw.
Michelle is a PhD student at UNSW Sydney whose thesis is about understanding the peer interactions of high school girls on the autism spectrum. She is interested in supporting students on the autism spectrum to feel safe, supported, and cared for at school.
Michelle loves spicy food, board games, and napping with her dog.
Manjekah is a paediatric trainee who is currently completing a higher research degree in intellectual disability and genomic medicine. She is passionate about patient equity, medical education, and ensuring genomic medicine is accessible and inclusive to all patients.
Manjekah is always eager to learn and try new things, and in her spare time enjoys photography, spending time with her birds, and amateur figure-skating!
Joanne is currently a lecturer in Special Education at the School of Education at UNSW Sydney and used to be a primary school teacher.
She loves dogs, reading, and taking walks at the beach.
Sierra is a primary school teacher with a masters degree in special and inclusive education. Whenever possible, she gets involved in education and disability studies research ventures.
She loves the excitement of learning new things, including her latest learning adventure: learning to be a mum!
Karen-Maia was a high school teacher for over 20 years. She now works in the Department of Education’s Disability Strategy team creating resources to help NSW teachers support students with disability in their classes. She is also a student at the University of NSW.
Karen-Maia likes cats, cooking and making people smile.
Jennifer is a Learning Support Coordinator at a secondary school and a Master of Special Education student at UNSW. She has worked as a teacher in early childhood and primary school settings in Sydney and London. Jennifer is passionate about and dedicated to removing barriers to learning, engagement and success for students with disabilities.
In her spare free, Jennifer enjoys beach walks, coffee catch-ups with friends, and stand-up paddling.
Chloe is a medical student at UNSW and she is interested in making healthcare more accessible and inclusive. In her spare time Chloe loves reading, baking, and spending time outdoors!
MJ is the GeneEQUAL Senior Project Officer and comes to the team with a background in health data analysis and project management. MJ loves listening to music and hopes to learn the cello one day.