The question has been posed to us, “Why does the platform have an Advisory Board?” It certainly isn’t a legal requirement, so why do we have one? The quick answer is that we get considerable value from having one. From early on, we decided the platform must be guided by strong disability voices and draw upon research smarts and an understanding of the body of academic knowledge.
That’s why our CEO has a disability and a doctorate. It is also why our Board includes three successful business people with a direct connection to disability and why we have two world-class researchers on our Board. One of our amazing volunteers is also an accomplished health, disability and rehabilitation researcher. Another volunteer is a disability support worker.
Our patron, the amazing Dinesh Palipana OAM excels while living with a significant disability.
The Board has been assisting Gary with operational tasks (thanks Jo), grant applications (thank Naomi and Elizabeth) and everyone has been a fantastic source of moral support and wisdom (thanks Elizabeth, Jo, Miriam and Naomi). For our grant applications, it deepens our expertise and track record.
We strongly recommend members use such a support system. Paid members also have access to a mentor.