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Pauline David

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Independence is a key goal of the National Disability Insurance Schemen (NDIS). Understanding how culture interacts with how independence is defined and what it looks like is critical to achieving person centred outcomes.

People with a lived experience of disability hold unique insights and expertise that can are invaluable in support and mentoring peers to navigate the NDIS and achieve life goals.

Pauline David

Pauline David is a diversity and disability peer facilitator and peer mentor. She is actively involved in the disability space and is passionate about advocating for improved accessibility for herself and for others with limited mobility.

Through sharing her story, Pauline hopes to challenge perceptions, attitudes and stigmas to help improve community access for people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Background

Pauline was born in Australia to parents from Assyrian background that migrated from Iraq.

She has lived with physical disability from birth and has experienced cultural, structural and services related barriers all of her life and believes this has shaped her strength of character.

She grew up in South West Sydney, attended mainstream primary and high school, and accessed a few mainstream disability support services as a child and adolescent. She left high school after year 10, and later accessed TAFE for further study. She also accessed disability job networks for 12 months to try to find employment. Her experiences of study and job searching were far from positive and led her to believe there was little hope for her to be a contributing member of her community or society.

For a number of years Pauline spent her time developing her social networks and got occasional short-term work from friends and family. In 2006, she made the decision to move out of the family home cherishing freedom and independence.

Living independently was a catalyst for her to become more actively involved in raising awareness of disability and diversity in her community. She put her hand up for every opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in sharing her lived experience to inform and advocate for disability access rights in her community and Local Government Areas.

Pauline is currently a peer facilitator and peer mentor with Diversity Disability Alliance and Physical Disability Council of NSW peer support group (Liverpool). She welcomes the opportunity to become established as a self employed lived experience educator and one of her life goals is to advocate for accessible health and beauty premises and services. Her dream is to have her own fully accessible salon.

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