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CDAH has a variety of trained Peer Mentors with many different skills, passions and life experiences. Check our Peer Mentor Profiles to see who you would like to work with to achieve the change you want to make in your life.
Hi, my name is Aaron. I have high functioning Autism that was diagnosed at 15 which saw me placed into mainstream education for the majority of my schooling.
I enjoy sports (especially Special Olympics, in which I have represented Australia and coached basketball), video gaming, cars and hanging out with friends and family.
I’m Raelene, I’m thrilled to be working as the Peer Mentor Coordinator at CDAH. I love the power of sharing lived experiences and connecting people with people. My husband and I both live with lifelong disability. We have four amazing children and together we are committed to building a world where everyone belongs.
Over the years I’ve walked with many other people with disability through the stuff of life. My life has been all about fluctuation so I’ve learnt to be determined and to think outside the box to get the life I love.
In my mentoring I want to offer my skills in:
Parenting with a disability and balancing work and family
Self-managing your NDIS Plan and getting through the review process
How to make the most of your NDIS Plan living in a rural area
Managingtransitions and helping develop action plans if needed
I’m committed to being a life-long learner - I believe everyone has something to teach me and I’m looking forward to connecting with you.
My name is Debbie I’m 60 years old and music is my passion. Forty years ago, I ‘came out’ as a lesbian. I studied medicine and became a doctor with an interest in sexuality and gender issues. Six years ago, I stopped working as a doctor and now work part-time at CDAH.
My ‘psychosocial’ disability isn’t obvious, but stigma is. As a mentor I can support you to think about the best questions to ask your doctor. Coming out as someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, asexual or intersex can be terrifying. I can support you to find ways to express your sexuality, gender and deal with issues in relationships.
Finally, my lived experience of a mental illness has blessed me with a lot of resilience, and I have come to know that lilies only grow in the valleys so when times are rough the special things about life reveal themselves.
Hi, I'm Suzy. I am a mother raising two beautiful children on my own and living with low vision. I am very active in the Aboriginal community as I am an Aboriginal woman.
I will offer my mentee: encouragement to empower you while you are setting goals for the NDIS. Goals can be anything from living more independently; enrolling in further education or gaining employment; joining a sporting team; organising a cleaner for your home or wanting to get more involved in your community.
I will support you: whether to live the life you’ve always wanted to live, or the life that you are thinking about for the first time. We can work together to achieve this.
Hi, I self-manage my NDIS package and love supporting people with disability to take up options like this so we can live our lives the way we want to.
I am blind and believe in sharing my experiences as a person with disability in order to show that what we have in common is far more than our differences.
I’d love to mentor you in:
telling your story
confident use of technology (particularly for those who are blind or have low vision)
The basics of your NDIS plan, the portal and self-managing your budget.