Wayne is fearless and unapologetic in his commitment to raising the profile of people with disability and people of the LGBTIQ community. He too has a disability, but is well-known for forgetting about it. ‘Is it wrong that I forget I have a disability? I just get on with things; I’ve got shit to do.’
Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.
I work as a leader in Disability Employment Services. I get to work with an incredible team of people who are deeply committed and invested in people with disabilities. Through accessing all that the community has to offer, and by experiencing both success and failure, people with disabilities are able to live the life they choose and become the greatest version of themselves.
What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?
I’m currently working as a member of the Chief Minister’s LGBTIQ advisory council and as a member of the ACT government disability reference group. I am also actively campaigning to ensure that people vote “Yes” for marriage equality in Australia.
What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?
Momentum means many different things to me. I’m especially interested in how my momentum reflects and influences others in our diverse communities. Momentum has the potential to transform people’s lives in so many different ways.
What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you?
Audience members can expect to see momentum like they’ve never seen it before! Using humour, wit and charm, I will challenge the audience members to think about the social labels we commonly use and the impact that they can have on people’s lives. I will also show the audience that I am not afraid to laugh at myself.
What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?
I’m most looking forward to sharing the day with the other speakers and having the opportunity to engage with as many audience members as possible. I want to share my unique insights and perspectives to challenge the way people think and feel about people like me.
What do you like most about Canberra?
I like that Canberra is a vibrant, growing, ever-changing and inclusive city. I’m also a huge fan, of the now world-famous, “freak shakes” and would love one day to have one named after me.
Fun Fact. What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?
I love art and have many pieces in my house, including a very large self-portrait.
Not long now until you’ll get to see Wayne perform at TEDxCanberra2017 – Don’t forget to get your tickets.