Disability champion videos

Watch videos featuring our Disability Champions who share their stories and achievements with us.

Our Disability Champions talk about the inspiring things they’ve done with their lives. They discuss how they manage their disability while achieving their goals.


In this video, Sam talks to us about how his hearing impairment hasn't stopped him from chasing his dreams. Sam’s on the Disability Support Pension and studying at Uni to become a psychologist.

Sam tells us how it hasn't been an easy road for him and how some days it's difficult to manage with a hearing loss. He says no matter how great the burden or emotional strain, if you always stick to your values, you'll come out on top.


In this video, Colleen talks to us about how a back injury at work changed her life. Colleen had to give up her job in a department store and go onto Disability Support Pension. Colleen also tells us how she had to 're-invent' herself.

When Colleen started volunteer work, she discovered what she wanted to do with her career. Colleen’s now studying community services at TAFE. She’s hoping to one day set up a support group for women with low self-esteem. She says she ‘now has an exciting pathway ahead of her and is hoping to go to university’.


In this video, Danielle talks to us about how her life has changed since she started study and planning parties where she sells clothes. She also tells us how both have helped her come out of her shell, meet new people and earn extra money.

Danielle, who has diabetes, tells us that 3 years ago she thought she had no future. She talks about how, with support, she’s turned her life around. Danielle has made a transformation and is studying a Bachelor of Business. She says the most important thing she’s learnt is to never give up.



In this video, Tonia talks to us about getting a part-time job at her local deli. She tells us how this has made her feel independent, capable and good about herself.

Tonia has a connective tissue disorder. She’s been applying for different jobs over the last 10 years without success due to her medical condition. When Tonia started her deli job she thought she’d only last a few months. However, her employer’s support has motivated her to become stronger and better at managing her job.

This part-time job’s given Tonia more than she ever imagined.


In this video, Neil talks about how he has learnt to manage his disability. He also tells us about his full-time study. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder, Neil had to give up his job and found it hard to adjust to this change. When Neil spoke to us, he was surprised by the support, options and services available to him. Neil’s now looking at what he wants to do with his future and says there are so many possibilities for him.


In this video, Bec talks about how autism affected her confidence and ability to work. We hear how Bec's determination, understanding of her disability and support network all come together to help her achieve her goals. Bec’s surprised everyone, especially her parents.


In this video, Kristalee talks about how she managed her disability and achieved her goals.

After a car hit Kristalee and left her with a brain injury, doctors told her she’d never work full-time again. Kristalee went into a state of deep depression and fear. However, she persevered and is now running her own business. Kristalee says, ‘the sky is the limit’.


In this video, Paul talks to us about working part-time as a trolley collector. He also tells us how this work has helped him gain new skills, friends and confidence.

Paul tells us how his learning difficulties made school a real struggle for him and he had no confidence. Since starting part-time work, Paul’s confidence has increased. He says he’s proud of his job, loves being outdoors and will continue to work until he retires.


Page last updated: 23 May 2019