PhD Student, University of Technology Sydney
Scott Avery is the Research and Policy Director at the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), a community-based Indigenous Disabled Peoples Organisation, and PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney.
An Aboriginal man who is also profoundly deaf, he actively participates in the First Peoples' disability community to create an authentically grounded approach to Indigenous disability research and policy.
He recently authored a book "Culture is Inclusion: A narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait IsIander people with disability", which presented the outcomes of a community-directed research which collected the personal testimony and statistical data on the experiences of Indigenous people with disability in Australia.
He has been appointed to numerous government and research advisory panels, and has presented on behalf of the First Peoples disability community in Australia and at the United Nations.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full national rollout in July 2016 with a fundamental objective to give those with a disability choice and control over their daily lives. Participants can use funds...