Jan is the Director of Imagine More, a family-led organisation based in Canberra. Jan co-founded Imagine More in 2013 to strengthen family leadership and advocacy for people with a disability to get the good things of life. Imagine More’s guiding principles are inclusion, valued social roles, positive relationships, family involvement and community contribution. Jan’s work was recognised with a nomination for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards.
Jan uses a refreshing and strength-based approach to ‘visioning’ for the good life that families say provides hopes and a clear way forward. Individuals with a disability then have a better chance of a meaningful life in the community through valued social roles as, for example, employee, friend and homeowner. Identifying where paid support is needed and intentionally developing freely given relationships is a key focus.
Having a child with a disability has sharpened Jan’s skills for building relationships, advocacy and seeking valued social roles. Jan has demonstrated expertise in change agency, community development, individual and family advocacy, facilitation of meetings and workshops, research and management.
Jan regularly facilitates workshops to empower individuals with a disability and their families. This includes capacity building workshops to explore what is a good life, how to plan; safeguard and how to intentionally build community connection. Jan’s own experience of establishing her son’s Circle of Support, has equipped her to better support families to take the first step, gain confidence and provide motivation.
Jan is passionate about working towards the success of inclusive education. Jan believes that individuals with a disability can hold valued social roles and contribute in their local communities. Jan strives to build the capacity of families and communities to see how we can all support each other.Jan loves being with family and friends, chatting over a cup of tea, reading, gardening and enjoys running with friends in the beautiful Canberra reserves.
Jan loves being with family and friends, chatting over a cup of tea, reading, gardening and enjoys running with friends in the beautiful Canberra reserves.
Paul has lived experiences in the development of children in a wide variety of contexts. He is a strong advocate for inclusive education and for individuals with a disability to hold valued roles in the community.
Paul’s journey in understanding the impact of disability is a long one. Having not really met anyone with a disability before his son Jack was born, he has grown from a framework of ‘what will society provide for my son’ to one where he believes it is up to us to build individual, family and community capacity.
Paul has a bachelor of Commerce, he has worked as a financial controller of a small wool company, as a farmer, and successfully developed a medium sized agricultural company, acting as managing director and developing a comprehensive irrigation plan for a 10,000 acre property. In recent years Paul has worked as a school teacher aiming to develop a practical, strong and workable view on inclusive education. Whilst he believes schools are proactive in their approach he advocates further development in attitudes by families, teachers and the wider community can achieve better outcomes for all.
Paul travelled to Canada in 2011 and spent a year there observing and participating in the education system in Alberta. He has a commitment to his community in acting as a volunteer soccer coach in the winter and swimming coach in the summer. Paul’s main passion is his family, rugby, the Sydney Swans and road cycling.
Originally trained as an architect, Adrienne’s personal and professional interests shifted significantly after her son Carl was diagnosed with autism in 2001 and she sought to understand how best to help him.
Attending the Belonging Matters conference in 2013 was a pivotal moment for her. Her understanding of what could be possible for Carl expanded as she listened to so many stories of people with a disability attaining fulfilling lives, rich in relationships and valued roles in their community.
Since then she continued to learn more about the art of building good lives for people with a disability. Adrienne has worked with Imagine More since 2015.