Liberator Australia has selected a team of professionals to provide our customers with the latest in product services, training and support for communication, inclusion and independence. Meet the Liberator Australia team.
<p><span>Nigel has over 30 years’ involvement in the disability sector, including almost a decade spent building up Access Cabs, the wheelchair accessible taxi service, in Adelaide. During that time, he worked with, & got to know, many people with significant impairments. In 1999 Nigel undertook a postgraduate qualification in Disability Studies at Flinders University under Professor Roy Brown. This served to increase his personal awareness of the vital issues faced daily by Liberator's customers. Prior to founding Liberator in 2007, Nigel invested seven years in successfully managing the Assistive Technology business unit at Novita Children's Services Incorporated.</span></p>
<p>Benjamin is a speech pathologist based in Melbourne. He works as an AAC speech pathology consultant for Liberator and owns a private practice where he largely supports those in need of AAC. He has spent his career supporting individuals with profound communication impairments and in recent years has spent considerable time educating speech pathologists, parents and educators about AAC intervention.</p>
Jo is a Speech Pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. Jo has worked in a variety of not-for-profit organisations and gained experienced supporting children and adults with complex communication needs and their families. Jo has gained confidence working in a variety of settings such as home, schools and in the community and is passionate about promoting meaningful communication in everyday contexts using AAC.
<p><span>Freya Allen is a Speech Pathologist based in Perth, working part time for Liberator. Freya has worked in the disability sector in WA for over 7 years, with both adults and children with developmental disabilities. Freya is also the younger sister of a MinSpeak user, so brings with her a long personal and professional history with complex communication, AAC and Liberator systems. Freya has a passion for making a difference in the lives of those with complex communication needs and their families through education, inclusion and support.</span></p>
<p>Peta is a Speech Pathologist based in Brisbane, providing face to face and remote support for Liberator. Peta enjoys supporting individuals to find their ideal communication solution, and assisting support networks to maximise their skills in AAC. Peta brings experience from supporting individuals with complex communication needs across various settings, in both Australia and the UK.</p>
<p>Jessica is a Speech Pathologist based in Brisbane, working full time for Liberator. Jessica has worked with children, adults, families and educators across a range of settings in both face to face and consultative roles. She has also had the opportunity to work in rural, regional and metropolitan areas. Jessica enjoys setting goals with individuals that are most important to them and sharing in the joy when each step towards a goal is achieved.</p>
<p>Delara is a Speech Pathologist based in Perth. She has worked extensively with children and adults with complex communication needs in various community and education settings. Delara has provided direct AAC services as well as supported other therapists to prescribe communication devices that meet the needs of the individual and their family. Most recently Delara has provided training and consultation to therapists all across Western Australia. Delara is passionate about helping individuals with disability find their voice through AAC, and training communication partners so that they have the confidence and knowledge to support AAC.</p>
Ash is based in Sydney & works full-time for Liberator in tandem with Leanna Fox, delivering therapy services. She is a skilful clinician with a huge amount of experience in the field, having previously been a part of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance organisation. Ash is able to work very effectively in conjunction with other speech pathologists yet can also operate in a solo capacity. She brings a tremendous energy & focus to improving AAC competency for device users & is a welcome addition to Liberator’s elite team.
Leanna is a speech pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. As a speech pathologist Leanna has supported people with complex communication needs, their families, teachers and therapists in Ireland, rural NSW, Sydney and Vietnam (Trinh Foundation). She is passionate about educating and supporting people to become confident & competent with AAC across all environments and activities. Leanna now focusses upon delivering Therapy Services for Liberator, along with clinical supervision & training.
Eleanor is based in Melbourne & works part time for Liberator delivering therapy services. Her previous work as a Special Developmental School based therapist has enabled her to develop skills working within classrooms to support access to the curriculum, and outside the classroom providing support to teaching teams to develop inclusive programs and plan for AAC device use. She is currently collaborating with Karen Stagnitti on a therapy manual to provide the accommodations and adaptations required to run a play program for teenagers with additional needs.
Merryn is a speech pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. She joined Liberator in 2015 as the Victorian consultant, based in Melbourne. With recent experience working in the Autism field, Merryn has gained a wide range of clinical experience through her roles in education and not-for-profit settings in QLD, NSW and VIC. Merryn strongly believes that every person has the right to spontaneous, independent communication, and she is committed to sharing this message. Heading up Liberator’s Consultant Team has allowed Merryn to ensure we provide consistent, quality support through the complex process of acquiring AAC.