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Jody Barney, Aboriginal Disability Training Consultant and Senior Fellow in Social Equity

Jody Barney, Aboriginal Disability Training Consultant and Senior Fellow in Social Equity

Jody is a Birri-Gubba/Urangan Deaf woman from Queensland. As a leading Aboriginal Disability Cultural Trainer and Consultant, she has worked for over 30 years in the disability space across Australia and internationally.

Jody is the first Deaf Senior Fellow with Atlantic Fellows Social Equity and Global Fellow for Social Change. Jody is very passionate about her work in promoting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities and is widely recognised.

In Victoria, Jody has established both Indigenous and non-Indigenous networks that span more than 20 years and shares her extensive community development, communication and training knowledge at all levels. Her passion for social justice and the rights of Deaf Indigenous Sign Languages has seen her work in the forensic disability space. This work has seen Jody present and give evidence at many parliamentary inquires and a few Royal Commissions.

Jody’s work in the NDIS space started with her role on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and building up into research projects on setting up Aboriginal communities to be better informed. Jody works across the diverse lens of inclusivity and diversity and shares those experiences where they can affect change the most, be it in the home, community, service or government her work is appreciated by all.