Microboards Australia provides ongoing education and mentoring programs for people with disability, their families and natural support networks to form and work with a Microboard to build a good life alongside the person that has a disability.
We have bases in Perth and Canberra but work with families all around Australia.
Microboards Australia Ltd, was formed in 2007 following a visit from Linda Perry, the Executive Director of Vela Microboards Association in British Columbia, Canada.
Jaquie is a Director at Microboards Australia and is based in Perth. She is also a parent of a young man with complex disability and challenging behaviours who has a Microboard. Jaquie trained as a high school teacher and is passionate about individualised service provision. She is an advisor to individuals and families with WA’s Individualised Services. You can read a bit more about Sheree and Jaquie’s personal story here.
Sheree is a Director of Microboards Australia and is based in Canberra. She is the mother of a young man with a complex disability. She has a powerful personal story that many families can relate to and enjoys sharing how she went from being a tired single mum that saw no future for herself or her son to working with a Microboard and building a life for him that is embedded in his local community where he is happy and thriving. Her 15 years as a teacher and university lecturer has given her excellent skills in speaking, teaching, advocacy and mentoring. You can read a bit more about Sheree and Jaquie’s personal story here.
Bronwyn has worked within a variety of human services with her focus on supporting individuals and families to plan, develop and self-direct their supports. Her current role has seen her working closely with families to co-design a family partnership model of support specifically targeted towards families who are living with challenging behavior.
Our Collaboration Partners
Vela Canada informs our practice and they say that we inspire them.
Inclusion Alberta hosted 3 Microboards Australia families on exchange to lean best practice and have continued to support us.
PLAN Canada founders Al Etmanksi and Vicki Cammack have provided us with mentoring support.
Tim Smith is a business coach who helps us to design robust person centred business systems.
DSC has funded the above ECU Communications project and we also collaborate with them on the Positive Behaviours Strategy.
Western Australia Individualised Services takes care of our governance needs and we act as consultatns in the area of family leadership.
Microboard members have presented at Curtin University of Technology’s, Curtin Corner and other lecture series. The School of Occupational Therapy is our partner in an inclusive employment project.
My Place worked with us to create shared management options in the Lower Great Southern area of Western Australia which has been crucial to good outcomes in the region.
Edith Cowan University is our partner in writing the Masters level communication units.
The Developmental Disability Council of Western Australia has funded Microboards Australia resources for our support groups.
Gayle Porter and the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Victoria are working with us to establish best communication practice for people with complex needs.