Natalie Wade is a respected disability rights lawyer and advocate. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Natalie is the Founder and Principal Lawyer Director of Equality Lawyers, a disability-led, disability rights law firm providing premium legal services to the disability community.
Alistair Baldwin is a writer, director and comedian. His credits include writing an episode for critically acclaimed SBS anthology Erotic Stories, and serving as a staff writer on ABC’s The Weekly, Hard Quiz and Get Krack!n. His debut play Telethon Kid was shortlisted for the Griffin Award and premiered at Malthouse Theatre in 2023. He also directed an episode of the award-winning SBS Digital Original Latecomers.
In 2016 Christina Ryan took one of the most radical steps in her long career of activism and change making: she put the two words disability and leadership into the same sentence. Her next step was founding the Disability Leadership Institute.
Mark Quinn and Alex Notsis – Expression Australia
Nick Horder – Red Bee Media
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Our major sponsors for this event
The Achieve Foundation
Special thanks to Kirsty Nowlan and Sarah Percival.
Our broadcast partners
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The ABC is supported by IDPWD, the Commonwealth Government, for their IDay programming.
DLI disability support crew: Graeme Bayles, Adam McKenna, Alanah Paterson.
Karen Hedley and Megan Munro from the Easy Read Toolbox for looking after our socials.
and a huge list of wonderful ABC staff and crew who have worked on the Oration.
Particular thanks to:
Megan Spindler Smith – ABC
Melissa Hale – VCOSS / Disability Advocacy Resource Unit
The DLI membership includes members of several employee networks who have contributed to the success of Oration 2023. Thank you to:
And our Westpac Ambassadors: Georgia Francis and Emily Moore
Thank you to Paul and the Elizabeth Andrews catering team.