Disability education advocate David Roy shares his story

David Roy
Image: David Roy- Doctor of Education at University of Newcastle

David Roy is an advocate for children with disability and their families. Find out more about how he is using his voice for change.

"I've been in education for nearly 30 years and I've always been involved in inclusion. I have a disability myself called dyspraxia, which affects coordination. It's why I went into drama, because drama teaches you to focus on your movements. I became an actor and musician, but preferred doing workshops with young people. I did my teacher training and never looked back.

One of my proudest moments occurred in the late 1990s. I had a student who had autism. It was one of the first times I'd really come across the official diagnosis. He was a challenge to work with, but he passed his Year 12 Drama. It was the only subject he passed, because he was included.

Now I lecture in education and work on disability and inclusion as well - writing, teaching, doing research and supporting policy development.

When I became an academic I suddenly had a voice that was listened to. I have a duty to use it for those who are not being listened to. Not to take their voice, but to share their voice.

I use my voice to work with the systems we've got to get the best outcomes for children with disability and families."

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