Meet the team who are leading our Disability Pride Project.

Meet the Team


Jun (he/him)

Youth Engagement Officer

Hi, my name is Jun, I use he/him pronouns, and I'm coordinating our Disability Pride Project. I’m Malaysian-born Chinese, now living on Wurundjeri land.

I love making videos and simple animations, and I worked on another youth-led content creation project with YDAS last year. I'm looking forward to working with the Project Advisory Group.

Mac - Young person with curly blue hair smiling. He has a feeding tube.

Mac (he/him)


Hi, my name is Mac, I use he/him pronouns, and I'm a facilitator for the Disability Pride Project. I am a proud queer, CALD, disabled young person. I love reading, writing, public speaking, bullet journalling, and wheelchair sports.

Disability pride is a topic I am very passionate about, so I am super excited to be supporting the project. I can't wait to meet the Project Advisory Group members!

Julie, a short statured young person with blonde hair and glasses

Julie (she/her)

Disability Pride Advisory Group Member

Julie is a short statured writer and editor based in Naarm. She enjoys reading and writing contemporary young adult novels. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Deakin University.

In 2022, she received a The Write Space fellowship from Varuna and a Hot Desk fellowship from The Wheeler Centre. She is a hardcover book and journal collector, obsessed with drinking bubble tea, and is an avid oxford comma user.


Maya (she/they)

Disability Pride Advisory Group Member

My name is Maya, I’m currently in High School and I’m Deaf. I was born Deaf and my family has both Deaf and hearing people as well. I enjoy reading a wide variety of books in my spare time, when not doing homework, of course!


Max (they/them)

Disability Pride Advisory Group Member

Max is a 23-year-old autistic nonbinary young person whose special interests include neuroqueer identities, birds, photography and horror novels.

They have two cats (Lana and Harley) who support them in all their endeavours.


Anna (she/her)

Disability Pride Advisory Group Member

Anna is an 18 year old person with a visual impairment based in Naarm. She is very passionate about disability advocacy and is actively present in the field of assisting those living with a disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Anna has worked with PCE (Power in Culture and Ethnicity) who serve disabled individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She also participated in a couple of DFFH-funded projects in 2022. Anna profoundly enjoys singing, songwriting and performing her compositions. Her first music video was published at the end of 2022.

Anna is currently undertaking tertiary studies in music performance and invisions her future as a dedicated musician and performer as well as a compassionate disability advocate speaking up for others.

Jessi, a young woman who is a wheelchair user, wearing glasses and a black t-shirt.

Jessi (she/her)

Disability Pride Advisory Group Member

Jessi is a disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent disability advocate living on Wurundjeri/Kulin Nations land. She is passionate about inclusive practices and accessibility.

Jessi works across national and state spaces promoting and advocating for inclusive practices for people with disabilities. She is currently working with Disability Sports Australia in facilitating inclusive practices within sports clubs, as well on a lived experience project with the Disability Resources Centre.

Her disability advocacy work is endorsed by VicHealth and YACVic, appearing in various places including ABC News/Radio and YACVic's 2022 Youth Forum. She also teaches art and creates her own art pieces, and is training for the 2028 LA Paralympics in Boccia.