With lived experience in disability, being partially deaf, Stephanie Page aims to truly make a difference in the lives of people with a disability. 8 March is International Women’s Day – to celebrate, this week we’re profiling the talented women across DSA.
Starting in the disability sector in 2009 as a support worker, Stephanie wanted to increase her knowledge within the industry and use those skills to best support people with a disability.
“I have lived experience being partially deaf and going to a supported school. I wanted to continue supporting people to experience all the opportunities that were available to me growing up.”
Stephanie started with DSA in April 2022 as the Sales and Relationships Manager. She supports the Participant Champion team, who are the key conduit between participants, internal and external stakeholders, families and the NDIA.
“Supporting a team who are key individuals in goal setting and putting them into action is exciting. Seeing dreams come into action and being there for our operations teams, at the forefront of the support, is very rewarding.”
Her role is based around developing and implementing processes to support the department to meet needs of participants within the Supported Independent Living, Individual Support & Social Connections sites.
“Developing and implementing new processes and seeing the results is something I have passion for and being a part of the positive outcomes for our participants is incredibly fulfilling. Seeing our participants work towards their goals and continuously upskill themselves and engage in new and exciting opportunities is something I enjoy every day.”
An advocate for equality
Equality is something that Stephanie values and believes that it is something that all organisations should work towards.
“I am lucky to work within a team and under a fantastic manager who listens and supports me within the business. My needs, wants and situation are always considered, and I have incredible peers who lift me up daily. All staff should have this opportunity and considerations.”
Stephanie is passionate about the disability sector and is encouraging of anyone who thinks they would be the right fit for positions in this area.
When asked what advice she would give to other women thinking about getting into the disability sector, she said, “Do it – if you are interested and have passion for supporting others than this sector is for you.”