Your AT Chat team
Your AT Chat team
The small, passionate team is made up of people with a variety of different abilities and diverse skill sets. The team is dedicated to co-designing all aspects of the project to ensure that AT Chat is delivering peer-led AT information that is relevant and helpful to the community.
We acknowledge the incredible contributions of the founding members who have now moved on to other projects within the sector: Francine Snadden, Danielle Loizou-Lake, Jocelyn Franciscus and Nick Passanisi. All members past and present are privileged to be able to work with the fantastic AT community to continue to promote lived experience, knowledge and peer-led AT information.
Kristy is passionate about co-design and production. She has over 15 years’ experience delivering successful project outcomes across the tertiary and not-for-profit sectors, with an emphasis on social enterprise and peer support initiatives.
National Engagement Lead
Neil drives AT Chat's digital content and is one of our founding members. He has produced a diverse range of content and campaigns for the arts, not-for-profit and political sectors. He is passionate about telling stories that you wouldn't find in mainstream media and giving people a platform to share their voice.
AT Navigator and Project Support
Gail Stacey has worked within the health and disability sectors for over 30 years. Her lived experience of having a vision impairment and understanding of the barriers people with disability face in their community, fuels her desire to help people connect with resources that can help them lead the lives they choose.
Kate is an occupational therapist with broad experience working in the disability sector in the community, schools, homes and workplaces. Her strong interest in communication and education lead her to post graduate studies in special education, literacy and assistive technology. Kate has a passion for working with people to reach their goals and live their fullest life.
Accessibility Consultant - Inclusive World
Zel is one of the founding members of AT Chat and is passionate about inclusion of everyone in every aspect of life. As a woman living with disability and being from a minority cultural and religious group, Zel possesses both lived and professional experience, knowledge and expertise in empowering people to be active in their community and upskilling organisations and communities to be inclusive.
Project Support Officer (e-Learning)With a family member with disability, and experience in the disability sector and training organisations, Danika is driven to support others in achieving their goals, and working towards an inclusive and empathetic community.
Dr Natasha Layton
Occupational Therapist and Research Partner
Dr Natasha Layton, Swinburne University, practising OT, researching and teaching in AT, disability, and outcomes. Her research approach is one of co-design and focuses on the costs and outcomes of AT. Natasha works with consumers, at state and national levels in Australia with disabled persons’ associations and peak AT bodies, internationally, ISO product standards for AT, and globally with WHO Global Co-Operation on AT Initiative (WHO GATE).
Chiara has worked for over 20 years with people who have complex disabilities. She has a special interest in improving balance and mobility, and preventing falls. Chiara leads research and development at Independent Living Assessment, and started working alongside the AT Chat team in 2020.