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We are pleased to announce our speakers for OSS 2021: 

Amanda Lowry

Amanda broke her neck eight years ago in a surfing accident. The accident, that rendered her a tetraplegic, set her life on a new trajectory. Post – injury she slowly began to build a new life with her young family finding innovative ways to do the things she loved. Amanda got back in the water and spent two years learning to move her body and swim again. She started playing wheelchair rugby and found the freedom and joy of competitive sport, and connected with a fabulous community that helped her negotiate the realities of her new body. Both swimming and wheelchair rugby offered Amanda high-performance opportunities, she chose swimming. There is never been an athlete with her level of impairment ever swim for New Zealand. Amanda believes that involvement in sport is transformational and is currently working towards a PhD examining welfare and care in high-performance disability sport. Prior to her accident she had received a Masters SocSc for her work on Māori State engagement. She works with several not-for-profit organisations in the disability sector. Her research interests examine the structures and institutions that underpin the exclusion of minority groups.

Associate Professor Tim Adlam

Dr Tim Adlam is an Associate Professor of Global Disability Innovation at UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub in London, and director of the multidisciplinary MSc in Disability, Design and Innovation. For over 20 years, Tim has worked to create technology to enable disabled people to do what they want to do, working across physical and cognitive disability, including early powered mobility and dynamic seating for children with dystonia. He advocates a thoroughly engaged approach that solves problems that matter to disabled people with beautiful, useful and usable technology. Children are born curious so it is important that we enable all children to do what they love to do: to explore and discover the unknown in the world and in themselves. To do this, they need to move. Tim is father of a child with autism and cerebral palsy who has taught him never to make assumptions about what is possible.

Professor Rachael McDonald

Professor Rachael McDonald is currently the Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Swinburne University of Technology and the research program lead in Chronic Disease and Disability in the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute.  Rachael is a clinical, teaching and research health professional who is passionate about supporting people living with disabilities to participate in the life situations that they want and need to, and has/is supervising 17 research students, has over 100 publications including 50 in peer reviewed journals and has attracted over $4m of research funding to enable this to occur.  Placing people at the heart of research about them is key.

Jean Minkel


Ms. Minkel is a physical therapist and master clinician well recognized for her work in Assistive Technology. She is currently the Senior Vice President at  ICS - Independence Care System, a not for profit, care management agency for persons living with a physical disability in New York City; where she also leads the, On A Roll seating clinic Jean has been an invited keynote speaker at conferences in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.  She is a published author, including many peer reviewed journal articles and most recently, she co-edited, with Michelle Lange, the newly published textbook, Seating and Wheeled Mobility – a Clinical Resource Guide. The A.T. community has recognized Jean for her contributions by awarding to her, the RESNA Fellow award in 1995 and the Sam McFarland Mentor Award in 2012.

Lisbeth Nilsson

PhD, Reg. Occupational Therapist
Associated to Lund University, Sweden

Lisbeth Nilsson is a PhD and specialist in occupational therapy and associated researcher of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at Lund University, Sweden. She developed the intervention Driving to Learn™ in powered wheelchair for people with profound cognitive disabilities. Her special interests are tool use learning and assessment and facilitation of the learning process. She and her collaborator Durkin, PhD and OT, UK, developed the Assessment of Learning Powered mobility use (ALP).

Her current focus is implementation of the ALP tool in powered mobility intervention and other fields of assistive technology. She is actually collaborating and carrying out research nationally and internationally with OTs, PTs and SLPs; and she has presented and published her findings worldwide since 1998.

Dr Carlee Holmes

Carlee is the senior physiotherapist in the Young Adult Complex Disability Service (YACDS) at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and also works in private neurological practice.  The YACDS is a transition service from paediatric to adult healthcare for young adults with complex medico physical disabilities including cerebral palsy.

Carlee has a particular interest in the measurement of postural asymmetry in non-ambulant adults with cerebral palsy and is currently completing a PhD investigating "Assessment and Management of the common postural characteristics in young adults with Cerebral palsy".  She has also gained additional certification in Postural Care and Measurement of Body Symmetry.

Carlee is a research associate for CP Achieve and involved in the consumer working group.  She is also a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Lifespan committee.

Carlee has worked in spasticity clinics for both the general neurological population and for adults with cerebral palsy. She has also been involved in presenting a course on “Understanding Wheelchair Prescription” alongside conference workshops and presentations.

Carlee has several publications related to the measurement of postural asymmetry in adults with cerebral palsy. The translation of knowledge and research findings regarding the measurement and monitoring of postural asymmetry and the secondary consequences is a key focus area with the aim of educating clinicians and improving the lifespan care of adults living with complex disabilities.

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