Profile: Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champion Cody Skinner

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Cody Skinner was active in the Changing Lives, Changing Communities event in Caboolture in 2018. Cody was part of the organising team, was a speaker, and an active participant over the two days, as well as being part of the Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions program.

Cody is a proud Bidjara man and a local disability advocate within the Caboolture community. He runs his own advocacy business and works with a local disability service provider. He has lived experience of disability as he has autism and is deaf, with Auslan being his first language.

When Cody first heard about the opportunity to be part of the organising team for the Caboolture event, he leapt at the opportunity.

“I am passionate about my community and it was a great way to network and set up business hubs,” Cody says.

During the two-day event in Caboolture in December 2018, Cody shared his story of inclusion with his community. During the second day, he decided to further his work by starting his own project to create a more inclusive community – teaching free Auslan classes to people in Caboolture.

Cody says the Changing Lives, Changing Communities experience was rewarding.

“I had an amazing time and it has helped me set up a great network to make this happen,” Cody says.

“We have had more than 50 people interested in the program,” Cody says.

“We have an Auslan coffee chat every fortnight and an Auslan Class Workshop. We plan to add two more groups as the numbers are growing.”

Cody says the classes have been so popular they have had to move to a larger venue at the Caboolture RSL.

“It’s in the heart of Caboolture. The RSL has excellent accessibility and it’s easy for participants to get to the venue. It’s a great way for community to get involved.”

Cody was also a participant at the Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions program in March 2019. He says the two-day training in March 2019 was valuable and helped to progress his project.

“It helped me to grow my business and develop training skills for my work.”

“It helped me plan and map our Auslan class planning.”

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