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12 October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

EEON Presents Accessibility: stories from people about the impact when we get it right

Accessibility: stories from people about the impact when we get it right.

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Ever wondered how you can get accessibility right so people with disability are empowered to achieve their full potential?

EEON are delighted to host four great speakers who share their lived experience, the adjustments made for accessibility and the impact for them: in their studies, in their work, in recreation, in business and in their everyday.

Asking people what they need or better still planning for systems that make it simple is respectful and essential.

And remember that old adage about assumptions – avoid them!

Take the time to listen and reflect on the stories today and then do make accessibility part of the norm.

Join us for a hybrid event – online or in person for a networking lunch and hear from:

Accessibility speakers: Saman akbaryan, Kerryn Burgoyne, Jodie Nicks & Paul Pritchard.

Saman Akbaryan, MSc. was born in Iran. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, a Master’s in eCommerce and is now a fresh graduate of The University of Melbourne. His Master of Information Technology, specialising in Human-Computer Interaction, and his lived experience as a proud person with a disability have positioned him perfectly to develop technological solutions for people with disabilities.

He currently works as a Project Manager and UX Specialist at Cultural Infusion.


Jodie Nicks (she/her) Senior Advisor, Disability and Accessibility, Inclusion, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Jodie lives with disability and is a senior adviser for disability and accessibility with the Victorian government. She is driven to creating more inclusive communities for people with disability, particularly for those experiencing multiple, intersecting forms of systemic discrimination.

Jodie worked as a performing artist for many years. In 2016 she was awarded the inaugural Funds in Court Inspire award in recognition of her professional contribution to performing arts and for creating a more inclusive society through her work. She also on the board of Arts Access Victoria.


Paul Pritchard – Author, adventurer, speaker and disability educator. AG Spirit Of Adventure Awardee.

Paul was a cutting-edge rock climber/mountaineer; adventuring in the Himalaya, Patagonia and Baffin Island. During a 1998 world mountaineering trip he acquired a brain injury (ABI) with hemiplegia when a boulder fell on his head. He was climbing on the Totem Pole in Tasmania (See ABC Australian Story 2017).

He now lives in Tasmania and is an international lecturer on the lessons he has learned through adventure and how they have helped him live with, not overcome, disability.

He has written four books including The Totem Pole (2000) and The Mountain Path (2021).

See his reel here.


Kerryn Burgoyne was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 30. In 2007 Kerryn started her own business KTalk aimed at training and educating the community on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

As part of her business, Kerryn wrote and developed six self-help course books on life skills, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The resources she produced, developed and wrote for the community were well received, insightful and provided people with knowledge and assistance. Kerryn also travelled and facilitated seminars throughout Victoria and interstate to far north Qld.

Kerryn commenced a role with state government pre-Covid and over the pandemic worked remotely undertaking transcriptional duties. While this period was challenging, the experience also provided learning in new technology and new experiences.

In the ways of accessibility, Kerryn strongly believes that access benefits everyone!

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RMIT and Online
Building 8, 360 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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