Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability - Independent adviser to the WA Minister for Disability Services - Keeping government informed

Jethro Hepton

Mr David Carrington

1st Term: 01/01/16 – 31/12/17

David Carrington is deaf blind and has lived experience of dual sensory disability. Mr Carrington has managed to overcome many of life’s challenges and lives independently. Despite his disability he has always tried to live mainstream in his interactions with society.

Mr Carrington is university educated; he has always been employed and has worked in mainstream areas. He has worked across Private, Not for Profit and Government. He is currently employed permanently and fulltime by the Housing Authority. Mr Carrington is also the inaugural chairman of Deaf Blind West Australia and a participant of various Leadership WA community projects.

He said that this is the main sector of the disability community that he believes he can represent, those people with disabilities who want to be as normal and mainstream as possible.

Mr Carrington said that the introduction of the NDIS brings about a significant shift in the disability sector in Australia. It is his desire to act in a way that informs and shapes how the sector evolves in the future. He said that although he lives independently, there is a deficit between being independent and being able to live a fulfilling life, and this is a gap that he hopes to address.