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Jody Ann Barney

Jody Ann Barney - Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2021 - Change Agent
Change Agent

Jody is the founder of Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy Pty Ltd. She is a proud deaf Aboriginal woman from Queensland. She has worked as an expert communications consultant for Deaf Mob with Disabilities locally, state and nationally. Jody’s multifaceted communication approaches are based on expert collaboration and practical application skills developed over 35 years in the industry. Jody provides cultural overlaid experiences to ensure that First Nations women with disabilities can participate, adapt and confidently overcome barriers and complex communication challenges in their lives. Jody enhances the capacity of First Nations women with disabilities using a combination of direct service delivery, cultural ways of knowing, doing and being. Jody mentors, cultivates and provides a network of First Nations women with disabilities and their allies to hone their skills and create belonging in their communities. Jody is the first deaf Aboriginal woman global alumni of the Atlantic Fellows program, chair of an all First Nations community-led philanthropy in Victoria (Koondee Woogna-gat Toor-rong) and a proud mother and grandmother.