Rick Neagle – Founder and Executive Chairman of Cout Me In Foundation
Rick is proud Dad to Taylah (20) and Mitchell, (18). Mitchell has autism spectrum disorder and attends St Patrick’s Special School. Through his personal experience as a family carer, Rick has become a strong advocate on many disability issues including the provision of services for people with autism.
Rick is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Count Me In Foundation. CMI is a not-for- profit organisation, with charity status, operating in South Australia. It is founded and majority managed by people with disability.
CMI believes that by including people with a disability and their carers in the management, design and delivery of universal design principles in public places and buildings, we will create a better and more participant driven community.
Rick is passionate about South Australia, the Norwood Football Club (NFC) and the Parade precinct of the Norwood Community. He played in 3 premierships for the NFC in the SANFL competition in; Under 19, League and League Reserve levels. He continues to enjoy an active connection with the club, including as Board Member of the NFC, Board Member of the Redlegs Foundation, member of the Past Players Committee and History Committee. Rick served as the Club Physiotherapist for 15 years after retiring from the game in 1987 and was awarded a Life Membership of the NFC.
Rick worked in the private health industry as an accredited APA Sports Physiotherapist and was a partner of the Wakefield Sports clinic for 20 years. He was president of the Australian Sports Federation Education Committee and served for many years on the Private Practitioner Group Committee (SA Branch). Rick has post graduate qualifications in Acupuncture, Financial Investment and Business Management.
Rick is also Dignity Party President, and is an active spokesperson for the organisation. He stood as candidate in the electorate of Dunstan (formerly Norwood) in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 SA.
Lily Durkin – Minutes Secretary and Administration and Inclusion Officer for Count Me In Foundation
Lily is 20 years of age and passionate about the law and the way advocacy can affect change in all our lives, especially for key minority groups. Lily has a physical disability called Larsen Syndrome, a connective tissue which limits her mobility; she is an ambulatory wheelchair user.
Lily became involved with the foundation after noticing a lack of implementation and awareness of accessibility for people with disabilities through her own lived experience of disability. Lily is a passionate advocate for universal design principles, promoting accessibility for everyone, with disabilities and other mobility issues (older persons, parents with prams etc.)
Lily is also passionate about expressing that universal design not only encompasses physical access such as adequate ramps and changing places, but also for people with intellectual, sensory and psycho-social disabilities through signage, sensory rooms etc.
As a young woman with a disability, Lily wants to work towards the availability of more support, opportunity and engagement for young people. She also sees the need for strong voices and fresh ideas for youth to be part of the disability decision making process in South Australia.
Lily is passionate about being involved in the planning of law that represents the wishes of the community, including incorporation of long overdue universal design principles and provision of open space.
Lily has extensive skills in social media engagement and understands the advantages in using social media platforms.
Lily is using her voice to achieve positive change towards universal design in South Australia. Lily is a university student and a mentor. Lily is also an active member of the Dignity Party and was the 2018 Lower House Candidate for Badcoe. Lily is also a member of the Moonlight Speakers leadership and public speaking team supported by Community Bridging Services.
Angus Fowler – Secretary to the Board of Count Me In Foundation
Angus lives with a disability, specifically cerebral palsy which impacts his mobility, resulting in the use of crutches and a wheelchair. He first entered the disability sector as a volunteer, assisting at CARA’s camps for kids with disabilities program. Volunteering persuaded him to study Social Work at Flinders University, completing the degree in 2013.
Angus was first exposed to disability advocacy aged nineteen, joining Julia Farr Youth, a group run by young people, for young people advocating around issues important to young people living with disability. He has an interest in equal education opportunities for young people with disability, advocating strongly for a successful transition into post-schooling options. He now chairs Julia Farr Youth as of October 2017 and also co- facilitates several of the committees Peer Support initiatives.
During his university degree, Angus undertook placements at the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (now Starlight) and Disability SA, working extensively in project work. Upon graduating, he worked at Disability SA in case management, the Lifetime Support Authority, again focusing on project work and assisting with linking clients into community rehabilitation upon discharge from hospital. The Epilepsy Centre saw Angus working in project work alongside young people and he currently works as an administration Officer at the Don Dunstan Foundation.
Angus currently serves as secretary of the Count Me In Foundation, a Foundation advocating for greater inclusion and opportunities for people living with disability and currently studies Journalism at the University of South Australia, intending to use the skills learned as part of his advocacy.
With an ageing population, and for people with mobility access needs, Angus says many footpaths urgently need to be upgraded. He also wants to champion the issues faced by young carers, improve mental health services, and ensure increased education in schools about disability.
As a young man with a disability, Angus understands the need to improve the access to employment and to secure financial well-being for all.