As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, we had a chat with Brianna Grigg, Regional Lead, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, and Occupational Therapist about her thoughts on International Women’s Day.

Brianna joined Everyday Independence as a new graduate six years ago. Since then, Brianna has progressed her career into leadership and behavioural support, two areas she is particularly passionate about.

Brianna shares why today is important to her, what she enjoys about working at Everyday Independence, and her advice for women exploring a career in disability.

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

COVID 19 created additional challenges and pressures for many people. Changes occurred quickly across many aspects of our lives, from the way children learned, how we worked, provided care, and how we engaged with each other. Many of these changes had profound impacts on women with disabilities and women caring for family members living with a disability who often rely on supports and services to meet their needs and stay connected.

Today highlights how important it is for individuals and society to continue advocating, challenging, and transforming our views about women and disability to ensure women with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.

What do you enjoy about working at Everyday Independence?

Everyday Independence gives me the opportunity to do what I love – supporting people with disabilities to live their life to their full potential.

I feel very lucky to be part of an organisation that has such a strong focus on developing people’s skills.  We are encouraged to pursue our areas of interest and to develop our skills and I really value this support and the ongoing opportunities that Everyday Independence continues to provide.

I also want to acknowledge the people at Everyday Independence. We’re fortunate to be a team of people who are incredibly supportive, welcoming, and committed to what they do. It a workplace that inspires you to be your best and push your comfort zone to create opportunities for change.

Our team is 87% female and I really feel a sense of sisterhood and connection to help each other be our best selves. Within this culture, we can then make positive impacts on the people we support.

What advice would you give to someone considering working in disability?

It’s a great time to explore opportunities in the disability industry and sector.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created many opportunities for allied health professionals who want to work with and support people living with disabilities.

Our organisation is growing across many parts of Australia and we’re always looking out for talented therapists who want to make an impact in the lives of people with disabilities.

Happy International Women’s Day!