Jacqui Kirkman - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Using everyday technology to assist the disabled

Located in Brisbane

Jacqui Kirkman is a Brisbane teacher who uses her knowledge and skills in technology to assist students with a disability and their support networks. She is an assistive technology specialist, with a track record of providing innovative digitally enhanced solutions to all age groups and diversity.

Many people don’t realise the potential of smart devices and Jacqui opens their eyes to possibilities of connecting with others, maintaining independence and achieving goals.

Jacqui voluntarily presents at conferences and expos, speaks to people with disabilities and members of their support network. She finds that audience members are often astonished at the accessibility capacity of their regular devices and they leave armed with knowledge and confidence to implement their new learnings.

She speaks informally to groups to demonstrate how to start on a disability insurance plan, and how they can use technology to connect with others, maintain independence and reach their goals.

Her fellow teachers also benefit from Jacqui’s digital expertise. She shows them various ways to use technology so they in turn can provide assistance to their students who have a disability or a learning difference. Jacqui is also an administrator of a dyslexia support group where she offers advice on assistive technology.

Jacqui’s activities:

Developing a blog aimed at sharing information, hacks and tips about getting the most out of digital devices for people with a disability. This blog is intended to be an assistive tool to carers, family and support networks. Planned monthly updates will aim to share information across platforms so as many people in Queensland and around the world can benefit from this life-changing information.

Jacqui is nominated by Community Resourcing

Using everyday technology to assist the disabled

Located in Brisbane

Jacqui Kirkman is a Brisbane teacher who uses her knowledge and skills in technology to assist students with a disability and their support networks. She is an assistive technology specialist, with a track record of providing innovative digitally enhanced solutions to all age groups and diversity.

Many people don’t realise the potential of smart devices and Jacqui opens their eyes to possibilities of connecting with others, maintaining independence and achieving goals.

Jacqui voluntarily presents at conferences and expos, speaks to people with disabilities and members of their support network. She finds that audience members are often astonished at the accessibility capacity of their regular devices and they leave armed with knowledge and confidence to implement their new learnings.

She speaks informally to groups to demonstrate how to start on a disability insurance plan, and how they can use technology to connect with others, maintain independence and reach their goals.

Her fellow teachers also benefit from Jacqui’s digital expertise. She shows them various ways to use technology so they in turn can provide assistance to their students who have a disability or a learning difference. Jacqui is also an administrator of a dyslexia support group where she offers advice on assistive technology.

Jacqui’s activities:

Developing a blog aimed at sharing information, hacks and tips about getting the most out of digital devices for people with a disability. This blog is intended to be an assistive tool to carers, family and support networks. Planned monthly updates will aim to share information across platforms so as many people in Queensland and around the world can benefit from this life-changing information.

Jacqui is nominated by Community Resourcing