Meet Kristen Desmond


Kristen is the Founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby.  She formed this group to ensure that parents and carers very real concerns about their childrens education are taken seriously.


Kristen is a mum and a passionate advocate who believes that every child deserves a quality eductation and is committed to ensuring that the broken disability education system in Tasmania is fixed.


Some of Kristen's experience includes currently serving as:


  • B4 Early Years Coalition Leader 

  • Former Board Chair  – Children and Young People with Disability Australia

  • Member of the Tasmanian Department of Education Inclusive Working Group - Disability Focus

  • Former Member of the Tasmanian Autism Advisory Panel

  • Former Member of the Tasmanian Ministerial Taskforce into Improved Support for Students with Disability.


Kristen has also had her strong advocacy acknowledge with her nomination as a State finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards 2014 and was this year named the 2016 Launceston City Councils Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Tasmania Disability Education Reform Lobby advocates for real change to the Tasmanian Education system to ensure that all students living with disability receive appropriate support at school.

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