Natalee Thomas; I am passionate about art, education, disabled rights, accessibility and advocacy; especially when all are combined. I am working with Accessible Arts N.S.W and a number of art based organisations in the A.C.T to make exhibitions and live events accessible. I am also working with Tuggeranong Arts Centre to further accessibility and to promote artisits with disability. I also assisting multiple individuals with disability to access needed services, and on occasion do contracted safety and accessibility auditing for different agencies and organisations. I have a degree in visual arts in traditional printmaking and drawing, and have done multiple courses in disability and accessibility practice. I also specialise in training in the following areas: Accessibility and Disability, Rights of People with Disability, Self-Confidence and Supported Decision-Making for People with Disability, and more.
Brett is a Child of Deaf Adults and the only native-speaking Auslan interpreter in Canberra. During the last 20 years Brett Olzen has worked as an interpreter with Territory and Federal Government, with Prime Ministers and the Dalai Lama, and at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards.
Brett worked with Canberra Institute of Technology for over ten years and advocated for inclusion and access for Deaf students and has frequently volunteered to interpret for fundraising events, community events, sports clubs and church groups, and worked outside regular business hours including emergency call outs.
Some of the events and programs that Brett has made more accessible and inclusive include Rebus Theatre performances, The BOLD Festival, a dance program at Belconnen Arts Centre, computer access programs, and guided tours at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Brett Olzen was a finalist for the Life Time Achievement in Supporting People with Disability award at the 2019 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards.