Annette is the mother of 5 children, her youngest son has an intellectual disability. Annette has a passion for her son's right to lead an ordinary life filled with learning opportunities that are only possible when embedded in the fabric of the community. Her son has taken part in an initiative on the Mid North Coast to demonstrate to the community how a person with a disability can work in a local business in open employment successfully with some support. Her son also attends TAFE and enjoys many community activities. Annette has been associated with Family Advocacy for fifteen years and learnt many skills in navigating and advocating for her son's life. Annette is eager and passionate in wanting to help other families to create good lives for their sons and daughters.