Name: Trudy Ryall

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Workplace: Able Australia


I have obtained a number of qualifications, including, previously a Library Technician, Certificate IV in Assessment and Training and currently a Disability Advocate. I am one of the Co-founders of Deafblind Victorians (SELF ADVOCACY GROUP) for 10 years. I have won a few awards in the disability advocacy area.

What are you passionate about?

Advocacy for people with disabilities, including, the deafblind community for equal rights to access all the services they need for a quality of life.

What skills, experience, strengths or knowledge can you offer someone as their mentor?

I have had over 20 years working in a number of industries ranging from library, administration, advocacy, research and am a jack of all trades. I have knowledge of how to research information to assist any person to reach their goals. I have also served on number of boards mostly disability advocacy related to enhance the changes that is needed to assist people with disabilities to reach their dreams and not have barriers stop them shooting for the stars.

Best advice you would give or have been given:

Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

Most important life lessons learned:

The important lessons I have learned in life is to keep going even when you come across a stumbling block, try to be organised to move forward in life and networking widely is invaluable Success is when you actually pick up and keep going, even, when an error is made or you feel like you have failed and it can always be corrected. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. Colin Powell It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It’s about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it’s about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules. Tom Peters 1) To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust. George Ross