Judy Huett is a 44 year old woman with intellectual disability. She lives in Burnie, Tasmania with her husband Peter. Judy was born and raised in a small community on the West Coast of Tasmania where she attended primary and high school. Since then she has attained qualifications in Disability Support, Aged Care, Information Technology and Small Business Management; and completed leadership development training through Leaders for Tomorrow (2012) and Voice at the Table (2016).
Currently Judy works part-time with Speak Out Association of Tasmania in Self Advocacy Liaison and Support. This involves capacity building with her peers and the Speak Out Members’ Executive. She is admired and respected by people from all walks of life.
An accomplished leader, Judy is best known for her extensive contributions via her voluntary work that includes travelling to Geneva, Switzerland in 2013 with the expert group to talk to and present to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD); the national Our Voice Committee (immediate past Chair) and their many projects around Zero Tolerance and employment, Board member of Inclusion Australia, two terms with the Tasmanian Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC) and member since inception of the Intellectual Disability Reference Group (IDRG). The longevity of Judy’s commitment to the NDIS is evidenced by her participation in the delegation of self advocates to Parliament House Canberra to lobby for the NDIS.
Her long-standing commitment to promoting the human rights of people with intellectual disability and her contribution at a local, national and international level to developing self-advocacy resulted in her being awarded the Tasmanian Disability Community Achievement Award in 2010, and the Individual Award for Human Rights in 2012.
Judy is a skilled speaker and has presented at many conferences over many years including Having a Say, NSWCID, Speak Out, DARU and NDS.