Summer Farrelly

SUMMER FARRELLY

Summer is a 14 year old passionate about breaking down stereotypes and calls herself an “autistic advocate”.

Summer is living with her family that consists of multiple autistic members, each with their own complexities. This means she can share both a relatable and diverse perspective with our community.

We love how Summer is a role mode to other young teens learning to embrace their “authentic selves” and we recognise the courage it takes to share many of her own personal experiences.

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Richard Habelrih

Richard Habelrih

Richard recently launched “Timmy The Turtle”, which is an animated movie whose voice overs are all young autistic people. The story parallels Richard’s own experience growing up with constant bullying and inspires friendship and inclusion.

Despite doctors telling his mum that Richard would never speak, he now presents all around Australia for Autism MATES.

MATES is an acronym for Mates Assisting to Engage Socially because no matter when someone is on the autism spectrum, socialisation is often one of the biggest challenges.

Sam Valavanis

Sam Valavanis

19 year old Sam from Victoria has 2 passions – trains and being on the radio.

Sam is autistic as well as blind, having lost both his eyes to a rare cancer as a child.

Sam is currently studying a Diploma of Audio Engineering and Sound Production at Melbourne’s JMC Academy.

Ultimately Sam wants to have his own radio show to advocate for others with disabilities, presenting the best way to assist without being overbearing and imposing on their personal space.

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Spike Drakoulis

George Drakoulis aka ‘Spike’

George has a love for all things movies.

He spends his time acting (he’s currently filming an NDIS training video), runs a podcast and is an avid filmmaker.

George, or rather ‘Spike’ is also a talented voice actor, having recently been ‘Shane the Shark’ in the “Timmy the Turtle” animation.

The three most important things to George are: people, movies and autism and he believes they intertwine in equal parts to form the person he is and will help him achieve success.

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