MS Sally Baker

MS Sally Baker

Positions

  • Disability Inclusion
  • Disability Inclusive Education
  • Disability Measurement
  • Humanitarian Response and Recovery
  • International Development
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Overview

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  • Sally provides technical assistance and capacity development support to inform international development programs and research which aim to improve the quality of life of people with disability in low income countries. Sally has fifteen years experience working with donors, NGOs, Disabled People's Organisations, United Nations agencies and research institutes across Asia and the Pacific towards equitable health and education outcomes for people with disability. For most of these years, Sally has lived in the Pacific and Asian countries in which she has been working.

    Sally is a Disability Advisor to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to several large DFAT-funded programs in the region, including the Vanuatu Technical and Vocational Education and Training program, and the Access to Quality Education Program in Fiji. Sally also advises WHO, CBM, Oxfam and others. 

    Sally currently leads the Building evidence and capacity for disability inclusive disaster response and recovery project in Vanuatu, and is a co-investigator on research projects which focus on access to sexual and reproductive health services for women with disability in the Philippines, and development of contextualised inclusive education indicators in the Pacific.

    Sally was part of a team which developed and validated the Rapid Assessment of Disability (RAD) toolkit, which provides development agencies with a mechanism to determine the situation of people with disability, and to measure the effectiveness of progarms which aim to include them. The RAD has since been utilised in several countries around the world, and Sally has provided technical support to these efforts. 

    Sally has a keen interest in working closely with partners in low income countries towards disability inclusion, in a contextualised, effective and sustainable way.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS). Board Member 2009 -

Publications

Selected publications

Awards

Education and training

  • MA, Victoria University of Technology 2004
  • BAppSc (OT), University of Sydney 1997

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