Judy Brewer is the Chair of the national Co-operative Research Centre for Living With Autism (Autism CRC). With over fifty partner organisations, including Aspect, Amaze, and ICAN, the Autism CRC is unique not just in terms of size and scope, but because it commissions research across the whole life span. From diagnosis, through early intervention, education and the adult years, the Autism CRC aims to translate research to outcomes that will transform the lives of people living with autism. Participants include universities, service providers, government, corporates, clinicians, peak bodies, and autism and autistic organisations.
Judy is a regular speaker and writer on issues relating to families caring for family members with special needs. As a parent of a young adult with autism, she has been actively involved in an executive capacity in number of autism and carer advocacy organisations including the Autism Council of Australia, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia and the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Ambassador).
Alongside these organisational roles, Judy has also been appointed to a range of Federal and State Government Committees, including Chair of the National Family Carers Voice, panel member for the 2004 Review of the Disability Carer Allowance, the 2005 Ministerial Advisory Group on the reforms to Disability Trusts, the Victorian Government Autism State Plan Working Party 2007/08 and the DEEWR Advisory Committee for the Positive Partnerships program.
In 2013 Judy was awarded the Asia Pacific Autism Award, and she is a Life Member and former co-Patron of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).