Ross has been CEO of Araluen since 2007 where he has been developing innovative support and accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities. Araluen is the first adult service in Australia to achieve Autism Accreditation. Over recent years Araluen has embraced iPads, literacy, sensory based practice and communication strategies to create new opportunities for participants to live the lives they choose.

Ross and has worked in Africa for three years initially managing a hospital faced with the overwhelming HIV / AIDS pandemic and then undertaking village based community development initiatives in 40 sites. He has managed social programs that have focussed upon the needs of the homeless, refugees, mentally ill, youth, financially disadvantaged, pre-school children and their families. He has extensive experience in partnership management, capacity building and developing innovative projects. He has managed large corporate social responsibility projects in partnership with Disney and Shell. During the 1980’s founded the Kairos Housing Project that provided accommodation, mentors, tutors and socio- emotional support for homeless youth who were attempting to continue with their schooling.

Read Ross Coverdale’s full session description on the VAC program here