Madison Heady is a young woman navigating her way through the world after high school, and living with a disability. She has had many challenges in her life and has faced them head on with determination, strength and a huge appetite for the outdoors, while campaigning as an advocate for others. Madison was born with Cerebral Palsy and spent many years learning to walk and talk.
Madison has a highly competitive nature which has seen her compete in WA State Athletic competitions for the last 3 years and has had the opportunity to also compete at the 2020/2021 National Athletics Championships, where she won a silver medal for the 1500m T36/Para. Madison loves the freedom of running and the adrenalin sport and exercise provides. Madison is also a typical young person wanting to participant in the same activities as her peers – coffee catch ups, dating, music and festivals and of course the beach.
Madison completed year 12 and then a Cert III in Community Service at TAFE in 2020 before creating her own public speaking business to create awareness, educate others, increase inclusion in community and develop programs for people living with disabilities. She works closely with YDAN (Youth Disability Advocacy Network), works for Grand Cinema and The Periscope Crew.
Madison began educating school children on the importance of inclusion while at school herself, and recently she has spoken to students at Santa Maria College, Sacred Heart College, and St Marks College on the importance of living an authentic and fulfilled life and addressing issues relating to disability and inclusion.