Donna Best is a board member and founding member of QAI and she is a long term self-advocate. She has been involved in trying to give people with intellectual disability a better life. Donna has had a long history of advocacy involvement with people with disability at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Queensland Parents of Persons with Disability, SUFY (formerly Speaking Up for You), GADIP (Greater Achievement for people with Disability Ipswich) and Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN). Donna is the convenor of Brisbane Hot Topics (a discussion group of people with disability). Donna has been working with SARU (Self-advocacy Resource Unit) in Melbourne on their website development, funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Donna recently was working on Peer Facilitation for the Ready to Go Project which provided NDIS participation readiness.for people with intellectual impairment. Donna has a long history of being involved in projects like the Community Living Project (CLA), Community Resource Unit (CRU), Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) and Lifestream. Donna was involved in the Stewart (Basil Stafford) Inquiry, the Senate Inquiry into Young People in Aged Care, and the Senate Inquiry into Sterilization of People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Donna presented at the Round Table for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Brisbane, and at the ‘Walk the Talk’ Forum at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Donna was involved in the Digital Stories Project for QDN. With Samantha Mathieson, Donna presented a paper at the Speakout Conference in Tasmania in 2017, and she will present as part of a roundtable discussion at the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland in November 2018. Donna currently is working with others towards the establishment of a Queensland-based self-advocacy group.