April Armistead

April Armistead

Business Manager

April grew up in a family with a sister who has an intellectual disability and a cousin with cerebral palsy, and is passionate about assisting people with disabilities. April worked for three and a half years working in the Disabilities, Sickness and Carers and Retirements area of Department of Human Service before branching out into the wider public service. Three years ago she was diagnosed with a disability herself, battling chronic back pain and the mental health struggles that sometimes come along with it. She continued to work full time in the Public Service but in August 2016 had a significant flare up of her back condition which left her unable to attend work for nearly four months.  Returning to work after an extended absence was extremely difficult because of physical restrictions she now faced. Dealing with a new manager who didn’t understand her condition, the policies designed to assist her in returning to work were placing limitations on her that she did not believe were appropriate and did not consider her own views about what she was capable of doing.  After 10 years of working in the Public Service she joins the Enabled Employment team passionate to make a difference in the sector, break down the stigmas associated with a person with an ‘invisible’ disability and help people going through similar situations by removing barriers to finding or returning to work.