What Lisa Cox wants you to know about disability and disrupting expectations


Lisa Cox has a no-BS approach to life. Her ability to cut through fluff has been key to her success as an internationally respected disability advocate, award-winning author, business consultant and media professional.

It hasn’t been an easy ride. At just 24, Lisa suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by an infection. Three weeks in a coma, two months on life support and dozens of operations and procedures later, Lisa had to rebuild her life, living with a brain injury. Dealing with such a curveball presented Lisa with a second chance. Now, she’s renowned as one of Australia’s most powerful voices for representation, diversity and inclusion for people living with disabilities.

Episode notes:

In this episode, Lisa unpacks:

  • 2:39 – Making a career out of communicating
  • 6:25 – Disrupting expectations of people with disabilities
  • 9:30 – Fighting back after a sudden, debilitating illness at age 24
  • 12:00 – Disability inclusion is more than socially good – it’s good for business
  • 15:29 – Why disability representation matters in media, marketing and advertising
  • 17:35 – Virtue signalling – businesses MUST do better than once a year
  • 22:32 – The problem with the ‘positive inspo’ space
  • 25:44 – Challenges with social attitudes towards people with disability
  • 30:10 – Tiers of prejudice – invisible vs visible disability
  • 34:00 – Understanding what employees with disabilities need
  • 36:12 – The importance of consulting with people with lived experience
  • 39:45 – Support and self-care as a disability advocate
  • 41:30 – Supporting small business owners with disabilities

Click here for the full episode transcript.

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