Dr Coral Kemp OAM
Dr Coral Kemp was instrumental in establishing the Early Years programs at Macquarie University and the STaR Inclusive Early Childhood Association, a non-government organisation that provides services to children with established disabilities and their families. In her role with the STaR Association, Coral wrote a successful application for a federal grant to establish an inclusion support program for children with disabilities in childcare centres in predominately disadvantaged areas of Sydney, and managed the program over several years. This project was externally evaluated and accepted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies as a promising practice. Coral was also a Board Member of Special Teaching and Research, a not-for-profit company that she established to provide early academic programs for young children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Coral is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University where she is still involved in collaborative research. She is a committee member of the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) and was Chair of the Scientific Committee for the ISEI conference held in Sydney in 2019. She remains a member of the Management Committee of the STaR Association. Coral has acted as an independent consultant to schools with respect to the inclusion of students with disabilities, as an advocate for families who need assistance in relation to their children’s educational placements and as an expert witness in cases involving students with disability.