Alissa Holton

20 Jan 2015

Author: Jane Albert



Alissa Holton knew from a young age that the needs of the disabled were unmet. Determined to make a change, she co-founded s.p.a.c.e., a Brisbane-based community centre that hosts programs for people living with, or alongside, a disability. But s.p.a.c.e. is just one step for Alissa towards her ultimate goal.
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CEO and founder, s.p.a.c.e.

Changemaker Team, The Foundation of Young Australians


Alissa Holton was born in Brisbane and raised by her mother and grandparents. Her mother regularly took in children with special needs and from a young age Holton became conscious that the needs of people living with disabilities were not being met. Determined to make a positive change, Alissa combined this knowledge with a Bachelor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology and Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Queensland. She co-founded s.p.a.c.e. (Specialised Programs and Community Endeavours), a Brisbane-based community centre that supports social inclusion by hosting programs in a social arena for people living with, or alongside, a disability. This tenacious, visionary young woman is on her way to addressing what she refers to as ‘the biggest moral dilemma of our time’: creating a society that provides for and embraces the disabled, the vulnerable and the dying. Alissa is also a lead in the Change Maker Team at the Foundation for Young Australians and was a finalist for Queensland Young Australian of the Year in 2009.

Australian experiences, global impact. This story is one of a series profiling young Australians, or young people with an Australian education, identified as future leaders and decision-makers of courage, imagination and will. Meet our 19 Future Chasers and read their inspiring stories.