Alissa Holton

20 Jan 2015

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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

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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.