Centre for Access is Australia’s leading training and consultancy agency around disability and accessibility.
Centre for Access was established in February 2015 by Thomas Banks from his own kitchen table. He’s a writer, author, stand up comedian, actor and a successful businessman. He lives with mild Cerebral Palsy. He’s well known as a fierce disability advocate, an outspoken proud Queer man and provocateur. He breaks down barriers every day as he makes his way through the world with an unapologetic intense energy and a zest for life like no other.
Through his business Centre for Access, Thomas delivers a vast range of training programs around disability and accessibility to businesses and corporate organisations to empower their staff to be more inclusive in their work environments. He speaks openly about his life with a physical disability, his Queer identity and the barriers he has to overcome every day. He has presented at many different conferences both in Australia and internationally, sharing his knowledge and expertise with a wide audience.
Thomas is intense in his approach. He thrives when he’s in front of an audience. He walks into any room with an energy which people are drawn to. He’s never afraid to tell it like it is and challenge people’s perceptions so they take away something from the experience. His perspectives are often raw and confronting because he’s brutally honest in his delivery.
Thomas is available for conferences, training and consultancy work.