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Ria Strong is a proud lesbian and a proud survivor – a survivor of childhood abuse, homelessness, depression and 2 brain injuries.  She escaped a day centre for people with psychiatric disabilities – the only future offered to her – to become a respected disability activist, consumer consultant and community development worker.  Ria has written and spoken extensively on brain injury, mental health and self-advocacy issues.  She is passionate about her work, internet communication, her work, the arts, her work, swimming, her work, the colour purple and her work – in approximately that order. Ria has Brain Injury and a psychiatric disability.