Perry Cross AM
At the age of 19, promising sportsman Perry Cross was severely injured in a rugby tackle and told he would never walk again.
Amidst the heartbreak, grief and pain somehow Perry carved out a new lease on life and within a few years, became one of the world’s most inspiring motivational speakers and spinal research advocates. He has since dedicated his life to helping others living with a disability, raising awareness of spinal injuries and creating a movement that has seen tens of thousands of people applaud, recognise and support the need for urgent research to cure paralysis.
Perry has been heralded by media worldwide as a tremendous role model for the human spirit in overcoming the odds.
In 1996 – just two years after his accident, he became Australia’s first motivational speaker on life support and was runner-up in the prestigious International Communicator of the Year Awards. He’s been awarded Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year, finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, was the first quadriplegic to complete a Bachelor of Communications (Business) at Bond University, is a published author, was named “Cure Warrior Advocate of the Year” at the International Working 2 Walk Symposium and in 2018 was chosen as a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games baton bearer.
He has travelled to the United States as an advisor to the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of young Australians and met his look-alike, the late Christopher Reeve to discuss research and raise awareness and funds towards a cure for paralysis. Perry has also met with the Governor General and Prime Minister as an envoy for Reeve, lobbying the legislation of Stem Cell Research.
It was that work with Christopher Reeve that inspired Perry to launch Australia’s own foundation and he is now the President and Founder of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation.
It’s this drive, determination and passion for life that Perry brings to Accessible Homes Australia.
Perry is a Director of The Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Alliance which brings together some of the nation’s most committed Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers and investors. In doing so, the Alliance provides a unified voice to better support development of a diverse and sustainable SDA market.
In 2020, Perry was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to people living with a spinal cord injury and as a role model.