Founder & Director
Mandy is a passionate social designer, who specialises in the field of social innovation and empowering people through her inclusive designs. She also has great experience in working and teaching art for both children & adults with special needs. With both a design & an engineering background, her products bring a unique blend of form, function and innovation.
The Reach & Match Learning Kit was developed from Mandy’s postgraduate research. In 2011, while Reach & Match Learning Kit was only in its concept stage, it won the Melbourne Design Award and was selected as one of seven international finalists of INDEX: Design for Education. In 2012, it has further received several international design awards such as the Red Dot Design Award, the James Dyson Award (National Winner), the Core77 Design Award and the Monash Social Inclusion Design Award. (For more info, please see Awards & Media)
In 2013, Mandy decided to turn this concept into a real product. She has worked with NPOs, schools and parents to improve and test the prototypes. Mandy embraced the power of engaging with end users to develop the learning kit as a tailor-made teaching tool for teachers and specialists to teach children in a mainstream environment. Then she founded Reach & Match Pty Ltd and her goal was bringing Reach & Match to schools and organisations where it can benefit more children with special needs.
Mandy is keen to partner and collaborate with NPOs and companies who share the same vision. She believes that Reach & Match is not just a unique product that fits within a niche market but is also a catalyst for starting a movement wider social inclusion from early childhood.