Sharon has been actively involved in the field of sensory disabilities for over 30 years. Originally from New York State, Sharon was recipient of a Rotary International Award (1980) to study at Macquarie University in Sydney as Research Assistant at North Rocks Deaf and Blind Children’s Centre. There she developed a passion for building communication with children who are deafblind and she has remained in the field since then in various roles (classroom teacher, visiting teacher, university lecturer and coordinator of services for individuals with deafblindness).
She teaches Deafblind Communication in the Auslan Studies Course at TAFE in WA. Currently, Sharon is Team Leader of the Deafblind Education Service based at WA Institute for Deaf Education (WAIDE) as well as Adjunct Lecturer in Sensory and Multiple Disability for Renwick Centre.
She is Secretary of Australian DeafBlind Council (ADBC) and WA Director of the CHARGE Syndrome Association of Australasia.