Penny’s second daughter, Shona, was born with Down Syndrome and Penny had already acquired a reputation as a formidable advocate for the rights of people with disabilities before arriving in Jakarta with her family in 1994. As president of the South Australian and Australian Down Syndrome Associations for over 12 years, she worked with colleagues to establish both the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International (DSI). In 1996 Penny established the Australian International School – Indonesia (AIS) with an emphasis on delivering a curriculum which incorporated children with disabilities into mainstream classes. The School’s three campuses readily accept students with disabilities and AIS has become a focus school demonstrating mainstreaming principles and practices. Penny has recently overseen the construction of a new campus in Bali incorporating a creative design for inclusive education where students, expatriate teachers, teaching assistants, learning support teachers, specialists, and therapists benefit from an inclusive learning environment. Penny received the Order of Australia Medal for her services to education and the Australian Indonesia Association Business Person of the Year Award.