an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Dwayne Fernandes

Minds At Play | Ambassador of Amazement
Dwayne Fernandes is a determined and inspiring individual who has overcome adversity to achieve great things. As an Indian-Born Australian double amputee and recently diagnosed with ADHD, Dwayne has dedicated his career to improving accessibility and inclusion outcomes for citizens of New South Wales, As Manager HR Projects. Through his consulting company, IDEA Services, Dwayne works to improve business to delivery accessibility outcomes for their customers, In addition to his work in accessibility, Dwayne is also the co-founder of Minds at Play, a national social gaming company that helps players build essential social and communication skills through games like Dungeons and Dragons and Minecraft. Under Dwayne's leadership, the company has grown from 4 players in June 2022 to over 380+ players from every state and timezone in Australia. In his free time, Dwayne enjoys innovating, traveling, dancing, and setting world records in stair climbing, including at the Empire State Building in New York. But perhaps most notably, Dwayne has set his sights on becoming the first double amputee in space as is on his way to achieve it by being AstoAccess Flight 2 Ambassador. He believes that with resilient minds and inclusive hearts, we can forge the accessible future!