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Link Magazine’s weekly e-newsletter, What's News in Disability, is sent to over 4500 subscribers each week. If you have an event you would like to tell people about, simply email your event details to whatson@linkonline.com.au.

January 2019

23
Understanding Cerebral Palsy
Novita – Regency Park Office, 171 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood with the incidence currently standing at 1 in 500 births. CP is primarily a disorder of posture and movement but there are often other challenges for the child such as epilepsy, communication, visual, hearing and behavioural issues.
In order to work with and assist children with CP it is important to have a basic understanding and knowledge of the condition. This workshop will provide information on the variable presentations of CP and the challenges these may present for the child with CP. Strategies to support your work with a child with CP will also be explored.

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Transfer and Positioning Support (TAPS)
Novita – Regency Park Office, 171 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

When working with a child/student who requires support with their movement, transfers or positioning, it is important to consider the safety of both the individual and yourself. Our TAPS workshop, led by therapists with expertise in working with children living with disability provides information and practical knowledge on how best to do this.

This workshop also incorporates the Transfer and Positioning Care plan as per Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) requirements for health support planning.

25
Positive Behaviour Support Introduction Session and Schedule Making
Inclusive Sport SA, 1a Meyer Street, Torrensville, SA 5031

Exhausted? Over it?

Come and learn some practical positive behaviour support strategies for managing your child or adolescent's behaviour. The workshop will cover:

  • why people display challenging behaviour
  • determining the function of a behaviour
  • how to change the environment to prevent challening behaviours
  • replacement behaviours
  • rewards

Following the information session, participants are invited to make a visual schedule for the child or young person in their care. All materials will be provided. 

The workshop is for parents/carers of a person with a disability. It is most relevant for those caring for a person aged from 3-18 years old.

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Craftynoon at The Box Factory
The Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide SA 5000

You are cordially invited to a crafty gathering at the Box Factory Community Centre!

Expect crocheting, knitting, embroidery, etc with friendly company! Bring along whatever project you are working on or just come for chats and afternoon tea with people who like making things.

Complimentary tea and coffee facilities and biscuits and cake are provided.

**Please bring a $2 donation to be given to the Community Centre to cover their running costs, otherwise participation with the group is free.**

 

The Box Factory Community Centre is a disability friendly building (with lift access) and parking available near by.

Come craft with us!

February 2019

06
Accessible Arts Disability Inclusion Training
The Arts Exchange, Ground Floor, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Our training sessions offer practical and innovative solutions to help increase your confidence in engaging effectively with people with disability. They are for anyone interested in arts and disability, from managers, policy makers, and frontline staff to small businesses and creative practitioners. 

If your business or organisation would like to receive training tailored to your specific industry or employee group, please contact us for more information.

07
Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Masterclass
Montrose Town Centre, 935 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose, VIC

Time: 8:45am – 12:30pm

***UPDATE: This event is sold out. Please contact Jessica Occleston to be added to the waiting list should places become available***

 

Yarra Ranges Council and Women with Disabilities Victoria invite you to continue to build on the knowledge and skills gained in our Introductory Workshop by attending this free Masterclass. We recommend attend an introductory session prior to the Masterclass:

  • Unpack key determinants of violence – examining intersections of gender and disability.
  • Develop and share strategies to identify and address gender and disability inequality and prevent violence against women with disabilities in your work
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities

For further information, please contact Jessica Occleston (Yarra Ranges Council) on (03) 9294 6465 or j.occleston@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

09
Disabled Surfing Event for All Abilities
Inverloch Surf Beach, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, 163 Surf Parade, Inverloch, VIC

Time: 11am – 2pm 

Come along and have some fun. Whether you want to volunteer your time or come on down for a surf, it is sure to be a very special day for all. 

The Disabled Surfers Association Australia wants to 'Put some Smiles on Dials' and provide a safe and enjoyable surfing experience for people with any disability at every one of our events.

We want to be able to provide people with a disability greater access to the beaches all year round. By working with the community our aim is to make beach accessibility within reach of everyone. 

11
Using Visual Systems to Teach Social Skills
Sophia Conference Centre, 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park, SA 5041

Children/students with disabilities often respond well to the use of visual systems and predictable routines. Two well -known visual systems that assist with self -regulation are the Incredible Five Point Scale and Zones of Regulation. These systems provide a coloured and numbered scale to teach social and emotional concepts. These scales have many uses but can be used to represent their internal state and once this is recognised, students can learn and practice different socially acceptable responses such as asking for a break from the classroom by using a ‘Take a Break’ card. However, the skills of children/ students with disability vary greatly and what works for one may not be successful for another. Keep this in mind when choosing visual systems and if possible obtain input from a speech pathologist.

12
Circle of Security for Fathers and Male Carers of Children with Disability
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW 2204

7pm – 9pm

Circle of Security is an evidence-based course which supports and strengthens parent-child relationships.

While Circle of Security is not a disability-specific program, these sessions are for families of children with disability or developmental delay.

This program will provide families with an opportunity to use the Circle of Security approach to your child's specific needs. Research shows that children who experience a secure relationship with at least one parent have better health, relationship and educational outcomes into their future.

Learn about:

- your child’s emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs;

- how to support your child to successfully manage their emotions;

- developing your child’s self-esteem;

- how to honour our innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure.

13
Aged Care & Disability Services Sector - Melbourne
United Co., 425 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

With enormous changes and disruption to the Aged Care and Disability Services sector this specifically tailored event will help you understand and navigate a challenging media landscape.

The aim is to build new media relationships with the press, break down some barriers and also educate the journalists present about your sector.

14
Info Night | Disability Course
All Health Training - Blackburn Campus, Level 2 - 29 Railway Road, Blackburn, Victoria 3130

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm AEDT

Prepare for the new year and get a head start at our Info Night.

AHT's Info Nights are a great night of information and learning, with speakers from within the Disability sector speaking about what working in the industry means and how you can kick start your career with our Certificate IV in Disability qualification. Meet career goers alike and mix in the relaxed and informal environment at our campus.

18
Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Able Australia is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to take part in a FREE Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program in Adelaide, SA.

Deafblind Communication Guides provide direct one to one support to participants in a way that is tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.

The Communication Guide Training Program consists of classroom based training, site visits, guest speakers and a hands-on opportunity to support people who are deafblind in their communities.

By completing the Communication Guide Program, you will learn:

·       What it means to be deafblind

·       Deafblind communication methods

·       Adaptive and assistive technology

·       Sighted guide training

·       What makes a good Communication Guide

18
Come and Try Golf - Barden Ridge NSW
Ebdale Community Hub & Learning Centre- Training Rm 20 Ebdale Street Frankston, VIC

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Empower Golf Australia is proud to host a Come and Try Golf clinic, for people living with a disability, at The Ridge Driving Range. Come and Try Golf clinics are the ideal way to introduce new people to golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love, after accident or illness.

Players of all abilities have to opportunity to try golf, the amazing ParaGolfer and other adaptive equipment. Expert tuition from one of Australia's most respected disability trained golf pros, Lachy Foulsham, will be on hand to ensure everyone gets the most out of the day. And because we understand that each person has their own community of support, we always welcome your family and friends to share in the afternoon.

Please ensure you register below and send any enquiries to James Gribble - james.gribble@empowergolf.com.au

19
UniReady 2019
Flinders University, The Studio (behind Grind & Press Café), Registry Road, Bedford Park SA 5042

A workshop for new Flinders students who have a Disability, Learning Disability, Autism, Medical or Mental Health condition. 
Have your questions answered about services and supports at Flinders Uni, hear from current students about their experiences, meet the Disability Advisors. 
Free lunch and morning tea.

19
2019 Autism Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to Support Social Learning
Morphettville Racecourse (South Australian Jockey Club), 79 Morphett Road, Morphettville, SA 5043

Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Socially Thinking®, will teach those that support people with social emotional learning challenges to develop skills in how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. Michelle will present practical strategies to improve social competencies that can be used immediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community.

The conference is set to be an engaging, interactive day where participants will be guided through a range of innovative socially based problem solving strategies that can be used with individuals with solid expressive and receptive language skills, in a range of settings.

19
2019 Disability Support Workers Conference
Brisbane, Queensland

8:30am – 4:30pm

Multicap and CPL will once again be hosting the Disability Support Workers (DSW) Conference on the 19th and 20th February 2019. 

The DSW Conference is a two-day conference specifically designed for disability support workers offering an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and peers, learn cutting edge techniques and hear firsthand experiences from people with disability.

The DSW Conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for supporting your customers to reach their goals each and every day!

21
Understanding the NDIS
Thirroul Community Centre, 360 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, #352, Thirroul, NSW

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’re here to help! 

Come along and speak to a Local Area Coordinator and ask any question about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Learn about:

  • What Local Area Coordinators do
  • How to access the NDIS
  • How to use the funding
  • Reviews and what you need to do
  • Linking to funded and unfunded services.
21
Toilet Training for Children with Disability or Developmental Delay
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW 2204

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills. This workshop is an introduction to toilet training and an initial problem-solving session for families who are preparing to begin toilet training. 

You will learn about:

- Parent and child readiness;

- Skills needed for toilet training;

- Environmental factors to consider;

- The importance of staying positive;

- How Plumtree can provide more intensive support if you have NDIS package

For more info:

Continence Foundation of Australia 1800 330 066

22
The Bedford Big Sports BBQ
Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, SA 5006

The Bedford Big Sports BBQ is a relaxed networking lunch held annually in February to raise life-changing funds to suport people with disability in your local community. 

Join us for a two-course BBQ lunch with premium beer, wine and soft drinks at The William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval. Aside from Bedford employees playing elite level sports, you’ll meet some South Australian sporting heroes from the AFL and other codes who’ll discuss the year ahead or how their teams are performing ahead of their final series. 

With exclusive auction items to bid on, a mystery wine wall and many other exciting prizes to look forward to, this is an event you won’t want to miss. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

25
Inclusion In Practice: An Innovative Education Conference
Mantra Bell City Ballroom, 215 Bell Street, Preston, VIC

Down Syndrome Victoria is proud to present

Inclusion in Practice: An Innovative Education Conference

This essential professional development conference is for all educators striving towards creating diverse and supportive classrooms for every student. Learn practical ways to create the foundations for genuine inclusion at your school.

Hear from international keynote speaker Professor Roy McConkey: Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Ulster University, Visiting Professor, Universities in Sydney, Cape Town and Dublin. 

Professor McConkey has worked in the field of intellectual disability for over 40 years and has published extensively. Awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

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Toilet Training for children with disability or developmental delay
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW.

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills. This workshop is an introduction to toilet training and an initial problem-solving session for families who are preparing to begin toilet training. 

You will learn about:

- Parent and child readiness;

- Skills needed for toilet training;

- Environmental factors to consider;

- The importance of staying positive;

- How Plumtree can provide more intensive support if you have NDIS package

28
Building Accessibility: Understanding the Basics of Access
The Laneway Boardroom, Ground Floor, Waterman Business Centre, 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby, Victoria

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

This one hour talk discusses the current building and disability legislative requirements relating to access for people with disabilities in buildings. It is limited to 17 people only.

This is an introductory session on the topic and is suitable for architectural graduates, building surveyors, building inspectors, project managers, facility managers and anyone responsible for planning or supervising building works.

March 2019

03
2019 Triple B Run (BBBRun)
Marina Square, 24 Footbridge Boulevard, Wentworth Point, NSW, 2127

The 2019 Triple B Run (BBBRun) will be the 3rd edition of this great run. The BBBRun has grown from strength to strength. In addition to the 10km run and the FREE family run, a new and improved wheelchair event will take place, including for the first time in 2019 the introduction of RaceRunning, making the BBBRun one of the first official RaceRunning events in Australia. RaceRunning is a new and innovative sport for people with a disability who have impaired balance. The sport is breaking down the barriers for people to get out there and enjoy being fit and active. 

04
NDS Victorian Conference
Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, VIC

9am – 5pm

In the final year of NDIS full scheme roll out, the disability sector has been riding a tsunami of change for several years.

Now it is time to focus on bedding down good processes and practice that lead to truly individualised support.

Join us for the opportunity to delve into an array of subjects underpinned by examples of good practice and different ways of operating.

12
Leichhardt Film Club (Matinee): Breathe (PG, 118 mins)
Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

2pm – 4pm 

Enjoy a free screening of a themed movie at Leichhardt Library. This month's screening is Breathe. Confined to his bed with polio at just 28, Robin Cavendish emerges the hospital ward with the help of his wife and friends, and devotes his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. Rated PG, duration 118 minutes.

All welcome - Free Screening - Popcorn and drinks provided

Seats are limited - Bookings online or call 9392 5966

28
Sexuality and intellectual disability: a masterclass
Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Tower 2, Level 12, Melbourne, VIC 3008

9:30am – 4:30pm

Join the School of Health and Social Development for a masterclass to promote understanding of sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disability.
The masterclass will showcase applied research and learning from leaders in the field alongside examples of best practice in service provision and support. On his first visit to Australia, keynote speaker Dr Michael Gill from Syracuse University, New York will speak about his book ‘Already Doing It: Intellectual disability and sexual agency’. Additional presentations will address topics including sexual abuse, sexual and gender diversity and working with indigenous populations.

29
Junior CP Games
Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, next to Narrabeen Lake, North Narrabeen, NSW, 2101

9am – 5pm

This is a multi-sport event for junior athletes from 8 to 26. It is about fun, participation and trying new sports, as much as it is about performance and winning.

Limited accommodation is available, and each sport will have a separate registration fee.

We encourage athletes to compete in the sports that they know well and are good at, and try ones that they are interested in. Leaving with new friends, new skills and new goals is the key. 

Sports will include; Football, Swimming, Athletics, Race Running, Triathlon, Basket ball, Netball, Boccia, Table tennis and many more. 

Contact Peter for a registration form at pking@cerebralpalsy.org.au

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Disabled Surfing Event for All Abilities
Inverloch Surf Beach, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, 163 Surf Parade, Inverloch, VIC

Time: 11am – 2pm 

Come along and have some fun. Whether you want to volunteer your time or come on down for a surf, it is sure to be a very special day for all. 

The Disabled Surfers Association Australia wants to 'Put some Smiles on Dials' and provide a safe and enjoyable surfing experience for people with any disability at every one of our events.

We want to be able to provide people with a disability greater access to the beaches all year round. By working with the community our aim is to make beach accessibility within reach of everyone.

April 2019

03
Making an Impact Conference 2019
Merrimu Receptions, 1300 Dandenong Road, Murrumbeena, VIC 3163

3rdApril 2019 9am – 4thApril 2019 5pm

Want to leave a conference feeling empowered to make positive changes in your healthcare service? You are invited to our inaugural event that aims to equip you with the tools and listen to the stories to inspire you to make improvements for better patient outcomes, higher staff satisfaction and greater quality of care.

05
South West Disability Expo
Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW

Time: 9am - 5pm

The South West Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2019 calendar with a very successful year in 2018. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has now rolled out across the entire South West / Macarthur region and thousands of residents with disabilities will gain greater control over their lives and be on the lookout for the most suitable services in the area to meet their individual needs. 

12
Employment Support Sessions in Western Australia
Around WA

People with disability can take part in suitable, sustainable and meaningful work of their choice when provided with the right employment strategies and supports. With the NDIS currently being rolled out in Western Australia, and an expected full roll out of the scheme by 2019, people with disability - particularly those with significant disability - are now seeking transition to work supports.

If you are interested in attending these sessions or would like further information, please contact Gaelen Williams, Coordinator, Customised Employment Projects, on  or 0415 999 707.

13
Accessible Outdoor Camping
Mount Evelyn Recreation Camp, 70 Tramway Road, Mount Evelyn, VIC

Time: 10am – 2pm

YMCA is hosting a Free 2-day/1 night camp for adults living with a physical disability.

This confidence building adaptive camping program is a perfect opportunity for you and your camping companion to re-connect with the great outdoors in a supportive and friendly environment.

This fun, inclusive camp is designed to be an introduction or re-introduction to camping for adults with a physical disability.

Build upon your camping confidence! 

  • Learn how to set up a campsite
  • Use and learn about different adaptive camping equipment available 
  • Overcome the challenges of camping with a physical disability in a safe and supportive small group

Accommodation options:

  • Camp out (in tents) or;
  • Our accessible accommodation lodge

What to expect from camp:

  • The opportunity to connect with likeminded people who share a passion for the outdoors
  • A relaxed and supportive environment 
  • Both structured and unstructured opportunities for social interaction, through the camping experience.
  • Our friendly team of staff, volunteers and mentors aim to support you in your camping experience.

Price: Free & Fully Catered. 

Camping equipment supplied
For more information:
Contact: Jason Ellery
0401 946 199
jason.ellery@ymca.org.au

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AMP-ED Up! National Amputee Conference
Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT 2612

Time: 9am – 5pm

This Conference will educate, encourage and empower you and provide amputee delegates with the opportunity to network with each other and gain valuable information to support your long-term goals.

This two-day action-packed Conference will bring together amputees, prosthetic manufacturing companies, assistive technology suppliers and a variety of speakers from a range of sectors - all under the one roof.

Delegates will have the opportunity to see the latest in prosthetic technology, hear from a variety of speakers, interact face-to-face with prosthetic providers, try out recreational activities, meet other amputees, listen to disability advocates, plus much more!

May 2019

19
2019 MULTI-DISABILITY LAWN BOWLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Souths Suburban Bowls Club, 39 Wardrop St, West Mackay, QLD, 4740

10:00am – 5:00pm

The 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships, otherwise known as the Multibowl, will be held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay, QLD from Sunday, 19 - Friday 24 May 2019. 

Looking to grow from the tremendous 2018 Multibowl, the 2019 Championships will see teams from all over the country compete in six (6) days of competitions. 

More information about the 2019 Multibowl will be available in early 2019. 

June 2019

20
Central Coast Future Choices Expo for Students with Disability
Mingara Recreation Club, 12-14 Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, NSW

Time: 9am – 1pm

Everything students, families-carers, schools, services and providers need to know about moving to life after school or other study with disability…. education, employment, apprenticeships/traineeships, community connections, advocacy, disability services, support services, technology and more!

20
Disability at Work 2019
Hilton Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Our two-day national conference will examine innovative ways to inspire and engage people with disability in employment opportunities. It is aimed at employment service providers (open, supported and social enterprises) and professionals interested in the design and promotion of a broad range of employment opportunities for people with disability.

August 2019

22
Building Accessibility: Rooming Houses (Class 1b Buildings)
The Laneway Boardroom, Ground Floor, Waterman Business Centre, 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby, Victoria

10:45am – 12:10pm

This one hour talk discusses the disability access requirements for Class 1b buildings, including rooming houses, boarding houses, bed & breakfasts, small student accommodation buildings and holiday cabins.

In 2011, building and disability legislation changed to require most Class 1b buildings to include accessible features for people with disability. 

This workshop discusses these requirements and aims to help landlords and small businesses operating rooming houses, B&Bs, student accommodation etc., to understand their obligations.

It is limited to 17 people only.