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April 2018

01
Go Blue for Autism

Autism Queensland's annual Go Blue for Autism campaign is when we ask our supporters to help raise awareness, and funds to help us support people living with ASD and their families, by holding an event or attending one being held in their local community.

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Humans on the Autism Spectrum

The ICAN Humans on the Autism Spectrum campaign will share stories online from around Australia and the world, which show what it is really like to live with Autism.

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Challenge Disability Services Open Day
Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 20-22 Kincumber St, Kincumber, NSW

Challenge Disability Services is now in the Central Coast area! Come and try our Connexions activities at our open day for young adults with a disability. If you are aged between 18 and 35, and have a disability, you can join in Connexions activities. Our activities help you to prepare for life and work in a fun and friendly environment. You will learn practical life skills such as cooking, how to apply for a job or get help with things like your driver’s licence application. Our open day will be a fun filled interactive session that will include karate skills from Black Belt Martial Arts and circus skills from Roundabout Circus. Come and talk to us about our NDIS approved services for young adults. Find out how we can help you with your NDIS plan, or just come and see what we have to offer. FREE to attend. Refreshments and morning tea provided. Registration essential. 

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WA Disability Support Awards 2018
Grand Ballroom, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA

National Disability Services (NDS) WA is excited to announce that tickets for the WA Disability Support Awards 2018 are now available for purchase!

Join us in celebrating the tenth anniversary of recognising and rewarding people who provide the highest standard of support to increase the quality of life and inclusion of people with disability.

Saturday, 28 April 2018
6:30pm for pre-dinner drinks, seating for dinner at 7:15pm

The event will attract more than 750 people and will include the presentation of seven Disability Support Awards, a sumptuous three-course dinner and drinks, entertainment and music.

Early Bird tickets: $160 per person; or $1,500 per table of 10
after March 30 2018: $175 per person; or $1650 per table of 10

Purchase your tickets online by Tuesday, 17 April 2018. For ticketing support, please contact Partner&Prosper on 08 9443 3468 or at events@partnerandprosper.com.au.

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Let’s Get Awesome for Autism: Family Fun Day
Kurilpa Point Park, South Brisbane, QLD

AEIOU is inviting all Brisbane families to celebrate Autism Awareness Month with a family fun day at Kurilpa Point Park (near GoMA) in South Brisbane. It’s no secret we see the life-changing benefits of early intervention each day and we know you do too. So together, Let’s Get Awesome for Autism and spread the message, while having fun at the same time.

The activity-filled morning will kick off at 9am, complete with a tailored program from Ginger Sports, as well as a jumping castle, face painting, games, craft and food stalls. AEIOU is also proud to be welcoming special guests, Federal Assistant Minister for Disability Services Jane Prentice, along with Seven News sports journalist Pat Welsh. Attendees will also be able to pick up a copy of former Bray Park parent Paulette Moser’s new book, Turning Turtle, a firsthand account of the hardships and triumphs of parenting triplets, two with an autism diagnosis

May 2018

01
NDIS Business Transformation Strategies
Novotel Perth Langley, Perth

The NDIS Business Transformation Strategies forum provides professionals in the disability sector with the tools to strengthen their business’s viability and sustainability during a challenging time, whilst experiencing a smooth NDIS transition process.

01 - 03 May 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM

COST: From 1,599
CONTACT: Vanessa Carvalho, Akolade 0292476000 registration@akolade.com.au

Attend this practical summit and gain insights into:

  • Redesign your business to adapt to the new competitive market
  • Develop financial strategies that allows your organisation to remain financially sustainable
  • Drive innovation and establish new service models tailored to customer needs
  • Create marketing strategies that focus on customer attraction and retention
  • Develop employment models to attract and retain the right staff for your organisation
01
65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis
Australia

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common life-shortening genetic conditions affecting Australians. It affects the lungs and the digestive systems. People with CF undergo a daily grueling treatment regime to stay healthy. By participating in a 65 Roses activity you will be helping Cystic Fibrosis Australia raise money for vital research projects and clinical improvement programs. Every dollar raised will go to improving the quality of life for people living with CF and bring us closer to our vision of lives unaffected by cystic fibrosis. Help us make a difference. Donate now, organise a 65 Roses Challenge, create your own event or volunteer your time to sell roses and merchandise. Select your activity now.

03
Feel the Vibe
Burwood, NSW

Feel the Vibe is a one day, two-part event on sexuality and disability for adults with disability, their support networks (e.g. families, carers) and disability sector professionals.

Free event / Over 18s. Location Burwood RSL Club, 96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood 2134

Please RSVP by Thursday 26 April. Email sexuality@northcott.com.au or phone 0456 957 409.

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Print disability conference
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills 2010, Sydney

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is exploring the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for information access and creation, communication and learning. This conference provides three full days of technical, research and panel sessions, presentations and practical workshops on issues related to accessibility. There are also many opportunities for networking and socialising with key speakers, panel members and attendees. Saturday 5 May 2018 to Tuesday 8 May 2018. Cost: $125 to $975. Phone 03 9010 6251 or email admin@printdisability.org.

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Careers In Disability Expo - Cairns
18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda QLD 4870

Time: 10.00am - 2:00pm

Expressions of interest to participate as an exhibitor are currently being accepted. Please refer to the registration link below.

The Careers in Disability Expo provides your organisation with an opportunity to:
• Connect with potential workers to fill current and future vacancies.
• Create awareness and interest in working in the disability sector.
• Raise awareness about your organisation.

The purpose of the Careers in Disability Expo is to:
• Showcase the wide range of current and future job possibilities across the disability sector.
• Provide an opportunity for job seekers and career changers to meet prospective
employers.
• Provide information and practical advice about pathways, training and pre-employment and support programs.

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SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telec
Adelaide Oval, SA

SACOSS is proud to present this unique event which will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with a disability (and their families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space.

Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations. 

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Annual National Conference 2018: Connecting Ideas, Shaping the Future
Doltone House, Darling Island, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW

AND’s annual conference is the pre-eminent event in disability as it relates to business. Held each May, the event connects business leaders and diversity practitioners from across private, public and for-purpose organisations to advance access and inclusion for people with disability.

The Conference features innovative ideas and thought-provoking presentations from renowned industry leaders and experts. Through sharing knowledge, learning from tried and tested practices and exploring practical, usable tools, delegates will take away valuable solutions to apply in their own organisations.

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ATSA Independent Living Expo
Melbourne Showgrounds

The ATSA Independent Living Expo on the 16 and 17 May 2018. There will be have over 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.

Tickets are free. If you have any questions please call us on 1300 789 845 or +61 2 8586 6115.

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Sydney Disability Expo
The Southee Complex, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

9am - 3pm Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May 2018 

The Sydney Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2018 calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has now rolled out across most of NSW, and thousands of residents with disabilities from the greater Sydney Suburbs will gain greater control over their lives and be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs.

The Expo will offer a crucial opportunity:

  • for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aids and equipment
  • for product and service providers to connect with people with a disability, their families & carers
  • for service providers to build networks with other providers, organisations & agencies in the region
  • to bring together everyone in the Sydney Disability sector, with the aim to enhance the lives of people with a disability
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World MS Day
Australia

Research is bringing us closer to ending MS.

To succeed, we need to work together as a global MS community to find ways to improve life with MS now and end MS forever. The #bringinguscloser campaign is about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more. It's a chance to come together to celebrate what we've achieved in MS research so far, and share our hopes for the future.

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ATSA Independent Living Expo
Claremont Showground

The ATSA Independent Living Expo on the 30 and 31 May 2018. There will be over 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.

Tickets are free. If you have any questions please call us on 1300 789 845 or +61 2 8586 6115.

June 2018

02
NDIS Boards Summit
Federation Square, Melbourne

Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne

This year’s summit will take an action learning approach, providing the opportunity to reflect on experiences, identify insights and plan for how they can be embedded into organisational strategies and business plans. NDS encourages multiple people from each organisation to attend the summit to get the most from this approach. 

Who Should Attend?
Multiple people from each organisation, including: 
• CEOs
• Board members
• Senior managers 

03
2018 Melbourne MS Walk + Fun Run
Albert Park Lake, VIC

Start Times

Run: 9:00am

Walk: 10:30am

The Melbourne MS Walk + Fun Run course is fully accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available.

For current price specials and on the day prices please see prices page.

Free entry is offered to those who have multiple sclerosis. Please contact us for more information.

Your official run time will be available after the event so you can keep track of your PB! 

Dogs on leads are welcome to join you on the walk, but not on the run.

Limited parking is available at the Lakeside Car Park on Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Lake (near Lakeside Stadium). Limited on-street parking is available on Albert Road in South Melbourne. 

Coffee and a range of food options will be available at the start/finish site. Water is available at the start & finish event village as well at each rest stop

Phone 1300 733 690 or email us at walkrun@ms.org.au

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Disability at Work 2018 The next frontier
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Registrations are now open! Program to be released early April.

Explore 'the next frontier' in disability employment at Disability at Work 2018.

The two-day Disability at Work conference will examine innovative ways to activate and engage people with disability in employment opportunities.

For any enquiries, please contact Claire Blackmore, Conference & Events Coordinator, 02 9256 3192, claire.blackmore@nds.org.au

July 2018

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AAC Conference
Gold Coast, QlD

Registration is open for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conference from 21 to 26 July 2018 on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The conference theme is ‘AACcess All Areas’. The special focus of the ISAAC Conference is the Asia-Pacific Region. Early Bird rates have been extended to 14 March 2018. Email conference2018@isaac-online.org

August 2018

03
Gold Coast Disability Expo
Gold Coast Event Centre, Bundall QLD

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August

The Gold Coast Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2018 Gold Coast City Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available within the Gold Coast and Hinterland regions from July 1, 2018, which means thousands of residents with a disability from these regions will gain greater control over their lives. These residents, their families and carers will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs. 

 The Expo will offer a crucial opportunity:

  • for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aids and equipment
  • for product and service providers to connect with people with a disability, their families & carers
  • for service providers to build networks with other providers, organisations & agencies in the region
  • to bring together everyone in the Gold Coast Disability sector, with the aim to enhance the lives of people with a disability
03
Jeans for Genes

Each year, Australians unite by wearing their favourite jeans and outdoing each other with crazy denim outfits, and donating money or purchasing merchandise, to support genetic research.

On the first Friday in August each year workplaces, schools and streets become a sea of denim in a united stance against childhood disease. 

Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Sign Up Now

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Neuro-rehabilitation Awareness Day
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National Disability Summit
Novotel Melbourne on Collins

The 9th Annual National Disability Summit will take place on the 20th-21st August 2018 at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins, and will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disabilities and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.

September 2018

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R U OK? Day
Australia
R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s four steps so you can have a conversation that could change a life.  The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year. Help get your school, workplace and community asking "are you ok?" with R U OK?’s resources.
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Nepean Disability Expo

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th September, 2018

With the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme now in full motion since July 2016, thousands of Nepean, Hawkesbury & Blue Mountains residents with disabilities have gained greater control over their lives and the services and products they need to live their lives to the fullest. 

The Expo will offer a crucial opportunity:

  • for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aids and equipment
  • for product and service providers to connect with people with a disability, their families & carers
  • for service providers to build networks with other providers, organisations & agencies in the region
  • to bring together everyone in the Sydney Disability sector, with the aim to enhance the lives of people with a disability

Come Along and Exhibit, Sponsor, Attend or Volunteer and contribute to improving the quality of life for people with a disability in our community.

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Finding Possible: Business in Transformation
Adelaide Convention Centre

Cara, a pre-eminent disability service provider, has recently undergone dramatic business transformation to improve and maintain performance. Cara is now the largest service provider of its type in South Australia, with over 900 staff and an annual turnover of over $A60 million. Cara’s transformational experience has left a deep impression on its leadership, staff and stakeholders. Now, as a thought leader and expert in business transformation, Cara is presenting Finding Possible: Business in Transformation, a two-day conference to engage, educate, challenge and inspire through high calibre speakers whose experiences will encourage business leaders to embrace the transformation necessary for survival and success in an era of change. If you are in business, Finding Possible: Business in Transformation is a ‘must attend’ for your 2018 diary. 

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Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice

We are pleased to present the annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, Adelaide’s largest Disability and Ageing event and an exciting community event that attracts audiences of 4,000 people with upwards of 160 exhibitors.

The Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo explores practical ideas, research and initiatives under the ‘My Life, My Choice’ theme. My Life, My Choice, is about empowering individuals, couples and families to ensure that they remain at the centre of decisions related to their needs and what types of services and support planning is available.

The expo also continues to focus on improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of people living with disabilities, those on the ageing journey and those interested in living an active lifestyle. It’s about encouraging people to welcome and embrace the option of choices and flexibility when making important resolutions about their well-being, care and support.

October 2018

01
Step UP! for Down syndrome
Australia

Step UP! celebrates the 13,000+ people in Australia with Down syndrome. Through October and November, Step UP! events bring people together to walk, socialise and enjoy FREE activities and entertainment, whilst raising public consciousness of diversity within the community. As Australia’s largest annual Down syndrome community event, Step UP! is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome possess many wonderful talents and qualities, but most importantly they want to live a meaningful and productive life like everyone else!

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2018
International

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is Saturday 6 October 2018. More than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them
2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world
3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP
4. Create new solutions to everyday problems
5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges
6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP
7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.
The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

November 2018

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Tri State Games
Port Adelaide / Semaphore, SA

The Tri State Games is an annual week long sporting event for people with a disability. The games will be held in Port Adelaide / Semaphore area with support from the Port Adelaide Enfield Council from Monday 12th to Friday 16th November 2018.

The Tri State Games:

  • Encourage and promote sport to people with a disability residing in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
  • Provide people with a disability the opportunity to compete against their peers in a range of sporting activities.
  • Encourage participation in sport as a means of improving health, fitness and quality of life for people with a disability.
  • Provide a respite option for families and carers who support people with a disability.
  • Encourage people with a disability to pursue sporting interests in mainstream competition.
  • Promote the sporting achievements of people with a disability to the broader community.

The Tri State Games are generally held for two years by a host region and are run for a week in November of each year.  One of the main attractions of the Tri State Games is that it offers an opportunity for people with a significant/profound disability to participate in sporting activities that they may generally not have had an opportunity to have.