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May 2017 

65 Roses 
1-31 May; National
National fundraising campaign, 65 Roses raises awareness and essential funds to extend and improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis.The 65 Roses story dates back to 1965 when a young boy pronounced cystic fibrosis as 65 Roses. Since then, 65 Roses has been synonymous with our cause and the rose has been adopted as the national symbol for CF.
Conference Aboriginal People with Disability - Save the date
23-25 May; International Hotel, Wagga Wagga NSW
FPDN is hosting a conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. Community members and service providers are also welcome. Sponsorship is available for First Peoples with disability.
Soundwaves to close
Tony Doyle has come to a decision to terminate the Tony Doyle Visions SoundWaves project as at 30 June 2017. The remaining community workshops and cabarets will be: Magical Mystery Tour - 13 June at Enfield; Soundwaves Cabaret - 18 May at Thebarton; Soundwaves Beats Workshop - 25 May at Thebarton (No SoundWaves Beats in June); Soundwaves Cabaret - 8 June at Thebarton (Note: This is not on the usual third Thursday). You are invited to come along and celebrate the great achievements and the wonderful creativity of people with disability. More information: Phone 8232 4554 or email tdoyle.visions@bigpond.com


June 2017

Melbourne Multiple Sclerosis Walk + Fun Run
4 June; Melbourne, Vic
The Melbourne MS Walk and Fun Run sets off from Palms Lawn on the shores of Albert Park Lake.
Enjoy a scenic course with views of the Melbourne city skyline. 

Disability Access and Inclusion Consultation
15 June; 10am–2pm (9:30am Registration); 12 James Street, The City of Salisbury John Harvey Gallery, Adelaide 
The South Australian Government is committed to improving the participation of people with disability, their families and carers in our community and the Disability Policy Unit is hosting a consultation about Access and Inclusion. We want to hear from people with disability about your experiences. We also want to hear your ideas to improve participation including new initiatives and models that could be used in South Australia. Please register your attendance online at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/disability-access-and-inclusion-consultation-registration-33236217421 or contact Georgina Edwards by phoning (08) 8207 0767 or email Georgina.Edwards@sa.gov.au

Wheel Make a Challenge (Cerebral Palsy)
16 June; Brisbane, Qld
Join us for the 5th annual Wheel Make a Change! Brisbane executives are locked inside the Wheel of Brisbane to support Cerebral Palsy League and lend their voice to kids finding theirs through CPL-Choice, Passion, Life's Let's Talk program.

Motor Neurone Disease 10th Anniversary Super Ball
17 June; Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park, Vic
If you are interested in organising a fundraising event for MND Victoria,
please contact our Fundraising Manager,
phone: 03 9830 2122 or email: fundraising@mnd.asn.au

Multiple Sclerosis Brissie to the Bay bike ride
Sunday 18 June; Brisbane CBD, Qld
The diverse range of courses means riders from all walks of life and skill level are able to hop on their bike and make a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis.

World Continence Week 2017 - 19 to 25 June 
World Continence Week is an initiative of the International Continence Society and is coordinated in Australia by the Continence Foundation. This year’s theme is, Incontinence: no laughing matter, encouraging people to recognise incontinence as a health issue requiring specialist treatment. More than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. For resources and assistance, see:

NDIS 'Bringing a Plan to Life' Brisbane 1 day workshop
June 22; 9-4pm; Maida Lilley Community Centre, Level 1, 5 Green Square Close, Fortitude Valley, QLD
The Bringing a Plan to LifeĀ workshop is designed to educate and prepare your staff to understand the NDIS open market, portability of customer funds, importance of service collaboration and examine case studies - bringing NDIS plans to life - suitable for new and existing support workers and their supervisors on the disability sector.

World Scleroderma Day Fundraising Luncheon
24 June; The Grand Hotel in Richmond, Vic
The 3rd Annual World Scleroderma Day Fundraising Luncheon. 


July 2017

Crazy Hair Day (Cystic Fibrosis)
Anytime; anywhere in Australia @ Schools
Crazy Hair Day is an annual fundraising event held in schools across Australia.
For a gold coin donation encourage your students and teachers to wear their craziest hair at school.

Supporting students with ASD at school - Universal Design for Learning Approach
21 Jul; 09:30 - 16:30; Autism Hub & Reading Centre, 141 Merton Rd, Woolloongabba Q 4102

Occupational Therapy Australia 27th National Conference & Exhibition – Perth
July 19-21; Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. WA 
The Occupational Therapy Australia biennial National Conference has established itself as the must-attend event for occupational therapists working in a variety of sectors. The Conference is expected to attract around 800+ delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and internationally. We look forward to welcoming you to Perth in 2017.

Fragile X Awareness Day - The Fragile X Association of Australia
22 July; National-wide

August 2017

Jeans for Genes (childhood disease)
4 August; National-wide

Haemochromatosis Awareness Week
7-13 August; National-wide

Hearing Awareness Week
21-25 August; National-wide

Positive Practices in Behavioral Support Through Nonlinear Applied Behavior Analysis
A seminar series introducing an evidence-based model of positive behavioral support
This is a 4-day training program covering the following topics:
The evidence based IABA Multi-element Model Comprehensive Functional Assessment
Person-Centred Positive Behavioural Support Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies Within a Positive Practices Framework Assuring Staff Consistency and the Provision of Quality Services
Gary W. LaVigna, PhD, BCBA-D
Continuing Education for BCBAs available
More information for Australia Venues
Gladesville, NSW • 8 - 11 August, 2017
Bendigo, VIC • 22 - 25 August 2017
Adelaide, SA • 29 August - 1 September 2017
Townsville, QLD • 5 - 8 September 2017 


September 2017 

Disability Employment Australia’s  Annual Conference
6-7 September; Hilton Brisbane, Qld
This year’s conference will examine the future of disability employment and the new DES program. The conference will be guided by four themes. These themes are choice and control, competition and contestability, employer engagement, and service quality. The conference working title is: the future is what we make it. 

Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017
7-9 September; International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, NSW
The conference provides a tremendous opportunity to bring together members of the international autism community from across Australia, this region and from around the world in this wonderful new venue. The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders is the conference convenor for the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) and the hosting organisation for APAC 17 is Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).