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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.

August 2018

Awegust for Awetism
Australia wide

AWEgust for AWEtism is a month-long campaign that brings out the AWE in AWEtism. People and groups undertake a personal I CAN challenge over AWEgust to raise funds for the I CAN Network, Australia's first social enterprise founded and predominately run by Autistic people.

NDIS Essential Briefing 2018
All Capital Cities, Australia

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

At the conference, NDS experts will present on the local context by state; the latest news on the NDIS; pricing, planning and payments and Quality and Safeguarding.

The conference will also include a facilitated discussion, giving you a chance to ask your most burning questions. Until August 20. 

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


Live your own more deliberate life this September with the Sidetember Challenge.

Every day we live our lives on autopilot, completing daily routines like getting dressed, talking, and walking without thinking. But for people living with a brain injury, these simple things we take for granted often have to be re-learned – and they become triumphs when they are achieved.

Sidetember is your chance to take an active role in supporting people who live with a brain injury to get off the sidelines and back into the community.

The #SideChallenge is simple: Sign up. Complete the brain injury challenges we will send you weekly via email and SMS throughout September. Share your efforts on social media to help raise funds and awareness.

Disability Employment Australia’s Conference
Hilton Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA

Disability Employment Australia’s Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, aspiring managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Universal Design Conference
Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre; Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD

Time: 9am – 5pm

Universal Design is an international movement recognised by the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. They both cite universal design as a way to create greater social and economic inclusion for everyone.  Australian state and federal policy documents also recognise universal design as the way forward in the National Disability Strategy. With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and policy changes planned for older people, everyone needs to be ready to embrace the principles of universal design in their daily work.

Independence Australia’s Accessibility Weekend

Accessibility Weekend is a FREE event providing access to Victoria's favourite attractions for people who use a wheelchair and their carer. Join us to celebrate access and inclusion for people with a physical disability.

Outside the Box
SMC, Sydney, NSW

Time: 8am – 5pm

Disability housing and the disability workforce are two of the biggest concerns facing the disability sector. That’s why National Disability Services is hosting Outside the Box – a national two-day conference.

Day One will unpack all things accommodation, including: choice in a reasonable and necessary environment; aligning investment with demand; and housing innovation. On Day Two, we turn our attention to the disability workforce – planning and preparing for the changes needed to build the workforce the NDIS requires.

R U OK? Day
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.
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.

2018 Care Expo
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Merivale Street & Gleneig Street, South Brisbane QLD

The 2018 Care Expo will bring together a diverse range of community services, businesses and organisations providing products and services from the support, health and care industries, all under the one big roof! 

This event is a first for Queensland providing an opportunity to discover and connect with providers from aged care, disability and in-home support through to education, mobility, mental health, social, recreational services and more.

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2018 – Doing Disability Differently
NAB The Hall, Level 3, 700 Bourke Street Docklands, Vic

9:30am – 5:30pm 

It’s an election year in Victoria. This conference is a platform to let our politicians know about what needs to change for people with disability. It’s time to celebrate diversity and showcase a range of perspectives while keeping a keen focus on what needs to change.

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. 

International Day of Sign Languages

We are pleased to announce that following the declaration by the United Nations (UN), International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) will be celebrated annually on the 23rd September as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf).

For this year, taking place under a cross-cutting theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’, IDSL will be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018 consecutively with IWDeaf which runs between Monday 24th September and Sunday 30th September 2018.

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

Step UP! for Down syndrome

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!

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2018

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.

Hunter Disability Expo
Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow NSW

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

The Expo will involve:

  • a variety of over 100+ exhibiting service & product providers
  • presentations and speakers from the NDIS, Government agencies and Disability Organisations
  • cafe & break out rooms
  • kids entertainment & live all-ability performances
Deaf Festival
Parramatta, NSW

Time: 10am – 4pm

Save the Date!

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. We have already started planning this years event.

Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

27th National Conference on Incontinence
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS

Time: 9am – 5pm

Join us at Australia’s premier conference on incontinence, the ideal opportunity to access the most dynamic, committed and informed group of medical, nursing, physiotherapy and specialist health professionals in the continence field, combined with a comprehensive trade exhibition and concurrent scientific program.

November 2018

AAAH 2018 Youth Health Conference – Owning Future Change
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

7th - 9th November, 9am – 5pm

This year’s conference will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s health, diversity and health, and sexuality education and sexual health as its major themes. Technology, mental health, and young people with chronic illness and disability will be just some of our other streams.

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.

Melbourne Disability Expo
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Melbourne Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Event on the 2018 Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now rolled out or being rolled out progressively across most of Victoria metro and regional areas. This means thousands of residents with disabilities from the greater Melbourne region have gained greater control over their lives and will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs.

The Expo will involve:
  • a variety of exhibiting service & product providers from the greater Melbourne regions
  • presentations & speakers from government disability agencies and service providers
  • tasty cafe & kids play area
  • a variety of live all-ability performances
Australian Para-Badminton International & Oceania Para-Badminton Champions
Leisuretime Centre

Badminton is an Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games sport. Para-Badminton caters for people with physical impairments and will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

December 2018

Delivering Disability Care Forum
Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George Street, Chippendale, NSW 2007

Since the launch of the NDIS in early 2013, disability care providers have faced significant uncertainty, pressure to maintain standards and concerns over financial sustainability. With the disability care landscape now a crowded and competitive market, maintaining high-quality services is critical and an extensive understanding of consumer needs is paramount for success. 

To succeed and thrive under the NDIS requires a fundamental rethink in the way your organisation does business - the Delivering Disability Care conference will be your toolkit for success. With thought-leading presentations, innovative ideas and extensive opportunities for networking, this conference proactively tackles the challenges faced by NDIS service providers and explores the practical solutions for ensuring your success.