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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.

September 2017


Support Australians living with a brain injury to avoid being sidelined!
Sidetember is an annual, national fundraising campaign encouraging Australians to step outside their comfort zone during the month of September to raise awareness and funds to support the over 700,000 people in Australia living with a brain injury. This is the first time the organisations have teamed up to run the Sidetember campaign.
Every day we live our lives on autopilot. Daily routines like getting dressed, texting, talking, walking, eating, socialiasing, are performed without thinking, or paying much attention.
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.
This September, you will see how hard their lives actually are.
By participating in Sidetember, you will step into the shoes of someone living with a brain injury for a few moments every day. You will see what it’s like to walk on their side.
You’ll not only live your own more deliberate life, but you’ll be more compassionate and will help people with a brain injury reclaim their lives and get back into the community.
Please contact Ishtar Schneider (0422 944 023 or ishtar@palin.com.au) or Rachel McWhinnie (0490 778 725 or rachel@palin.com.au) at Palin Communications (02 9412 2255) for more information. 

The Emoji Movie – sensory-friendly session
Noarlunga cinema

This movie session is for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families and carers. It is closed to the general public. Lights and sounds will be reduced and people will be free to leave their seats to move around the cinema. From 10am - Cost: $10 adults, $8.50 children. Phone Wallis Cinemas on 8326 1313.

Invictus Games Toronto 2017
Toronto, ON, Canada
This time the games will be held in Toronto, Canada! The Invictus Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and their loved ones.

October 2017


The Assistance Dogs Australia Super Pups have dog-napped Dogtober for their fundraising and awareness month – but they need your help to make it the best Dogtober ever!
The entire month is dedicated to celebrating your dog – in fact ALL dogs across the country. The pups want you to take fundraising into your own paws, organising doggy themed events or challenges to raise much needed funds and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia.
To help you out the super pups got their wet noses together and thought of some really creative fundraising activities to dog-spire you!

October – Step UP! for 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
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a social movement, of, by and for the CP community. Our vision is to ensure that everyone with CP has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. Our campaign empowers you take action locally and, in doing so, help to build the global movement for change.
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
The Modern Honolulu and Hilton Hawaii Village and Resorts
1st Asia Bowls For The Disabled
Siheung Lawn Bowls Club, Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do, 429-450 South Korea
The Republic of Korea is hosting the 1st Asia Bowls for the Disabled Championship in October 2017. The Siheung Lawn Bowls Club will host teams from all over Asia to complete in the 6-day competition. For more information, please contact Kelsey Singh at kelsey@sports.org.au
White Cane Day

The President of the United States annually recognises White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunities as any other American.
The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired.

Mindshare Creative Writing Awards 2017
Rundle Park, cnr East Tce and Rundle Rd, Adelaide

This poetry and creative writing competition is presented by mindshare, with the support of Living Arts, NEAMI Arts, Access2Arts and the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia. Entries are open to South Australians who have a lived experience of mental illness. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant and unpublished. Deadline for entries: Monday 28 August 2017. Phone 8212 8873 or email mindshare@mhcsa.org.au.
Each winning entry will receive an award and a $50 Coles/Myer voucher and a winners plaque.
Winners will be announced at the Festival of Now on Friday 13 October 2017.

Kids and Youth Disability Expo
Priceline Stadium
KYD-X will continue to focus on services and products for children, and this year will include products and services for teens and young adults. Topics covered will include education, social activities, day options, employment services and independent living. Bookings for exhibitors are now open.
Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day is a positive an excuse to wear your brightest clothes (love ‘em, hate ‘em, whatever) and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children.  Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as your clothes have colour and pizzazz, it will be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.
If you’re the social and energetic type, why not organise an event at work, school or with friends? Create a theme – wear your best and brightest frock, the most hideous shirt, the most outrageous outfit – and get people to contribute on the day for the honour of participating (and having a really good time).
Any excuse for a get together is good. Have it over morning tea, lunch, and don’t forget the catwalk parade!
To host or participate, just register online. You’ll be sent a kit containing all the information you need.
All funds raised go to the centre in your state.

Deaf Festival 2017
Parramatta Riverside NSW

The largest Deaf Community event of the year is fast approaching. The Deaf Festival will be held on Saturday, 21st October from 10am to 4pm on the north side of Parramatta River between Wilde Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
It is a great family day with activities for everyone from jumping castles and plaster-painting for the kids to performances, games, market stalls and great food that the whole family can enjoy.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their support; Uber, Google, Cochlear and Ai-Media.
For more information about the festival, follow us on Facebook.
See you there!

Queensland 2017 Polio Health and Wellness Retreat
SurfAir Conference & Events Centre Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

In 2017 Polio Australia will once again facilitate its 3 day Polio Health and Wellness Retreat for polio survivors and their partners, this time from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October at the SurfAir Conference & Events Centre Marcoola on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Universal Design Forum Adelaide
Adelaide Convention Centre

Designing and building for all

Topics will include, issues related to universal design in planning, the public domain, housing, tourist & recreation venues, and outdoor areas. Our aim is to make the universal design forum in Adelaide a creative and diverse meeting place for both speakers and participants. We want to encourage conversations about how to create more inclusive environments. This forum will provide a valuable exchange of ideas, research and solutions as well as establishing connections and networks for future innovation in universal design in Australia.

In this forum, experts in the built environment come together to share and expand their knowledge of universal design, and how we can utilise it to make homes and environments more useable, accessible, safer and convenient for everyone.

Recommended for public and private sector, local government, advocacy and the construction, architecture and design industries.

Adelaide Convention Centre 8.30am – 5pm

Hosted by Hon Kelly Vincent Dignity Party MLC

Supported by the City of Adelaide

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo: My Life, My Choice
Adelaide Showground, SA
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.

November 2017

National NDIS Mental Health Conference
SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW
Held over two days in Sydney in November 2017, the NDIS Mental Health Conference is an opportunity for the Mental Health sector to work together to make the most of this new scheme. With the conference theme "towards a good life", there will be a focus on the transformational potential of the NDIS for people living with a psychosocial disability.
Paralympic 7-a-side Junior Program
Valentine Sports Park235 Meurants LaneGlenwood, NSW, 2768
The Junior 7-a-side Paralympic Football Program started this year for any child with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury or Stroke who wants to try out football.
Disability Matters - New Zealand
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
A conference for every body (not just academics): As with the 2011 conference, we encourage participation by disabled people, families-whānau, students, practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, representatives of self-advocacy, advocacy, service, community organisations and government departments – anyone who is interested in disability matters. A Call for Papers is forthcoming… In the meantime, please save the date and plan to come to Otago in November 2017. Contact details Email disability.matters@otago.ac.nz

December 2017

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
South West Disability Expo
Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool NSW

The first of its kind in the region, the South West Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2017 calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has now rolled out across most of NSW, and thousands of residents with disabilities from the South West Sydney Region 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.