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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.

November 2018

Come and Try Racerunning: Adelaide
SA Athletics Stadium, 145 Railway Terrace, Mile End, SA

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Come and try RaceRunning - a sport suitable for anyone who is unable to functionally walk or run! Open to all ages from 3 to 103, those who use a wheelchair, walkers or have an unsteady gait.

Learn about the development of the sport for recreation and competition.

See the benefits of Running bikes for social participation and health.

Trial and test the bikes - Learn about correct setup and try them for yourself.

Race Running is now a World Para Athletic event with over 17 countries now competing at the World Games.

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.

International Day of People with a Disability BBQ
Jubilee Community Centre, 7 Jubilee Way, Wynn Vale, SA 5127

11:00am – 12:00pm

Celebrating International Day of people with a disability. Join us for a free outdoor sausage sizzle. Sit under the trees and enjoy the beautiful parklands beside Jubilee Community Centre. Free event hosted by the Tea Tree Gully Men’s Shed.

Come and Try Racerunning: Brisbane
UQ Sport - 25St Lucia, QLD

Time: 9am – 1pm

Come and try RaceRunning - a sport suitable for anyone who is unable to functionally walk or run! Open to all ages from 3 to 103, those who use a wheelchair, walkers or have an unsteady gait.

Learn about the development of the sport for recreation and competition.

See the benefits of Running bikes for social participation and health.

Trial and test the bikes - Learn about correct setup and try them for yourself.

Race Running is now a World Para Athletic event with over 17 countries now competing at the World Games.

2018 Festival of Wheelchair Rugby League
Auburn PCYC, Wyatt Park, Church Street. Lidcombe, NSW 2141

11:30am – 5:30pm 

You are invited to attend this year's must see sporting event for 2018 - the NSW Festival of Wheelchair Rugby League.

This FREE to attend event is supported by the 2018 International Day of People with Disability and it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about one of Australia's most inclusive and competititve sports.

As well as watching a few games of Wheelchair Rugby League you can also meet our Ambassadors, the Wheelchair Rugby League team and our amazing athletes.

High Tea Garden Party – AutismWest
Dalkeith, WA, 6009

Time: 2:00pm

Hosted by Autism West - Celebrating 10 Years

Ladies, please join us for an afternoon of fun, champagne and beautiful high tea treats to celebrate Women on the Spectrum. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Autism West for services specifically tailored for women on the spectrum.

Disability and Seniors Expo
Benalla Town Hall, 82-86 Nunn St, Benalla, VIC 3672


Over 20 different MyAged Care and NDIS registered providers will be on hand to talk to people about the services they offer. In addition, a range of activity providers who have demonstrated their accessibility and inclusive services. Wheelchair access available via side entrance.
Disabled toilets on site

For More Information
03 5760 2600

Bayside Council Film Festival for International Day of People with Disability
Eastgardens Library 152 Bunnerong Road, Ground floor, Eastgardens, NSW 2036

11am – 12:30pm

Presenting a Wide Angle Film Festival and Your Employment Options

Check out some short films with inclusive themes while finding out about Disability Employment Options. Meet people from Disability Services Australia (DSA) and Ability Links and find out what they can do for you.

All welcome.

For more information please call Carol at Bayside Council on 0413 045 757 or Kim at DSA on 0490 120 999.

International Day of People with Disability – Celebrate on the Square
Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA

Time: 11am - 2pm

We are planning a day of celebration on November 30 for the International Day of People with Disability, along with our partners Brain Injury SA and PQSA.

Hundreds of people joined us in the previous years and we look forward to staging another memorable event to recognise and celebrate people living with disability.

More than 40 organisations also joined us in 2017, each with stalls that showcased the products and services available to people living with disability. If your organisation wishes to participate in our 2018 event, please contact Therese Sjostrom on 8429 0744 or therese.sjostrom@sa.gov.au.

Positive Behaviour Support – Introductory workshop for direct support
Flinders University, City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA 5000

9:30 - 5:00pm

For successful PBS to occur, everyday support people require the skills to implement strategies outlines in individually designed PBS plans. This training is focussed on people working in disability, and is relevant to many disability types such as autism (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), and acquired brain injury (ABI).

December 2018

Amplifying voices with Carly Findlay
Multipurpose Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

6pm – 7:30pm

Join award winning writer Carly Findlay, on International Day of People with Disability, for a talk on the importance of empowering disabled people to tell their stories and to work in sustainable creative careers.

Carly will discuss her own experience as a writer, speaker and perfomer, and amplify other voices in the disability community.

Bookings essential.

International Day of People with Disability

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996. IDPWD aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

NDS WA Lunch in Celebration of International Day of People with Disability
Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth, Convention Centre, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

NDS will celebrate International Day of People with Disability by hosting an exciting lunch event. International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability. The event will be attended by more than 500 people from across the disability sector, as well as private, corporate and government sectors. It aims to showcase and celebrate the achievements of people with disability in Western Australia.

Complimentary tickets are available to people with disability to attend the lunch. To register, please submit your expression of interest, including the number of tickets you require (including companion if applicable) to Partner&Prosper on 
events@partnerandprosper.com.au or 08 9443 3468 by Friday 19 October 2018. 

Please note: These tickets are subject to funding and applicants will be notified of the outcome in early November.

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.

Save the Date – How Tech Changed the Disability Landscape
Work Inc, 6 Middlemiss Street, Lavender Bay, NSW

Time: 6pm - 8:30

Details TBA, but hold the date... you're not going to want to miss this.

This is a free event. Please take time to thank someone from Work inc who are sponsoring this event.

We want to keep building the community of startups and innovation ecosystem people on the North Shore. Read our Vision Statement!

Action for improving the health of people with intellectual disability
UNSW CBD Campus 1 O'Connell Street Level 6 Sydney, NSW 2000

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Australia has committed to ensuring “persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health”. Yet the research shows very limited progress towards this goal.

If you think we should do better, join us as we hear from international and local experts, including people with intellectual disability, advocates, researchers and medical practitioners as we ask the big questions. What is at the root of this issue? What needs to be done? And whose responsibility is it?

Senior Practitioner – Disability 2018 Seminar
College of Surgeons, Corner of Spring and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Time: 10am – 3pm

You are invited to come and hear updates from the Senior Practitioner – Disability team on their recent projects and also hear from other guest speakers. 

College of Surgeons is located opposite Parliament train station (Lonsdale Street exit).

Please arrive 9.30am for a 10am start.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided. Vegetarian and Gluten free options will be available.

If you have any inquires please contact Maree on 9096 8427 or email officeofprofessionalpractice@dhhs.vic.gov.au

International Day of People with Disability Gala
Lansdowne Room, Bankstown Sports Club, Entry via Mona Street, 8 Greenfield Parade Bankstown, NSW 22

6:30 – 9:30pm 

Come and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with a disability in our local community. Enjoy some music, entertainment and great food as we celebrate this year's theme of empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

I CAN Geelong Professional Development Day
20 Adams Court, Eastern Park , Geelong, VIC

I CAN Network Professional Development which will cover content included but not limited to:

- Introduction to Autism & I CAN Network
- Classroom Strategies & Quiet Magic Methods
- Processing Styles & Sensory Needs
- How to Engage the Non-Engaged Student

On Friday 7 December 2018 at 1:00pm
Info Night | Disability Course
All Health Training - Blackburn Campus Level 2 29 Railway Road, Blackburn 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.

1st National NDIS Conference: Doing it Our Way
Marriott Hotel, Brisbane

11th - 13th December

The 1st National NDIS Conference: Doing It Our Way is designed to provide organisations, service managers and front line workers in the disability sector the opportunity to network, discuss and share information in regards to the successes and challenges they have experienced in the roll out and the implementation of one of Australia’s largest social policy reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which aimed to provide the person living with a disability, better choice and control over their own lives, their own care, empowering them to make decisions to address their needs and wants.

An ABS survey stated that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience disability at more than twice the rate of other Australians. They also experience inequality and prejudice across a spectrum of health, well-being and social indicators, often facing multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within their own communities and the wider community. Because of these intersections between race and disability, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples living with a disability and their families are amongst the most disadvantaged and disempowered members of the Australian community, overwhelmingly highlighting the adverse intersectional impact of being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and having disability across a range of wellbeing and social indicators including health, educational attainment, employment participation, personal safety and exposure to the criminal justice system.

February 2019

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

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!

March 2019

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.

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.

April 2019

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. 

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.

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!