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February 2020

Diversity in Leadership – Where are the Outcomes for people with Disability
VIC, Lander & Rogers, 600 Bourke Street, 12th Floor, Melbourne

12:00pm 2:00pm AEDT

Many organisations across Australia now see Diversity and Inclusion as a business imperative, contributing a productive, inclusive and happy workplaces. 

March 2020

International Wheelchair Day

The international day is a platform to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair can make in someone’s life.

Peer to Peer Exchange – Cirlce of Support Camberwell Library
VIC, Camberwell Library 340 Camberwell Road Meeting Room: Camberwell 3 Camberwell,

10:30am 12:30pm AEDT

Peer to Peer Exchange is about people with a disability and families sharing their ideas, experiences, wisdom and knowledge on topics of interest.

Members Roundtables
NSW, International Towers Sydney, Tower Two, 200 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney

Member Roundtables are informative and dynamic sessions that cover important topics related to disability, accessibility, recruitment, employment and more.

NDS Zero Tolerance Initiative – Trauma Informed Support Films Launch
VIC, International House, George Hicks Building 241 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052

9:30am 12:30pm, AEDT

National Disability Services (NDS) invites you to the launch of the new Trauma Informed Support Films which are being released as part of the NDS Zero Tolerance Initiative.

Toilet Training for children with disability or developmental delay
NSW, Plumtree Yabsley Avenue Marrickville, NSW

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills.

Self Advocacy Training and Feast for Ethnic People with Disability
VIC – Hume Global Learning Centre Broadmeadows - Seminar Room 4, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeado

The Self Advocacy Training aims to empower people from an Ethnic background with a disability to advocate for themselves. Note: This event is strictly for people from an ethnic background with disability only.

Pitch Your Passion 2020
ACT – Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, A2612

At this annual variety show hosted by Women with Disabilities ACT, 10 young people with disabilities will either perform or speak about something they are passionate about.

World Down Syndrome Day

Down Syndrome Australia is made up of eight State and Territory associations providing support, information and resources to people with Down syndrome and their families across the country.

DACSSA Disability Advocacy - 'Courage Collective' 2020 Workshop
SA – U City, 43 Franklin Street, Adelaide 5000

DACSSA is hosting a workshop and we invite people with disability and their networks to come and share our experiences and build our knowledge.

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness – Epilepsy Australia

Purple Day is a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada.

April 2020

Working with People with Disability
NSW, The Hill Shire Council, 3 Columbia Ct, Ground Floor C Building East, Baulkham Hills

This training will give volunteers the opportunity to ask questions, learn strategies, and gain confidence in order to engage positively with people with disability.

World Autism Awareness Day – United Nations - World Autism Day
QLD, Brisbane

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate, interact with others and cope in everyday situations.

Hunter Disability Expo
NSW, Newcastle Racecourse Broadmeadow

The Hunter Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2020 Hunter Calendar.

NDS NSW Conference 2020
NSW, International Convention Centre, Sydney

The NDS NSW Conference 2020 will encourage us to reflect on what matters most for people with disability, the sector, our current and future workforce and our communities.

Disability Insiders' NDIS for Advanced Users hosted by Disability Support Centre - Special Advanced
QLD, Disability Support Centre, Great Western Supercentre, 1028 Samford Rd, Keperra

Disability Insiders and Disability Support Centre are now proudly working together to bring free workshops to our local community. 

(TSV) Parent Workshop: Developing your child's communication
QLD, AEIOU Townsville Centre, 22 Ridley Rd, Kirwan 4817

Designed to provide families with the evidence behind our program, as well as practical tips and strategies to use at home and in the community, this session is open to parents and caregivers of children enrolled in, or waitlisted for, AEIOU's service.

International Guide Dog Day – Guide Dogs Australia

Guide Dogs Australia in collaboration with its state-based organisations, deliver essential services to children, teenagers, and the elderly who are blind or have low vision in every State and Territory across Australia.

May 2020

Gold Coast Seniors Expo
QLD, Gold Coast Event Centre Bundall,

Gold Coast Seniors are embracing the 'Just Live Expo' as a way to control how they want to live their lives now, whilst at the same time plan for the future.

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week – Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia
Australia wide

TSAA is a non-profit, self-funded, registered charity run by volunteers — consisting of people with TS, their families, health and education professionals and other interested and concerned people.

ATSA Independent Living Expo
WA, Claremont Showground 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont 6010

In 2020, the ATSA Independent Living Expo is set to have more than 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.

The 7 Secrets to Inclusion and Engagement for Children with Disabilities
NSW – The Pinnacle - South Hurstville RSL Club, 72 Connells Point Rd, South Hurstville, 2221

If you have no formal special education training and want to understand the myriad of disabilities and conditions, then this is the workshop for you. You will walk away with lots of tips and strategies to better cater for children with disabilities.

Shaping the Future - 2020 National Conference | Australian Network on Disability
International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney

In the year of our 20th anniversary, our 2020 conference will be a momentous occasion that celebrates the remarkable progress and contributions of our powerful network these past 20 years.

A sell-out event the last three years in a row, this year’s conference attracted 260 attendees from more than 120 organisations across Australia to hear about the positive forces driving positive and sustainable change nationally and globally.

ATSA Independent Living Expo
VIC, Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale 3032

13th -14th May In 2020, the ATSA Independent Living Expo is set to have more than 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.

2020 Autism Conference Series
SA, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, 5000

Autism SA is thrilled to be welcoming Dr Stephen Shore to present the 2020 Autism Conference Series at Adelaide Oval on Friday 29 May 2020!

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

The Gold Coast Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2020 Gold Coast City Calendar.

June 2020

MS Walk & Fun Run – Multiple Sclerosis Australia
Australia wide

We are very excited to bring you the latest and greatest in the Fun Run experience, the MS Walk Run + Roll! In recognition of our wonderful MS Community who come and either Walk, Run or Roll on through our courses, we’ve decided it was time for us to re-brand and celebrate the diversity of our fantastic participants.

Supporting Young Disabled People's Mental Health
SA, Thebarton Community Centre, Corner of Ashwin Parade and South Road, Torrensville, 5031

4:30-6:30pm ACST
Mental health issues are not uncommon among young people with disabilities. And yet, when we encounter a disabled person experiencing poor mental health, our understanding and response is still limited by assumptions such as their disability is the root cause of the mental health issue rather than looking deeper.

Geelong Disability Expo
VIC, Geelong Arena, North Geelong

The Geelong Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Event on the 2020 Calendar.

National Blood Donor Week – Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Australia wide

Staff at Global Diagnostics have rolled up their sleeves to donate blood for the National Blood Donor Week. It’s part of how we’re showing our support of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and its group donation program, Red25.

Disability Insiders’ NDIS for Self-Managers - a support group
QLD, Disability Support Centre, Great Western Supercentre, 1028 Samford Rd, Keperra, 4054

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM AEST
Disability Insiders and Disability Support Centre are now proudly working together to bring free workshops to our local community.

MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Global Day – MND Australia
Australia wide

The global day of recognition for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is held annually on 21 June and provides a chance to advocate and raise awareness for those living with the disease. MND is a group of diseases where the nerve cells, or neurones, fail to work properly.

July 2020

Disability Access and the Built Environment Sydney
NSW, RICS, Sydney

This session is aimed at property and construction professionals who must understand the legal and compliance rules around disability and the built environment.

2020 Hunter Future Choices Expo for Students with Disability
NSW, McDonald Jones Stadium, Turton Road, Broadmeadow, 2292

Everything students, families-carers, schools, services and providers need to know about moving to life after school or other study with disability… education, employment, apprenticeships/traineeships, community connections, advocacy, disability services, support services, information, and more!

Dept of Human Services: Disability Support Pension - Information Session
NT, Spillett House, 65 Smith Street, Darwin, 0810

10:30 am – 11:30 am ACST
Join the friendly Multicultural Services team from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support) for a short and informative session on the Disability Support Pension.

Crazy Hair Day – Cystic Fibrosis NSW
NSW, Australia

Crazy Hair Day is open to any educational institution, including day care centres, preschools, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. More then 350 crazy schools and day care centres participated in last year's Crazy Hair Day fundraiser, and this year is set to be crazier then ever!

August 2020

Sydney Disability Expo
NSW, Exhibition Hall 4, Sydney Olympic Park,

The Sydney Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2020 Sydney calendar.

Jeans for Genes Day – Children’s Medical Research Institute
Australia wide

This national event supports Children's Medical Research Institute and helps find cures for children's genetic diseases.Volunteers  across the country sell merchandise, collect donations and spread the word about  Jeans for Genes on the day.

Disability Awareness & Equity Training Workshop
NSW, The Arts Exchange, Ground Floor, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Our Disability Awareness and Equity Training workshops are all about helping you and your team improve how you connect with and support people with disability or who are Deaf.

September 2020

National Stroke Week – National Stroke Foundation
Australia wide

Stroke Week 2019 was all about celebrating everyday Aussies who can save a life just by knowing the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke. We were thrilled to see so many of you embrace the campaign and raise awareness.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week – Independence Australia
Australia wide

This national week is an initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, which represents eight of the country’s largest spinal cord injury support organisations including SCIA.

Nepean Disability Expo
NSW, Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, Cambridge Park,

With the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, 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. 

World Alzheimer’s Day – Alzheimer’s Australia
VIC, Melbourne, Australia

Dementia Awareness Month is held during September each year with World Alzheimer's Day occurring on 21 September. Alzheimer's Australia has a vision to develop dementia-friendly communities and organisations in Australia to reduce the stigma and social isolation associated with a diagnosis of dementia.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) - Workshop for PBS Practitioners (SA) 2020
SA, Flinders University, City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, 5000

It is pitched at PBS practitioners, team leaders, and allied health practitioners.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).

October 2020

National Amputee Awareness Week – Amputee Association of NSW

National Amputee Awareness Week (4-11 October) aims to build community knowledge of limb loss, minimise the stigma that amputees can face, encourage good quality of life outcomes, and educate the community about the high number of amputations in the hope they better manage their healthcare.

World Cerebral Palsy Day
Across Australia

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with Cerebral Palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 75 countries. Our vision is to ensure that children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. It is only together, that we can make that happen.

World Sight Day – Vision 2020 Australia
Across Australia

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, and is held on the second Thursday in October each year.

International Arthritis Day – Arthritis Victoria

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is a global awareness-raising day. EULAR participates by promoting activities and material through the EULAR Campaign Don’t Delay Connect Today and invites the RMD community to share these widely.

Disability at Work
QLD, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

National Disability Services is pleased to announce that the Disability at Work conference 2020 will incorporate the Workability International conference. It will take place on 12-13 October 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

White Cane Day – Vision Australia
Across Australia

Today, Sunday, 15 October, is International White Cane Day and Vision Australia is this year celebrating all that white canes support people who are blind or have low vision to do.

National Week of Deaf People – Deaf Australia
Across Australia

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a weeklong national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Deaf Australian community. 

It is an opportunity for Deaf people to:

  • Celebrate their community, language, culture and history
  • Make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities
  • Recognise the Deaf community's achievements
Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Networking Breakfast 2020
SA – Royal Banquet Room (Adelaide Showground), Goodwood Road, Wayville 5034

Catalyst Foundation is extending a warm and open invitation to members of the public to join sponsors, exhibitors and our guest speakers at the Good Morning Adelaide Breakfast, which kickstarts the Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo.

Loud Shirt Day
Across Australia

You’re invited to make noise and get LOUD for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing. It couldn’t be easier to show your support, all you need to start is a LOUD shirt!

Great Strides Day – Cystic Fibrosis Australia
Across Australia

Great Strides is a series of fun run/walks which raise much needed proceeds and awareness for those living with Cystic Fibrosis.

November 2020

Brisbane Disability Expo
QLD, Royal International Convention Centre 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills 4006

The Brisbane Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated all ages, all abilities disability specific Expo on the 2019 Brisbane Calendar.

Melbourne Disability Expo
VIC, MELBOURNE EXHIBITION CENTRE, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, VIC 3006

People with Disability are embracing My Future, My Choice as a way to control how they want to live their lives now and plan for the future.

Assistance Dogs Awareness Week – Assistance Dogs Australia
Across Australia

Each year, Australia goes to the dogs to celebrate the work of Assistance Dogs Australia, during their Awareness Week, usually held during the last week of November.
Assistance Dogs Australia Week was created to raise awareness for what this organisation does, the people they help and how they make a huge difference to the lives of people with disabilities, offering them more freedom and independence thanks to a canine helper.

December 2020

International Day of People with Disability 2020 with TFTF
VIC, Level 5 Conference Centre, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, 3000

8:30 am – 11:00 am AEDT
International Day of People With Disability (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 their achievements and contributions.

UN International Day of People with Disability – IDPwD
Across Australia

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

CEO’s Meeting 2020 Melbourne
VIC, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

National Disability Services is pleased to announce that the CEOs' Meeting 2020 will take place on 7 and 8 December at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.