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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!

SLES and Finding & Keeping a Job FREE Networking Event
Woodville Alliance disAbility Services, Ground Floor 44-46 Mandarin Street, Fairfield East, NSW

School leavers, Parents, Transition Teachers, Career Advisors, Support Coordinators and Local Area Coordinators - this event is for you!
We have 4 very SPECIAL GUEST speakers from the NDIS and TAFE NSW to talk all things 'SLES' (School Leaver Employment Support) and 'Finding & Keeping a Job'.
Bring along your experience and questions to help us create exciting vocational opportunities for our young people with disabilities.
Afternoon tea provided.

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.
Halloween Ball
The Regal Ballroom, 216 High Street, Northcote, VIC

Melbourne City Mission will host our second annual ball for people living with disability,
friends and family following on from the success of last year's Spring Gala Ball.
Join us at the Regal Ballroom for a spooky night of fun, dinner and dancing.

Knox 2017 Program
Knox Community Arts Centre, Cnr Scoresby Road / Mountain Highway, Bayswater

How to help your child reach their full potential and be the best that they can be.
Rebecca is the Founder of My Special Child, and has worked with children and their families all over the world.
27-28 October - 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $75 for one day or $115 for 2 days concession rates available.
All tickets include, lunch, morning tea, refreshments, conference pack and a certificate of attendance (certificate counts for VIT PD points for teachers and professionals)

SCOSA Stampede
Wellington Square, North Adelaide

Whether you walk, push a wheelchair, use a mobility aid, jump, dance or stroll, join us on Sunday 29 October 2017 at 10.30am in Wellington Square, North Adelaide for a fun day out which includes loads of colour, music and good vibes as we Stampede with a 2km loop through the streets of North Adelaide like you’ve never seen before. This is more than just a walk! We are rallying together as a mass of people, loud and proud to celebrate everybody’s abilities and we need your support to help promote a socially inclusive community for South Australians living with disabilities. At the end of the Stampede there will be a huge day of free activities, face painting, live entertainment, delicious food, fun and games to celebrate our abilities as a community. There are some great prizes to be won!

And the best thing of all is – it’s free to participate!

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.
OZeWAI Conference 2017
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

OZeWAI 2017 will be held in Canberra. Join us in celebrating 20-years of OZeWAI.
Please subscribe to the mailing list to receive the latest program news.
One of the conference days will be focusing on accessible education.

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
Seen and Unseen (EPIC Assist Art Exhibition)
Factory 51 51 Holdsworth St Coorparoo QLD

As the end of the year draws closer, EPIC is excitedly preparing for our third annual art exhibition, celebrating International Day of People with Disability. All professional and emerging artists are now invited to submit their pieces for the exhibition, which is entitled Seen and unseen. This year’s theme delves into the varying experiences of people with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Great South East Bowl Off
AMF Frankston Tenpin Bowl 228 Cranbourne Road Frankston VIC

The Great South East Bowl Off is now in its third year, with approx. 200 participants/carers attending.
Bowling is free and trophies are provided for the winning team, with showbags given to all participants.

Accessibility details: We have ramp access to the Venue, with handle balls and ball ramps available on the lanes and disabled toilet

The venue is suitable for wheelchairs.

Cessnock Includes You: Come and Try Day
Cessnock PCYC, 1B Short St, Cessnock NSW

SAVE THE DATE! In 2017 the City of Cessnock will be celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by hosting our 2nd Come & Try Day at PCYC Cessnock! Join us on Thursday 30th November for a fun day out and try something new! Activities running on the day will be adapted to all levels of skill and ability - there is something for everyone! Come along and give a game of soccer, cricket or basketball a go! Unleash your creative side with some art and music! Enjoy some down time with a game of cards or a yoga class. Whatever you like - Cessnock Includes YOU! Like and share our page to stay updated on the latest 2017 Come & Try Day news.

December 2017

Dance Party
Kyeamba Smith Hall, Wagga Wagga Show Grounds, Cnr Bourke & Urana Streets, Wagga Wagga NSW

About 300 people who have a disability, their families/carers and friends are expected to fill Kyeamba Smith Hall to celebrate their abilities and achievements at the Dance Party. Rock & Roll music, free BBQ, cakes & drinks, costume prizes and photos will be available for everyone. Entry will only be with a ticket – $5.00 (Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult).

The event is auspiced by the Regional Disability Advocacy Service, supported by the Dance Party Steering Committee which comprises representatives from disability and community services in Wagga Wagga. This much anticipated annual event also reflects strong community support and the hard work and generosity of local organisations and businesses.

The Cube Courtyard, Wodonga

The Albury City Access Advisory Group and The Wodonga Community Access Advisory Group are organising an end of year celebration to mark International Day of People with Disability.

The event will be a platform for people to share their experience of disability and is aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting human rights of all people.

The event will include live music, disability advocacy speakers and a BBQ lunch. 

The event will be held in The Cube Courtyard, Wodonga, with community transport available from QE2 square, Albury.

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. 

Australia’s Not-for-Profit Leaders Forum
Sydney (Swissôtel Sydney)

Developing practical strategies to navigate an organisation through an era of change.

The Not-for-Profit sector in Australia is going through one of the biggest eras of change in history. With less government funding, increased competition, growing consumer demands and disruption of technology, many businesses in the industry are struggling to keep up and remain sustainable.

It is vital that organisations modernise their businesses and create solid foundations that have the capacity to embrace and drive change and innovation.

Akolade’s National Not-for-Profit Leaders Forum provides delegates with practical tools to strengthen their business in order to remain viable and financially sustainable in an unpredictable sector.