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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.

June 2018

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On Canvas

From painting to mosaic, come and unleash your creative side and try our art class for free! Class times are

10:00am-12:30pm
OR
2:00pm-4:30pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Come and try the program for FREE before the new 10 week term begins on the 16th July. For more information contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

19
Poetry Slam

Do you have an interest in creative writing and poetry? Why not try our new Poetry Slam class for free. Class times are

6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Come and try the program for FREE before the new 10 week term begins on the 16th July. For more information contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

20
Moving Melodies

Set free the musician in you by trying our new music class for free! Class times are

11:00am 12:00pm.

For more information  contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

20
Stand Up

Loosen up with this fun and engaging comedy workshop! Class times are

6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Come and try the program for FREE before the new 10 week term begins on the 16th July. For more information or contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

21
In Focus
1 Avoca St, Highett VIC

Bring your camera along and try our new photography class. Class times are

2:00pm-5:00pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Come and try the program for FREE before the new 10 week term begins on the 16th July. Visit  For more information or contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

22
Food for Thought
1 Avoca St, Highett VIC

Bring your camera along and try our new photography class. Class times are

2:00pm-5:00pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Come and try the program for FREE before the new 10 week term begins on the 16th July. Visit For more information or contact us on 1300 675 893 or 0424 025 520 and ask to speak to Rachael Read.

July 2018

21
AAC Conference
Gold Coast, QlD

Registration is open for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conference from 21 to 26 July 2018 on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The conference theme is ‘AACcess All Areas’. The special focus of the ISAAC Conference is the Asia-Pacific Region. Early Bird rates have been extended to 14 March 2018. Email conference2018@isaac-online.org

August 2018

03
Gold Coast Disability Expo
Gold Coast Event Centre, Bundall QLD

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August

The Gold Coast Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2018 Gold Coast City Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available within the Gold Coast and Hinterland regions from July 1, 2018, which means thousands of residents with a disability from these regions will gain greater control over their lives. These residents, their families and carers will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs. 

 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 Gold Coast Disability sector, with the aim to enhance the lives of people with a disability
03
Jeans for Genes

Each year, Australians unite by wearing their favourite jeans and outdoing each other with crazy denim outfits, and donating money or purchasing merchandise, to support genetic research.

On the first Friday in August each year workplaces, schools and streets become a sea of denim in a united stance against childhood disease. 

Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Sign Up Now

05
2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship
Sydney Olympic Park

From 5-10 August 2018, the Sydney Olympic Park Complex and Netball Central will host the world’s top 12 teams including the Australian Steelers who are the reigning Paralympic and world champions playing to defend their world title on home soil.

13
Neuro-rehabilitation Awareness Day
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

13
R U OK? Day
Australia
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.
14
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.

14
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.

18
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. 

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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

01
Step UP! for Down syndrome
Australia

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!

06
World Cerebral Palsy Day 2018
International

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.

18
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:

  • FREE ENTRY
  • 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

November 2018

12
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.

16
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:
  • FREE ENTRY 
  • 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
21
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.