Conference News

Save the date!

Yes the SDAC is back in 2018.  It’s an election year in victoria so the program will focus on the issues that politicians need to hear about. We can’t wait to let you know about the line-up but diversity of perspective is guaranteed. Stay tuned for details.  

Session resources now available

The videos with Auslan and full transcripts are now available for all sessions. Go to the ‘Program’ tab and click through to the relevant session. Enjoy!

‘Advocacy Matters’ campaign born

Advocacy does matter.  It created quite a buzz during the final panel session of the day when Mary Mallett, CEO of Disability advocacy Network Australia (DANA),  announced that plans were underway to start a national ‘Advocacy Matters’ campaign. Delegates were more than happy to kick off the idea by demonstrating their support.     Further details … Continued

Conference tickets sold out

Ticket sales have closed early because we sold out!  The conference committee is pleased that we’ll be ‘gearing up’ in lots of good company.  The NDIS is certainly the talk of the town even if it isn’t always for the best reasons.  The presenters and panelists have a wide range of perspectives to share and … Continued

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017: Sponsorship Announcement

  The Disability Services Commissioner is committed to ensuring that people with disability have a voice and presence in conversations about matters that affect them. Which is why The Disability Services Commissioner has proudly sponsored the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017: Getting into Gear for the NDIS Journey, to enable 50 people with disability to purchase … Continued

Save the date!

The line-up is certainly gearing up! A team of strong  facilitators from the disability advocacy sector is already confirmed to lead panel  conversations with equally dynamic guests and Alastair McEwin, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, has agreed to present the Keynote Address. But wait! there’s more… Those who came to last year’s Rights Retrospective will remember the powerful preview of … Continued

Speaker invitations are going out

The theme for 2017’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference is ‘Getting into Gear for the NDIS journey’. This conference will begin with a keynote address presenting an overview of the NDIS, setting the scene before the first panel takes stock of the road already travelled. We will look back and see how far we have come. … Continued

Evaluation and outcomes

Thanks to everyone who completed the evaluation survey.  Your feedback has been compiled into the SDAC Evaluation Report which is available for download from the DARU website. As is often the case with evaluation forms, your comments were the most informative and  echoed those on the day.  Here’s a range of comments collected during the conference that are … Continued

The Rights Tough on YouTube

The Rights Tough really got the Rights Retrospective rocking.  the consensus is that live music works at conferences and there should be more of it.  It certainly provided a great medium to show the deinstitutionalisation, transport, education and employment campaigns over the past 30 years. The music videos with The Rights Tough live are now available … Continued

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference Evaluation Form

Did you enjoy the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016 Putting Rights Centre Stage? Did the Rights Retrospective leave you with a big smile on your faces, like it did ours? Please tell us what you think! this evaluation survey will help us to inform future conferences. Thank you for coming and participating in SDAC16! Link … Continued

Looking for assistance at the conference?

  If you need assistance to get into the building, or information on where to go, keep your eyes out for our amazing team of volunteers wearing these red vests. They will assist you on the day getting from your taxi or the entrance of the NAB building to the conference rooms and registration desk.

Advocacy beyond 2016

Find out what the future of disability advocacy promotion might llook like in the future at the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference on 2 September. How do advocates bring issues to the notice of the general public and decision makers now that the punk and union movements are less likely  to get behind causes and organising … Continued

Enter Stage Rights – panellists confirmed

This session at the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference will look at applying human rights in person centered service delivery- What role can or should disability advocacy play in the future landscape of consumer directed service delivery? How do we make sure  that mainstream services are made accessible to  people with disability and what does best practice look … Continued

Rights Retrospective – Pre Conference event

There is a real buzz about this event – the pre-conference event for the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference on 1 September 2016. It’s been 30 years since disability advocacy was first funded in Victoria as a government program and we’re celebrating the personalities and campaigns that have built the strong advocacy sector we have today. The … Continued