Conference News

More Champions of Change Podcasts

Podcasts for all the sessions are now available.  You can find links to them from the various session pages on the  conference website and also in the forum summaries section on the DARU website. The sessions that are new this week include: Strength in Numbers, VSAN Committee Real Change or Short Changed, kairsty Wilson & Viv Avery Deafblind World, … Continued

Conference podcasts now available

There has been a lot of work behind the scenes since the conference in August to get some resources together.  We are very pleased to announce that all the sessions in the River Room, the main plenary, are now available as audio podcasts from the DARU website. Over the next few weeks the full transcripts … Continued

Self Advocates on their Way

A group of self advocates from FRANS in Sydney were interviewed by James Carlton from Radio National breakfast to discuss their participation at this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference. Listen or download the interview at:

Registrations have Closed

Ticket sales have now closed for this year’s conference.  The planning committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates next week at Melbourne Park. Delegates attending are advised to check out ‘The Venue’ information that has directions on how to get there and layout and access maps.

Brick Walls and Plans for Champions of Change

Honestly, you’d be mad to miss it – it looks amazing!  The program is finalised and details for all sessions are now available at: Here’s a taster for what’s in store… Not Another Brick in the Wall! Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Victorian Chapter will chair a panel discussion to … Continued

What a Champion!

Hear first hand from Kairsty about the AED campaign that led to her award in the Session at the Champions of change: Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference. Viv Avery from Villamanta Legal Service will speak in the same session about their campaign against the hike in board and lodging fees in government-funded accommodation. And that’s just … Continued

It’s All About Graeme!

Last week we announced that Graeme Innes AM will deliver the keynote address at conference. This is only weeks after he finishes up in his role as Disability DiscriminationCommissioner. The Commission is creating an accessible farewell card to thank him for his remarkable contribution to the Commission.  If you would like to contribute, please send your farewell message to: … Continued

Advocates are Champions!

Only seven weeks to go until the 2014 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference. Graeme Innes AM, only weeks after his final address to the National Press Club as Disability discrimination Commissioner, will deliver the keynote address. This will be followed by a presentation from Kairsty Wilson from AED Legal Service on discrimination against people who have … Continued

Not Another Brick in the Wall

With all the talk about Gonski reform, disability loading in schools funding, social inclusion and belonging, how can we ensure that children with disabilities achieve a meaningful learning experience? Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) will host a panel discussion on policy that will positively impact on inclusive education for students with a … Continued

We’re over the Moon about the Dog

Two very special guests will make the finale session at conference a memory to treasure.  First Dog on the Moon is a true champion of accessibility who pioneered the first audio described cartoons and Shaking the tree will rock the house. First Dog on the Moon Andrew Marlton (aka First Dog on the Moon)is the … Continued

Earlybird Tickets Extended

Ticket enquiries have hotted up for Champions of Change. To give you more time to register with the 10% earlybird rate, we have extended the availability of these tickets until 30 May 2014.

More Session Announcements for Conference

There is a buzz building  for the Champions of Change conference and we are pleased to announce the latest confirmed session: NDIS Championing for Choice and Control Bill Lawler will take us on a journey with three participants from the launch of the NDIS in the Barwon, Otway and Surf Coast region. We will learn … Continued

Introducing Reel Zone at Conference

The Reel Zone is a movie theatre with a difference.  The films tell real life stories about how people with disabilities realise that their right to a fulfilled life is not straight forward. The narratives share the many challenges they have overcome before they could make real changes for themselves. The films will be shown … Continued

Keynote Announcements for Champions of Change

Embracing Ugly in a Beauty Obsessed World Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas and was featured on Australian Story in … Continued

Commissioner Conversation: Flagship Session Confirmed

Graeme Innes AO, Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission will be moderating a conversation with leaders from key agencies in Victoria. the panel includes: Colleen Pearce, the Public Advocate, Kate Jenkins, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Bernie Geary, the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People Frank Lambrick, the Senior Practitioner … Continued