Friday 14th September, 2018: 9:30am - 9:50am


The Hall


Facilitated by:

Wayne Herbert, Disability Activist, Author and Presenter

Wayne is a prominent, in-demand, and outspoken international public speaker, presenter, advocate, writer and comedian promoting the rights of and opportunities for people with disability and people in the LGBTIQ community. Wayne believes his parents won the diversity lottery, as he is a disabled, gay, aspiring drag queen! Wayne now embarks on the journey as a writer with his first book Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay. His book is a collection of the shit people say to a thirty-something-year-old disabled gay man. Photo of Wayne Herbert, Disability Activist, Author and Presenter

Session Summary

Wayne Herbert, Disability Activist, Author and Comedian and MC for the day, introduces the conference theme. This is followed by a ‘Welcome to Country’ presented by an Elder from Wurundjeri Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corporation. Professor David Hayward is the Director of the Future Social Services Institute and also the sponsor for SDAC18 gives a short address.



From behind the scenes, we know that one of the references that Professor Hayward used in preparing his speech was ‘The Social Model’ by Jordan Steel-John. We love it so much that we thought we’d include it here as a bonus.