Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum

This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information by participating in topical, interactive sessions, sharing knowledge and networking. The theme for this forum is ‘going back to school’ with sessions focussing on the intersections of education and advocacy.



Progress towards an inclusive education for children and young people with disability in Australia 
Stephanie Gotlib, CEO Children and Young People with Disability Australia

This presentation will focus upon variable experiences of children and young people with disabilities across Australian education jurisdictions. There have been numerous inquiries into and reviews of education for students with disabilities in the past decade and it is clear that children and young people with disabilities continue to experience exclusion on a daily basis. In the meantime, education jurisdictions attempt to describe their practices and cultures as inclusive. This discussion will address the inherent ableism in the structures and cultures of Australian education and suggest an agenda for reform.

How much more can advocacy achieve in our quest for inclusive education? 
Julie Phillips, Disability Advocacy Victoria

In the last five years there have been more inquiries, reviews and research reports focusing on the rights of students with disabilities to be included equally in education, than ever before. Recent case studies indicate just how far we have to go in not only the inclusion of students with disabilities, but the understanding by teachers, principals and departments of education as to what inclusion actually means. How much more can advocacy achieve in our quest for inclusive education?

The Students Perspective of Education in Victoria
Leah van Poppel, Youth Disability Advocacy Service

YDAS has completed a consultation with young students with disabilities around their views of education and employment. Leah van Poppel, manager of YDAS brings the students voice to the discussion.

Office for Disability Update-
Felix Neighbour, Office for Disability

This session provides a unique opportunity for the Office for Disability to update the sector directly on key government initiatives including ongoing work to strengthen the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program.


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Thu 15th Feb, 201811:00a - 4:00pmQueen Victoria Women's Centre
Victoria Room Level 4
210 Lonsdale Street

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Event type:
ASC forum

Contact person:
Natasha brake

Phone number:
(03) 9639 5807


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