Conference News

Sold Out!

Sorry, but there are no ore tickets available for SDAC2018. The only way you get to come now is finding someone with a ticket and bribing them shamelessly to part with theirs! If that doesn’t work, then the only other option is to wait until we make all the sessions available online through the DARU … Continued

‘Selling the unsellable’ session line-up confirmed

Recently, the ‘Vote Yes’ for marriage equality and ‘White ribbon’ against family violence campaigns successfully educated the community & changed attitudes in mainstream society. Might it also be possible to change attitudes about disability? Ben Flynn and Chloe Hayden, from Jeremy the Dud, Nicole Lee from You Cant Ask That and Adam Ferrier, co-founder of … Continued

Keynote Speaker: Professor Anne Kavanagh

We are very pleased and excited to announce that Professor Anne Kavanagh will present the Keynote Address at SDAC18. Anne will talk about the academic research happening around Australia bullying, discrimination and violence experienced by people with disability. She will also discuss how community attitudes towards people with disability affect their life opportunities and health and … Continued

Discounted tickets for people with disability through FSSI sponsorship

  The VCOSS-RMIT Future Social Service Institute values having the voice of people with disability at the table. FSSI is proud to sponsor the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2018: Doing Disability Differently, making discounted tickets available for people with disability. Contact DARU for the discount ticket code today: E: [email protected]

SDAC18: Master of Ceremonies Announced

The SDAC18 Conference Organising Committee is thrilled to announce the MC of the day is the insightful and fabulous Wayne Herbert! 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. In his career … Continued

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