Conference News

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: [email protected]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

Introducing Chanmpions of Change

The 2014 conference will bring together champions of change from across Australia. We will look at ways to better safeguard the rights of people with a disability. It will be a great opportunity to: learn more about the big issues facing people with a disability including employment, inclusive education, the justice system and the NDIS … Continued

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for this much anticipated event. Take advantage of the 10% discount that earlybird tickets offer.  These are available until 30 April unless sold out. See the Tickets & Registration page for details. It’s hard work at the moment keeping the conference website up to date as the Committee is busy finalising … Continued

We have a theme

The planning committee is pleased to announce that the theme will be “Champions of Change”. The program will have a strong focus on disability advocacy practice with sessions providing practical tools to take away as well as opportunities to hear from key speakers discussing systemic advocacy issues. Topics wil include the NDIS and safeguarding the … Continued

Save the date

Disability advocates across Victoria start getting excited! The conference will be returning to Melbourne Park on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 August 2014. This is a biennial event (every 2 years) event hosted by DARU with the assistance of a planning committee with representatives from Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU), Department of Human … Continued