Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre

Reel Zone


The Reel Zone is a movie theatre with a difference. The films tell real life stories of people with disabilities who realise that they have an equal right to a life of meaningful education, relationships, employment and community involvement. However, their journeys show that this simple wish is often only achieved at the end of a long bumpy road.

10:00am – 11:00am

The ARG Project

The Act Resource Guide (ARG) provide lots of information about rights, good service provision, complaints processes and many other relevant topics relating to the Disability Act 2006.

ARG resources involved people with disabilities in their development and have been designed to reflect real life situations, be interactive and are made available in a variety of formats.


11:30am – 12:30pm

Be My Brother

Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith | 6:58


One Voice

Produced by Deafblind Victoria | 15:00


In Your Face

Australian Story, 16 September 2013

(copyright permission pending)

Introduced by former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh

In a world obsessed with physical beauty, Robert Hoge is a man embracing ‘ugly’. Hoge was born 41 years ago with a massive tumour in the middle of his face. At first his own mother couldn’t bear to look at him and the family was advised to ‘put him in a home’.

There were national newspaper headlines when a pioneering craniofacial surgeon used the cartilage from baby Robert’s toe to construct a nose.

Hoge grew up to become a journalist and then built a stellar career as a public servant culminating in the job of media advisor to then Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

But he has rejected further surgery that might make him look more conventional.

Now a husband and a father himself, he’s on a mission to confront us all with some difficult questions and start a new debate about concepts of beauty and ugliness and everything in between…

Watch online


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Reel Rage

You’ve heard of Rage, the music video show on ABC? Well Reel Rage is the Reel Zone’s own music video show with a collection of clips that will empower and inspire you. Some of the artists are well known while the local Australian independent bands are pleased to meet you. They all share one clear message – working together with respect and understanding will bring real change.


On The Turning Away | Pink Floyd live in Melbourne 1988 | 8:59


Let It Be | The Beatles | 4:05


Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down | The April Maze | 2:51


Walk A Mile In My Shoes | Cold Cut | 3:18


Welcome | Barebrass Asylum Orchestra | 4:20


A Change Is Gonna Come | Sam Cooke | 3:14


Best I Can | Jess McAvoy | 3:04


Get Up Stand Up | Bob Marley | 7:22


Right By Your Side | Eurythmics | 3:45


Know Your Rights | The Clash | 3:39


We’re In This Together | Simply Red | 4:36


Close My Eyes | Rudely Interrupted | 2:30


Respect | Aretha Franklin in Blues Brothers | 2:30


We Can Change The World | Graham Nash | 4:11


On the Turning Away | Shaking The Tree | 4:09


1:30pm – 3:00pm

Twenty Years, twenty Stories | 100 min

Produced by Australian Human Rights Commission

Twenty years ago, life for millions of Australians got easier. The then Deputy Prime Minister in the Keating government, Brian Howe, introduced an Act that would, for the first time at a national level, make it unlawful for people with disability to be discriminated against. The genesis of change was the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which commenced operation on 1 March 1993.

Twenty Years: Twenty Stories marks the Disability Discrimination Act’s twentieth birthday with twenty inspiring stories on film.

Watch the films online with audio description or captioning on the Australian Human Rights Commission website:


3:30pm – 4:30pm

Bungee Jumping Lawyers & Love

This series is all about plunging into life. Kylie, Jane, Andrew and Chris each give an account of their struggles to live and love without anyone bringing in the lawyers. They tell of the risks and challenges they face in dealing with the adventures of daily life. These narratives are full of passion for the freedom they find in living the lives they choose – risks responsibilities and all!

It’s Do-Able: Kylie & Harvey’s Story | 18:30


Finding Freedom: Jane’s Story | 11:25


First Awakening: Andrew’s Story | 15:25


Beyond the Disability: Chris’s Story | 16:30



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Skyline Room