Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2018
Doing disability differently

Friday 14 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands


It’s an election year in Victoria. This conference is a platform to let our politicians know about what needs to change for people with disability. It’s time to celebrate diversity and showcase a range of perspectives while keeping a keen focus on what needs to change.

Although many specialist disability services are funded through the NDIS, the NDIS approach is to maximise participants’ access to mainstream programs. How do community organisations learn how to be more inclusive? And what are the barriers preventing full participation of people with disability? Basically, the answer is attitudes. Changing attitudes is difficult. It requires consistent and targeted campaigns.

There have been some successful perception changing campaigns recently with the ‘Vote yes’ for same sex marriage equality, the ‘white ribbon’ campaign to raise awareness about the consequences of family violence and historically with the ‘Slip, slop, slap’ and ‘Quit’ campaigns that educated the community and change behaviour and attitudes in mainstream society.

Doing Disability Differently will feature a keynote address, debate, plenary and panel sessions that investigate how the power and diversity of disability identity and pride might be harnessed to affect real change to promote flexibility, respect and humanity for people with disability in the community.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability.


Reflections from SDAC18

It’s all over for 2018. Marie McInerney was the roving reporter for the day. Check out what delegates were anticipating and what presenters were saying behind the scenes in her series of interviews.



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SDAC all over for 2018

It was a total sell out and it’s all over for 2018.  The day had such a great vibe thanks to a full room of enthusiastic delegates ready to network, share and learn. We’ve quickly scanned some of the feedback and it would seem that the delightful Wayne Herbert was a hit.  His mother will … Continued

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:

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
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