Other 2017 events

These links provide information about events run by other organisations that might be of interest to people with Down syndrome, their families, carers and professionals who support them.

Ongoing events/calendars:
Relationships and Private Stuff - social events, training, relationships counselling
Centre for Disability Studies (University of Sydney) 
Family Advocacy NSW 
Resourcing Families 


Disabled Surfers' Association of Australia - 2017 events
January - March 2017 dates and venues are listed by State and region.
The DSAA is creating opportunities for everyone, including our disabled participants and able bodied volunteers, to experience our unique, safe and happy surfing events, whilst under complete supervision from our trained Team Leaders and Beach Marshalls. 
We invite you along for this magical journey that many have already experienced over the past thirty years, without any pressure to win gold, just having fun and making new friends in your local community and around Australia and New Zealand.

    10am - 12 noon, 1 April 2017 - Marrickville
    Siblings Australia
    All sibling relationships can be complex and ever-changing, but when a brother or sister has a disability it can be more complicated Would you like to meet other adult siblings to share experiences and support? Siblings Australia is establishing a local peer support network and we welcome ALL adult sibs no matter what role, if any, that you play.

    1 April 2017 - West Ryde (Sydney) 
    2 April 2017 - West Ryde (Sydney) 
    Developmental Disability WA
    A microboard is a small group of people, typically committed family and friends who form an incorporated association and work with the person to help them plan and achieve their goals for a good life. 
    Depending on a person’s particular needs, a Microboard’s role can include assisting with coordinating support services, finding and keeping employment and facilitating friendships. 
    This workshop will introduce you to what a microboard is and how they can be set up and run. 
    • The orgnisers advise that NDIS participants might be able to use NDIS funds to attend these workshops. 

    NDIS Information Session
    11:00 am – 12:30 pm Monday 3 April 2017
    'The Entertainment Grounds' (previously known as Gosford Race Club)
    4 Racecourse Road, West Gosford, NSW 2250
    The National Disabiity Insurance Scheme has been available in the NSW Central Coast region since July 2016. More than 7,600 people from the region are expected to join the NDIS by June 2019. 
    We are hosting an information session in partnership with the Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP for people with disability, their families and carers, and community members in Gosford.

    One of the Kids
    4 April 2017 - Bathurst
    5 April 2017 - Lithgow
    6 April 2017 - Katoomba
    7 April 2017 - Emu Plains
    Family Advocacy
    Come along to learn about inclusive education, hear stories of success from the regular classroom, and think about how inclusion can work for your child!
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm 19 April 2017 - Sydney
    Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney University
    Mental health problems occur more frequently in people with developmental disability than in others in the community. This workshop aims to build the capacity of existing staff to provide psychotherapy/counselling/support to people who experience mild to moderate intellectual disability and who are also experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, and/ or depression. 
    Presented by Clinical Prof. Vivienne Riches (clinical psychologist) and Laura Hogan (occupational therapist)

    9:30 am – 3:00 pm Friday 28 April 2017  Melbourne
    Living with Disability Research Centre
    What does the research tell us? What action do we need to take to improve the quality?
    What are the alternatives?
    Who should attend?
    Those in a leadership role of accommodation support services including CEOs and senior managers; Families of people with intellectual disability; Service coordinators/case workers; Funders; Professional staff who support individuals living in group homes
    Presented by Prof Christine Bigby 

    Friday, 5 May 2017 - Adelaide
    Australian of Developmental Disability Medicine
    A smorgasbord of Genetics, Neurodevelopment, Psychiatry and Challenging Behaviours in people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 
    This conference is designed for professionals from different sectors within the field of disability. It is a must attend for general practitioners, paediatricians, adult and child psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists and educators who work with people who have intellectual/ developmental disability.
    “Ready, Set, AACtion” 
    17 - 20 May - Melbourne
    AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference
    The AGOSCI Conference theme reflects our need to be ready for the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the effects this will have on the lives of children and adults with little or no speech. “Ready, Set, AACtion” will showcase the best products and services, the latest research and the most inclusive communication practices for people with little or no speech. 
    The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills. 


    Livin’ The Dream 
    (US) National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention
    20 - 23 July 2017 - Sacromento, California
    Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. However, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

    • PARENTS learn from the best, as internationally known experts come to Sacramento to share their knowledge across the life span of individuals with DS.
    • SELF ADVOCATES join together with over 300 friends from across the world to learn, share, become empowered and have an amazing time!
    • SIBLINGS share and learn alongside peers, from each other, as well as from professionals.
    • VOLUNTEERS have the experience of a lifetime by volunteering in an number of capacities available.

    Caring into the Future: the new world?
    4 - 6 October 2017 - Adelaide
    Carers Australia
    Abstract submissions must be made electronically via Carers Australia’s online abstract submission system. Abstracts must be received by 10 February 2017. Notification of Abstract acceptance will be sent on 31 March 2017.    

    Pushing the boundaries 
    Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability conference 2017
    8 - 10 November 2017 - Hobart, Tasmania
    The theme 'Pushing the Boundaries' reflects the major challenges facing all communities who desire to realise the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In Australasia, it encompasses the issues arising from new approaches to service provision such as increased self-direction, choice and control. ASID’s focus is research to practice – the dialogue between researchers, practitioners, service providers, governments, families and people with intellectual disability which has the goal of finding better ways to support inclusion for individuals and to change systems.

    2018 EVENTS

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