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 
Carers and the NDIS workshops
May – August 2017 
Ashfield, Botany, La Perouse, Marrickville, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Ryde, Shellharbour, Strathfield, Sutherland, Ulladulla, Waverly
Carers NSW
Do you care for someone with an NDIS package? 
Carers NSW is running a series of Carers and the NDIS workshops designed to help carers get the best outcome from the NDIS for the person they care for and for themselves. Dates for locations across NSW.

First Peoples: Living Our Way - A Conference for Aboriginal People Living with Disability
Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 May 2017 - Wagga Wagga NSW
First Peoples Disability Network
First Peoples Disability Network is hosting a conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to come and learn how you can engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and share your story. 
We will have a variety of guest speakers for you to hear how Aboriginal people with disability can be best supported in their journey for more choice and control with their service supports and life.

Registrations close Friday 19th May 2017.

Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Bomaderry
Thursday 25 May 2017 - Wollongong
Friday 26 May 2017 - Miranda

Resourcing Families
A free workshop for families to kick-start their NDIS preparation and make the most of the NDIS for their family member with disability - presented by Jan Kruger and Jack Kruger.
  • Hear from a parent and a participant about their NDIS journey
  • Find out how and why they self manage NDIS supports
  • Ask your questions of an NDIS representative
  • Explore strategies for creative planning
  • Learn tools for advocacy in a changing support environment

25 May 2017 - Camperdown (Sydney)
Centre for Disability Studies
Participants will attain knowledge in the background and philosophy of Person Centredness and develop skills to apply it in their daily professional practice. 
Audience - anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of Person centredness. This is a good introduction into the CDS suite of Person Centredness workshops. 
Facilitator - Ray Murray

Saturday 27 May 2017 - Corrimal (Wollongong)
Family Planning NSW
Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability. 
Family Planning NSW provides parents and carers with much needed information and resources about sexuality and relationships. Our forums help parents and carers to gain a clearer understanding of their child's sexuality and how to support their personal development in a positive way.
More information about program content 
  • Flyer - please note there are two pages, the second outlining options for workshops within the forum 

How to Build a Home
Thursday 1  -  Saturday 3 June 2017 - Balmain
Ever After Theatre
'How to Build a Home' takes you on an immersive adventure into the experiences of 'home' for people with disabilities. This unique and intimately personal performance will shift your preconceptions and open your mind to what is possible.

"Kill Off" - exclusive screening
6.30 pm Friday 2 June 2017 - Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC)Wollongong
Flagstaff Group
Produced by Bus Stop Films in collaboration with The Flagstaff Group, Kill Off promotes inclusion in the film industry for people with disabilities. 
Check out the event page to keep up to date with all the information and updates.

10am -12 noon Saturday 3 June 2017  -  Marrickville
Siblings Australia
Do you have a brother or sister with disability?  
All sibling relationships can be complex and ever-changing, but when a brother or sister has a disability it can be even more complicated.  
Siblings Australia is establishing local peer support networks to share support and information, and we welcome all adult siblings no matter what role you play in your brother/sister’s life. As one sib said at the first group, ’I don’t feel so alone anymore’. 
Register via http://siblingsaustralia.org.au/events.php or email kate@siblingsaustralia.org.au

We're Very Serious- taking artists with disability seriously
6 June 2017 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Vivid Sydney
How do theatre makers, performers, visual artists and dancers with disability get taken seriously as artists? 
Join three recent Winston Churchill Fellows Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (Murmuration), Gabrielle Mordy (studio A) and Alison Richardson (RUCKUS) as they speak about their important findings across Europe, the United States and United Kingdom where they each explored professional inclusive arts practice ... The event will be MC’d by RUCKUS ensemble member, Tropfest Award winning actor and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities Gerard O’Dwyer.

6 June - 13 August 2017 - Art Gallery of NSW and Seven Hills
Front Up
Discover is a FREE, 12 week arts and cultural program led by Western Sydney artists Daniel Kojta and George Tillianakis. You will have the opportunity to explore various art practices, work on your skill set within a professional arts environment, whilst focusing on building self-confidence as an artist.
Creative people aged 17-35, with disability or the experience of mental health concerns who are interested in developing their current skills sets and engaging with professional artists and educators to work towards furthering their education and employment opportunities...

Screenability Program at the Sydney Film Festival
7 - 18 June 2017 - Sydney
The focus of Screenability is to grow participation via internships with a wide range of industry professionals, showcasing productions by filmmakers with disability in a festival context, and providing best practice in building diversity in the screen industries. 
The programming of titles for Screenability has been a stimulating process, and has uncovered creatives with talent and dedication eager to own the disability narrative. There are many films about disability, but today’s projects made by those with lived experience of disability offer the most startling, provocative and authentic cinema.

9:30 am – 3:00 pm Friday 9 June 2017
New Law School Annex, University of Sydney
Centre for Disability Studies and Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) NSW
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 Professor Christine Bigby (La Trobe University, Living with Disability Research Centre)

21 June 2017 - Camperdown
Centre for Disability Studies
An information session facilitated by Jemima MacDonald and Laura Hogan that will provide a brief introduction and opportunity to explore relationships and sexuality for people with disabilities.
The course is targeted towards service providers, clinicians, case coordinators and educators, however anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend.

Right Relationships
Wednesday 21 June 2017 - Bomaderry
Thursday 22 June 2017 - Lidcombe
Friday 23 June 2017 - Newcastle 

Resourcing Families
  • A free workshop for people with disability, family members and their friends 
  • How to create a partnership between families and services that really works
  • Presented by Margaret and Jeremy Ward


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.

Ripple Effect 2017 + 2018
August 2017 - September 2018 - Cootamundra NSW
Murmuration Integrated Theatre
Murmuration is working in collaboration with The Arts Centre Cootamundra to facilitate a series of inclusive creative workshops throughout 2017 and 2018. 
Across three art forms participants will take part in a creative development process culminating in a presentation and showcase. Participants will be taught by and exchange with professional artists with and without disability. 
The workshops are designed to inspire and engage a diverse range of people’s interests, needs and abilities.

Down Syndrome Research Forum
19 and 20 September 2017 - University of Hertfordshire, UK
Down Syndrome Education International
The Down Syndrome Research Forum is a regular international event where researchers and practitioners meet to discuss current research, recent findings and implications for practice. 
Researchers and postgraduate students from throughout the UK, Europe, and elsewhere are invited to attend. We also encourage contributions from education and healthcare professionals working with people with Down Syndrome. We also welcome parents of children with Down syndrome and others with an interest in the detail of current research.

7th International Carers Conference
4 - 6 October 2017 - Adelaide
Carers Australia
The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. 
... This conference will focus on the future, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and showcase innovation in policy and practice ... (and) will bring together key stakeholders across a broad range of community and business sectors: policy-makers, community leaders, business leaders, researchers, grassroots advocates, practitioners, consumers and carers. 

Pushing the boundaries 
8 - 10 November 2017 - Hobart, Tasmania
Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference 2017

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.


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