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.
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. 

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

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)


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.

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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