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First National Virtual Disability Conference

The University of Melbourne, National Disability Services, Scope Australia, and a network of disability organisations and universities invite you to attend the first National Virtual Disability Conference: Online 21st March, 2018.

This exciting, inaugural virtual conference will bring people together online in real time from around the world to share best practice and discuss ways of supporting people with disability, their families and service providers.

Welcome Message

Easy English Conference Information PDF

About the Conference

The conference will include people with disabilities, their families, professionals, administrators, policy makers, and researchers. Plain language versions of all abstracts will be available prior to the conference.

The conference will be accessed via computer, land line phone or any mobile device from the convenience of people’s home or office. This will enable devices to be adjusted for best access of speech, Auslan interpreters and captions. Participants can join real-time online discussions with the presenters.

For those who prefer face to face engagement, Telstra is hosting conference hubs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, with more locations to be announced (dependent on participant numbers. Limited spaces available).

Following the conference, discussions will continue online in forums, and conference materials will be available to down-load.

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Convener: Professor Keith McVilly, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

The conference planning committee is made up of representatives from:

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • Deakin University
  • University of Newcastle
  • RMIT University
  • Curtin University
  • National Disability Services
  • National Disability Practitioners
  • Scope Australia
  • Able Australia

Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline                                11th December 2017

Notification of submission status                            22nd December, 2017

Conference programme posted to Web site           8th January 2018


Please contact the Conference Coordinator directly for queries about any and all aspects of the conference.

Conference Coordinator

Meredith Prain, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Phone: 03 9035 6142