On behalf of the University of Melbourne, Scope Australia, Ability First Australia and the conference planning committee, welcome to the second Virtual Disability Conference to be held on Tuesday 31st March, 2020. The theme for the conference is “Exploring inclusion: the Australian disability community in conversation online”
In 2020 the conference will focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. The way that society views people with disabilities impacts on their experience of inclusion and the barriers they face. How can services, supports, researchers and policy makers work effectively with people with disabilities to facilitate full inclusion and optimise quality of life.
The role people with disabilities can play in changing systems will be explored.
The conference will be online so people can access the conference in their home or workplace, or conference hub. The conference starts at 11.00am and will conclude at 5pm on Tuesday 31st March, 2020.
About the Conference
The second Virtual Disability Conference will bring together individuals and organisations working to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in service delivery, decision making processes, research and meaningful community involvement.
The conference has a mix of keynote, panel discussion and workshop style presentations covering a broad range of topics related to inclusion of people with disabilities. Topics include innovative practice, supporting First Nations people, supporting families and children.
We expect over 200 delegates to attend the conference from all over Australia and overseas. Delegates from the disability service sector , advocates, policy makers, support staff and researchers contribute to the conference.
Conference Planning Committee
|Keith McVilly (Convenor)||Uni of Melbourne / Vic||University|
|Meredith Prain * (Coordinator)||Uni of Melbourne / Vic||University|
|Julie Anderson||Uni of Melbourne / Vic||University|
|Stella Koritsas||Scope Australia / Vic||Service Provider|
|Andrew Rowley||Ability First Australia / NSW||Industry Alliance|
|Jessica Hempton||Ability First Australia / NSW||Industry Alliance|
|Grace Thompson *||Uni of Melbourne / Vic||University|
|Angus Buchanan||Curtain University / WA||University|
|Michael Arthur-Kelly *||Uni of Newcastle / NSW||University|
|Jacquie Thompson||Ability Centre / WA||Service Provider|
|Kerry Stubbs||Northcott / NSW||Service Provider|
|Matthew Lee||PWDWA / WA||Advocacy Organisation|
|Justen Thomas *||NSW||Advocacy Organisation|
|Simon Chong *||PWDWA and BCWA / WA||Advocacy Organisation|
PWDWA – People with Disabilities Western Australia
BCWA – Blind Citizens Western Australia
*Person identifies as having a disability
|26th September 2019||Call for papers announced|
|8th November 2019||Call for papers closes|
|9th December 2019||Registration Opens|
|20th January 2020||Program available|
|31st March, 2020||Conference date|
Please contact the Conference Coordinator directly for queries about any and all aspects of the conference.
Meredith Prain, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Phone: 03 9035 6142