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PWdWA State Conference 2022 - Inclusive Communities

7 & 8 December - Bendat Centre

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Keep up to date with what will be happening at our Conference or join the mailing list on our website.

Conference Reference Group

PWdWA and Evolve Events are working with fantastic volunteers to plan and govern our conference.  Our reference group is comprised exclusively of people with disabilities.

  • Jamin Dix
  • Simon Chong
  • Nihal Iscel
  • Kat Johns
  • Amber Jones
  • Rachel-Anne Sambell

Hon. Don Punch Announcement

On Wednesday, 4 May, Minister for Disability Services, Hon. Don Punch announced that the Department of Communities will sponsor PWdWA's State Conference.

Click on the link below to read the press release.  If you would like this information presented differently, please contact PWdWA's Communications Officer at [email protected]

Hon. Don Punch Press Release (PDF)

PWdWA State Conference 2020 - Celebrating Self Advocacy

Download 2020 State Conference Handbook here

19 & 20 November - Bendat Centre

PWdWA welcomed Western Australians to our Inaugural State Conference.  This was WA's first-ever conference, led exclusively by people with disabilities.

PWdWA Conference Bags on a table    

Conference Reference Group

Group photo of our Conference Reference team

Our conference was planned and governed exclusively by people with disabilities.  Our amazing volunteers were:

  • Simon Chong - A board member of PWdWA and Blind Citizens WA. Simon has lived experience of being legally blind.
  • Jamin Dix - Jamin has lived experience with autism and ADHD.
  • Jacqueline Green - from Women with Disabilities. Jacqueline has lived experience with cerebral palsy.
  • Adam Hewber - PWDWA board member, METRONET adviser and ACROD Reference Body member.  Adam has lived experience of spastic paraparesis. 
  • Samantha Jenkinson - former PWdWA Executive Officer and Conference Chair.  Samantha has lived experience of physical disability.
  • Kirsten Whent - Kirsten has lived experience of hard of hearing and mental health issues.

Invited Speakers

Prue Hawkins

Disability Inclusion: a work in progress

Principal of her law firm, Prue has extensive experience in disability discrimination matters in state and federal jurisdictions; Prue draws on her lived experience as a wheelchair user with brittle bone disease.  You can listen to what Prue had to say on Day 1 of the PWdWA Conference Youtube session starting at 1:18:00.   Closed Captioning and Auslan provided.

Patrick Gunaserkera

Self-Advocacy Beyond the System

Patrick is a queercrip Sinhalla interdisciplinary artist. Patrick has performed nationally, and his writing is widely published.  Patrick's work is informed by ideas of resistance, grassroots organising and solidarity set by People of Colour and disabled activists.  You can watch what Patrick says on Day 1 of the Conference Youtube channel at 1:35:40 with closed captioning and Auslan.

Senator Jordon Steel-John

Influencing Decision Makers

Australia's youngest Senator and former PWdWA board member is a lifelong disability advocate and social justice campaigner.  Jordan was the McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the YEr. He holds a range of policy portfolios and is deeply involved with the Disability Royal Commission.  You can watch what Jordan spoke about on Day 2 of the Conference Youtube channel at the 1:14:55 mark.  Ausland and Close Captioned.

Dr Rita Kleinefeld-Fowell

Disability Discrimination in Action

Rita is an experienced disability discrimination lawyer.  Rita holds two Master's Research Law Degrees and her PhD in Law on the definition of discrimination.  Rita works with people with disability to address neglect, abuse, mistreatment, discrimination, and poor service.  Rita is Chairperson of DeafBlind West Australia and has lived experience with deaf and blind.  You can watch Rita's presentation on Day 2 of the Conference Youtube channel at the 7:25:10 mark.