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2020 Celebrating Self Advocacy

Conference Reference Group

Our conference was planned and governed by our Conference Reference Group comprised exclusively of people with disabilities.  We would like to thank Samantha Jenkinson, Simon Chong, Adam Hewber, Jacqueline Greene, Kirsten Whent and Jamin Dix.

A photo of the Conference Reference Group members

The above phot is of the members of our Conference Reference Group with Brendan Cullinan, Executive Director PWdWA and Katrina Bercov, Evolve Events and Training.

Thursday 19 November 2020

Attendees were welcomed to the conference by Showman Matt, our official greeter. 

Photo of Showman Matt

Our Opening Ceremony started with Welcome to Country by Shaun Nannup and Greg Barr before PWdWA's Chair opened our inaugral conference.

Photo of Shaun Nannup and Greg Barr playing the Digeridoo. Photo of Lisa Burnette and Auslan interpreter

We then heard from Prue Hawkins,  Director of Empire Law on how Disability Inclusion is a work in progress before Interdisciplinary artist Patrick Gunasekera spoke on Self Advocacy beyond the System.  

Artwork on Prue Hawkins presentationPhoto of Patrick Gunasekera  

Photo of Prue Hawkins on stageArtwork on Patrick Gunasekera's presentation  Photo of the conference participants in Auditorium room  

After morning tea conference attendees had the opportunity to choose a range of topics, with the Challenge panel speaking about the COVID experience - learnings and reflections.  Upstairs sessions were run on Children and Young People and Peer Power in Advocacy while across at the park, Aboriginal Artist Mandy White ran a bush creature clay modelling workshop. 

Group of people sitting outside at the conference.Photo of Colin PetitPhoto of three people standing together with coffee cups

Artwork for the Challenges Panel 

Picture of a white support dogPhoto of people sitting in a small room

Lunch saw some of us enjoy the beauty of Lake Monger Reserve, while others when for a trishaw cycle around the park with the Cycling Without Age team.  Others chose to stay inside an listen to our musician.

Photo of a person serving food.Photo of the PWdWA confence bags