Guest Post - Alice Nicholas Conference Convenor 

Come join us at the 2015 ASID Conference - "Making it Real Together".


NSW CID are excited to be Keynote Presenters at this conference. CID Chairperson Michael Sullivan & Executive Director Advocacy Aine Healy will be talking about - "Can people with intellectual disability really take part in policy work?"

In this blog post find out all the need to know info about why you should get to the ASID Conference! 

On 11-13 November 2015 the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) will hold its 50th Annual Conference at Crown Promenade Southbank in Melbourne.

Our theme for this year is “Making it Real Together.” 


It is about bring together people with intellectual disability, their families and supporters, researchers, service providers and policy makers.
Together we want to explore what it means to turn recent government policy changes into real life changes for people with intellectual disability.

You can see the program by clicking here.

An important part of organizing the ‘Making It Real Together’ conference has been making sure it is inclusive of people with intellectual disability.
A sub-committee was set up to find new ways for people with intellectual disability to be involved.

Here are some of the things we have done to make this year’s conference more accessible for everyone:

Scholarships and discounted fees for people with disability
ASID has worked to make sure people with disability can make it to the conference.
We have scholarships for people with disability that can be spent on some of the costs of getting to the conference.
We also have discounted registration fees for people with disability and support workers who are coming with people with disability do not have to pay conference registration fees.
You can register for the conference by clicking here.

Accessible presentations
Many of the conference presentations will be accessible to more people this year so a greater number of people can benefit from the information shared.
There will be interactive, Plain English sessions with keynote speakers in a relaxed environment.
At these sessions there will be more opportunities for discussion and interaction with the speakers.
Key note speaker presentations will also be live captioned with thanks to Golden City Support Services and Annecto.

Using technology
In 2015 we are using technology to make things more accessible.
Stories from people with intellectual disability will be shared using video technology.
We also have an application that has information about conference programing and activities.


“The Lounge”
During the whole conference there will be an area called “The Lounge”.
This will be a creative space for everyone at the conference to relax and talk to self-advocates.
“The Lounge” has been organized by Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU), and there will be a range of activities available, including vox pop, video screenings and opportunities to meet people and chat throughout the conference.

Dangerous Deeds Video Art Installation
We are excited to be featuring the Dangerous Deeds Video Art Installation at the conference.
This will feature accessible art works by people with disability that share their experiences of the disability, advocacy and self-advocacy movements.

Supporting people with high and complex needs
This year we have partnered with the Disability Services Commissioner.
The Commissioner will provide support workers who will use Active Support to assist people with high and complex needs to participate in important conference tasks like meeting and greeting speakers and politicians.

Inclusive evaluation
We will evaluate the conference in accessible ways - using straw polls, interviews and simple questionnaires.
This way everyone can let us know what they thought of the conference.

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Want to know more? Want to come along?

Have a look at the ASID website and make sure you register today!

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1800 644 741

And don't forget to follow along on twitter - #ASID2015

Alice Nicholas,
ASID Conference Convenor

ph. 1800 424 065       email:

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