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Everyone’s Included

An interactive celebration and exploration in the area of inclusion

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20 + 21 November, 2019
Sydney, Australia


The Centre for Disability Studies and the Inclusive Research Network invites you to a celebration and investigation of the very best of what is currently happening in the area of inclusion for people with disability across all areas of Australian society.

Meet and enjoy a great experience at the Festival of Inclusion

What is it all about

The Festival aims to:

  • Provide people with disabilities with skills and knowledge that will support them to increase their choice of mainstream activities.
  • Showcase inclusive activities and inclusive strategies for people with disabilities, family members, carers, supporters, service providers (both disability and mainstream), and the general public.
  • Share knowledge and experience between people with and without disabilities, families, service providers, the corporate, commercial, industry, leisure, recreational and sports worlds to generate a fresh vision of a more inclusive society for all people.


Prof. Patricia O'Brien

Prof. Patricia O’Brien

Centre for Disability Studies

Prof. Christine Bigby

Prof. Christine Bigby

Director Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Alice Schippers

Dr. Alice Schippers

Executive Director Disability Studies in Netherlands

Sponsored by

Achieve Australia
Principal Sponsor
Nova Employment
Silver Sponsor
National Disability Services
Keynote Sponsor
Ashurst Lawyers
Session Sponsor
Sydney Olympic Park
Venue Sponsor
Netball NSW
Venue Sponsor
The Hills Shire Council
Name Badges & Lanyards
Down Syndrome Australia
Satchel Insert
Good Directions
End of Festival Soiree Sponsor
Sport NSW


Day 1: Wednesday 20 November 2019
F23 Administration Building, University of Sydney

Conferences and workshops program
Time What Who
12pm Registration Opens
12:30 – 1pm Acknowledgment of country
Festival opening
House keeping
Aboriginal elder
Festival chair Prof. Patricia O’Brien
1pm – 2pm Keynote + Q&A
Research to Practice: Outcomes and implications for the lives of people with disability
Prof. Christine Bigby
Q&A chaired by Prof. Patricia O’Brien
2pm – 2:30pm Afternoon tea break
2:30pm – 4pm Practice Evidence

Presentation will run in two streams, that will include 3 of the respective areas below:
Inclusive Governance
Inclusive Governance
Customised Employment
Customised employment
Supported Living
Supported living
Inclusive Education
Inclusive education
Art Inclusion
Arts inclusion
CDS Inclusive Research Network
CDS Inclusive Research Network
4pm – 5pm Transition Break

Cheese platters, wine and refreshment
5pm – 6:30pm World Café

A world café will be facilitated through a set of questions, based upon the content of the earlier keynote and evidence-based practice presentations. The questions will explore where to from here in translating research into practice. Graphic representation of the conversation will be made and distributed.

Day 2: Thursday 21 November 2019
Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park

Conferences and workshops program
Time What Who
9am Registration + Market Place Opens
Acknowledgement of country

Festival Opening

The Market Place is a two way experience . It aims to enable people with disabilities, family members, carers and supporters to become more informed about inclusive options. It also aims to provide a place for mainstream and service providers to demonstrate activities to best fit peoples’ skills, interests and talents.

Aboriginal Elder

Festival Chairs
Renell Rodrigues &
David Taylor
9:30am – 11am Keynote + Q&A

Dr. Alice Schippers will outline how inclusive policies and practices within the city of Almere, Netherlands promotes social inclusion that relates to employment, education, welfare and leisure. Specific focus will be on how both citizens with disabilities and without are central to the building of an inclusive city.
Dr. Alice Schippers
Executive Director Disability Studies in Netherlands.
Senior coordinating researcher Disability Studies, Department of Medical Humanities, VU University medical centre Amsterdam.
11am – 11:30am Coffee dock break
11:30am – 1pm Parallel Workshops Part 1
Workshops are restricted to 30 participants each.
Arts Workshop
Arts Workshop
Drama Workshop
Drama Workshop
Urban Spaces Workshop
Urban Spaces Workshop
Dance Workshop
Sports Workshop 1: Goal Ball & Cricket
Sports 1
Sports Workshop 2: Soccer & Tennis
Sports 2
Virtual Reality Workshop
Virtual Reality
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2:30pm – 3:10pm Display sports match
3:30pm – 4:30pm Sports Panel & afternoon tea
4:30pm – 6pm Repeated Parallel Workshops Part 2
6pm – 7:30pm Soiree
Close of Festival

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