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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
Day 1
Name Badges & Lanyards
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
Day 2
Name Badges & Lanyards
Down Syndrome Australia
Satchel Insert
Good Directions
End of Festival Soiree Sponsor
AI media
Ralph's Café
Catering Sponsor
Sport NSW
Berton Vineyards
Casella Family Wines
Giga Hire
Hey Ya TV
Spin Skool
Unique Props & Events


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

Conferences and workshops program
Time What Who
12:00 – 12:30pm Registration opens Festival chair – Prof Patricia O’Brien
12:30 – 1.00pm Welcome to country
Festival opening
House keeping
Aboriginal Elder Uncle Allen Madden
1:00 – 1:45pm Keynote

Research to Practice: Outcomes and implications for the lives of people with disability

Q&A on keynote
Prof Christine Bigby to speak on her latest evidence arising from her current research into supported decision making and community involvement.

Chaired by Prof. Patricia O’Brien
1:45 – 2:30pm Refreshment & Art on Display
2:30 – 4:00pm Practice Evidence

Presentation will run in two streams, that will include 3 of the areas below:
Inclusive Governance
Inclusive Governance
Justine O’Neill, CEO NSW CID &
Robert Strike, NSW CID
will illustrate how the voice of
its members led the organisation.
Customised Employment
Customised employment
Martin Wren, CEO NOVA Employment &
Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches, CDS
will present on research to practice in
customising employment for people with Autism.
Supported Living
Supported living
Friederike Gadow, ANU & Rachael Haggett, HOME
will illustrate a framework for
Independent Supported Living (ISL)
through the story of Tom’s House.
Inclusive Education
Inclusive education
Jack Kelly, NSW CID, Sarah Wagstaff, CDS &
Amanda Duell-Ferguson, CDS will present
research to practice on how students
with intellectual disability are able
to attend the University of Sydney.
Art Inclusion
Arts inclusion
Gabrielle Mordy, CEO/Artistic Director Studio A
& Emily Crockford, Artist will present how
the work of artists at Studio A
are changing the stereotype of
people with disability.
CDS Inclusive Research Network
CDS Inclusive Research Network
Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, UTS & Lucy Strevett
will demonstrate how the Crowle Estate lines
up with NDIS thinking about the
development of individualised living plans
within commercial accommodation settings.
4:00 – 4:30pm Coffee Break
4:30 – 6:00pm World Café

A world cafe will be facilitated through a set of questions, based upon the content of the earlier keynote and papers given. Questions aimed at exploring where to from here re: ongoing collection of evidence and its translation into practice. Graphic representation of conversation will be distributed.
Facilitated by Prof. Patricia O’Brien & Deborah Espiner with café groups led by members of conference committee.
6:00 – 7:30pm Welcome Reception performance by Dr Debra Keenahan

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

Conferences and workshops program
Time What Who
9:00 – 9:30am Registration Festival Chairs Renell Rodrigues & David Taylor
9:30 – 11:00am Welcome to country

Keynote Speaker

In this presentation Prof. 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. The focus will be on how both citizens with disabilities and without within Almere are central to the building of an inclusive city.

Followed by a Q&A on keynote
Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ray Davison

Professor Alice Schippers
Stichting Disability Studies in Nederland, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Chaired by Prof. Patricia O’Brien
11:00 – 11:30am Coffee break
11:30 – 1:30pm Workshops Session 1

7 Workshops will run concurrently for 1.5 hours. These workshops are aimed at giving us all a taster on activities that could be followed up with in our free time. These activities can be added to NDIS packages.
Arts Workshop
Art Making Activities
Emma Gentle, CDS.
Discover your artistic talents.
Drama Workshop
Dr Debra Keenahan & Katrina Douglas.
Enjoy meeting one another
through drama activities.
Urban Spaces Workshop
Develop Urban Spaces
Justine Perkins & Dr Alice Schippers.
Learn how to design and develop inclusive
play and community spaces.
Dance Workshop
Sally Raeh, Switch Dance Community.
Enjoy dance as an activity for
fun and relaxation.
Sports Workshop 1: Goal Ball & Cricket
Sports 1
Murray Elbourne, Sports NSW.
Discover goal ball and tennis.

Sports Workshop 2: Soccer & Tennis
Sports 2
Murray Elbourne, Sports NSW.
Discover soccer and cricket.

Virtual Reality Workshop
Virtual Reality
A/Prof Hamish MacDougall &
Renell Rodrigues, The University of Sydney.
Experience the fun of Virtual Reality.
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch + Display sports match
2:00 – 3:30pm Workshops Session 2

Repeat of previous workshops
3:30 – 4:00pm Afternoon tea break
4:00 – 4:45pm Be inspired by a Panel of Paralympians!

Melissa Perrine
Paralympic Bronze Medallist
Melissa Perrine
Tyan Taylor
Two Time Paralympic
Goalball player

Tyan Taylor
Louise Savage
Sport Australia and NSW Hall of
Fame member + Paralympian

Louise Sauvage
Sarah Keenahan
Paralympic Bronze Medallist
Sarah Keenahan
Stephanie Schweitzer
Paralympic Gold, Silver &
Bronze Medallist

Stephanie Schweitzer
Rae Anderson
Paralympic Athletics player
Rae Anderson
5:00 – 7:30pm Soiree

Enjoy disco dancing and drumming by Andrew Hewitt

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