Having a Say

Conference Information
4 February 2019 to 6 February 2019
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Having a Say Conference 2019        
4th, 5th & 6th February

Conference Theme: Having a Say Forever!

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Having a Say Conference. That’s twenty years of speaking up, making friends, working together to influence change and having loads of fun!

We started out in 2000 with Having a Say in the Country and moved around the State for the next five years. By 2006, we’d grown so big only Geelong could handle us. Since then, the HaS conference has become the premium event of the year in over a thousand diaries. In communities across Australia, self-advocacy groups have run regular fund-raising activities just to be sure they make it to Geelong.

For the past twenty years, the conference has tackled the big issues and allowed everyone to help set the agenda.

So, what has the conference meant to you?

· What are your most memorable moments?

· What has it changed in your life?

· And what can we all do to keep Having a Say forever?

· And what can we all do to keep Having a Say forever?

General Information

Come along and join the VALID team in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Having a  Say Conference. 

The Having a Say conference is a place where people can speak up and have their voices heard, be repected and empowered and it's a lot of fun!

Expression of Interest / Applications from people with disability and disability groups who wish to present or perform at the Having a Say Conference will be available in July.

Registration will open in late August

About the Having a Say conference

The Having a Say conference is the largest conference for people with disabilities within Australia where people can find their voice, to speak up, to be heard and to be respected. This is the conference where people listen to each other, not just to the speakers on stage. This is the conference where people respect each other’s views and opinions, and celebrate their common cause.

People enjoy coming to the conference for a range of reasons. Some are keen advocates for people with disability and want to debate about issues, others find the whole environment empowering and some just want to have fun!  Many people come to the conference to have a say, such as open microphone to present or perform. We often get comments on the Evaluation Forms saying things like “It was great I felt important because everyone listened to what I said”.

There is always be a need for people to get together to share experiences and to celebrate achievements. The inaugural Having a Say Conference, held in Maryborough in 2000, was attended by 190 people and the enthusiasm generated each year has inspired the conference to grow. There are now over 1,000 participants from across Australia, and often from the international community, attending the conference each year.

The conference gets fantastic support  from local disability services, the Local Reference Committee, City of Greater Geelong, Tourism Greater Geelong & Bellarine and local Geelong businesses.

Aim of the Conference

To empower people with a disability with the opportunity to ‘have a say’ about issues that affect their lives and to celebrate ability and achievement.

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4 February 2019 to 6 February 2019