Having a Say Conference 2018
5th, 6th & 7th February
Conference Theme Community - Here I come!
What gives life meaning and purpose? What does a good life look like?
At the Having a Say conference, we are going to be talking about the importance of having:
- a healthy life
- a caring family
- a meaningful job
Keeping fit... getting paid... having responsibilities... becoming a parent... paying bills... playing sport... being happy... having a real home and making friends!
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!
Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from people with disability and disability groups who wish to present or perform at the Having a Say Conference is now open.
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.