Embracing and supporting one another
People with disabilities can often feel overlooked and left out, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Understanding that everyone, no matter their abilities, wants to be a part of something and have a community of their own is why companies like ConnectAbility Australia exist. Keeping this in mind, we have compiled a list of exciting events happening around New South Wales in hopes of increasing event awareness and giving our clients and carers opportunities to go on adventures and learn new things.
6th May 2022 – Second Base – Sexuality and Sexual Wellbeing Workshop
Second Base – Sexuality and Sexual Wellbeing presented by Candic Care-Unger and Arlyn Owens at the Clive Austin Conference Room, Royal Rehab in Putney. Taking place from 9am till 4pm, this one-day workshop is aimed at health professionals who work in neuro disability, rehabilitation, and chronic health conditions. The goal of the workshop is to help professionals to develop additional skills in the area of human sexuality; if you attended the “First Base” workshop from April 2021, you’ll be well prepared to build on the foundations previously learned. Tickets are $220 AUD and can be purchased online.
13th – 14th May 2022 – Hunter Disability Expo
Hunter Disability Expo returns to the Newcastle Entertainment Centre Showgrounds for a two-day event from 13th -14th May; 10am till 3pm. Featuring over 120 exhibitors, a jam-packed schedule of speakers, and performers including singer/songwriter Connor Wink, this FREE event is bigger and better than before! Don’t miss out on your one stop shop to check out disability services, products, government agencies, and advocacy gathered for this amazing expo. Check out our Expo Guide and find out more details by visiting the website hunterdisabilityexpo.com.au.
15th May 2022 – Memory Walk & Jog Cronulla
Memory Walk & Jog is excited to announce that for the first time ever, their event will be taking place at Don Lucas Reserve in Cronulla, NSW starting at 8am on Sunday, 15th May. Join other members of the community in getting active and fundraising for this amazing event as you walk, jog, or run to beat dementia across the finish line! All proceeds raised go to help provide vital support services to people with dementia across the state and drives research working towards a possible future without dementia. Register or donate online.
20th May 2022 – Windgap Foundation Gala Ball
Windgap Foundation Gala Ball 2022 will be taking over Doltone House in Hyde Park on Friday, 20th May from 6:30pm till 11:30pm. Don your roaring 20’s threads and help support this amazing programme which provides a range of programs, services, and equipment for over 200 participants ranging from 18 to 85 years old. All funds raised go towards helping provide opportunities for adults with disabilities to live and work in our community and achieve their aspirations and goals. Tickets start at $250 AUD and can be purchased online.
22nd May 2022 – Memory Walk & Jog Lilyfield
Memory Walk & Jog is coming back to Lilyfield and the iconic Bay Run, one of the most walked tracks in Sydney. Starting at 8am on Sunday, 22nd May, the walk is a fun day out for the whole community to get active and fundraise while taking in the beautiful views. Join others as we walk, job, and run to provide support services to people with dementia across the state and drives research working towards a possible future without dementia. Register or donate online.
25th – 26th May 2022 – ATSA Independent Living Expo
ATSA Independent Living Expo is coming back to Sydney Showgrounds for two days of exhibitions and is one of Australia’s most comprehensive events. FREE to attend, this expo is a great resource and day out for people with disabilities, seniors, carers, and allied health professionals alike. Browse a wide range of vendors displaying their products and services for accessible recreation and holiday ideas, assisted technology, employment support, mobility solutions, modified motor vehicles, pressure care, and much more. To find out more and register to attend visit their website – expo.atsa.org.au.
26th May 2022 – All Ability Disability – Speed Dating
All Ability Disability – Speed Dating Event is a great way for people with a disability to meet others looking to connect or build relationships. Offered for the first time on the Central Coast, this event is a great way for everyone to make these all-important connections. Carers or support workers are welcome to attend to assist with filling in or paperwork or giving guidance throughout the evening and only those looking to participate in the speed dating need purchase tickets. Join others in the private Pioneers Bar of Wyong Rugby League Club from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and enjoy a drink and light meal throughout the evening. At $39 AUD each, don’t miss out and secure your tickets soon to reserve your spot.
31st May – 2nd June 2022 – Disability Employment Australia Conference 2022
Disability Employment Australia’s 2022 Conference will be taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney after two years of not being able to meet up. Carers and providers from the disability employment sector are encouraged to attend as this is a great way to meet and engage with your peers to build up support networks and challenge yourself whilst learning. Take in the presentations and panels whilst also diving into breakout sessions with exhibitors and event partners who can help support your organisation. Register your attendance today.
2nd June – Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is proud to announce Liz Martin & Eliza Hull – Into the Space Between the Notes at the Sydney Opera House from 7pm to 8:15pm on Thursday, 2nd June. This is a great opportunity to take part in what is bound to be an amazing show with wheelchair access and Auslan Interpretation. Let’s show support for our fellow disabled people and disability advocates in the musical space including Eliza Hull herself. An event not to miss, tickets start at $29 AUD and can be purchased online.
10th June 2022 – Sensory Concerts
Sensory Concerts – 0-6 years is hosted by Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music and is the brainchild of Grace Kim, a concert pianist and mother striving to make quality music accessible to everyone. These concerts are a series of high-quality classical music for children and adults with sensory and special needs performed by Grace Kim and her colleagues’, giving children and adults the opportunity to hear and see music without being overwhelmed. For more information and to secure your space, book online.
24th June 2022 – Pursue Gala Night
Pursue Gala Night is a black-tie event held on Friday, 24th June from 6 to 10pm and is put on by the Museum of Contemporary Arts at the Quay Side Room. Designed to bring people together, this night is promising to be a fun music and entertainment filled event you will not want to miss. Hosted by Mitch Wallis, all funds raised will go towards running sustainable programs for the disabled, focusing especially in the culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Tickets start at $184 AUD and registration ends 18th June 2022.
1st – 2nd July 2022 – Sydney Disability Connection Expo 2022
Sydney Disability Connection Expo 2022 is back at the International Convention Centre in Sydney from 10am till 4pm, across the 1st and 2nd July 2022. Whether you’re a NDIS participant, carer, or family member, this event is a great opportunity to browse vendors and even book face-to-face meetings with service providers of their choice to find out more and find that perfect fit. Tickets are Free so don’t miss out on this opportunity to network and connect with people from all over the disability, NDIS, and Allied Health sectors. Register your attendance today.
5th – 6th August 2022 – Sydney Disability Expo
Sydney Disability Expo is back and encouraging people with disabilities to embrace My Future, My Choice as we learn how to live our lives now whilst also planning for the future. Linking thousands of disabled people with hundreds of products and service providers, this expo is a great way for industry experts to present a range of informative and interactive presentations and products. Don’t miss out and register today for Free, don’t forget to check out the Expo Guide which contains all the vital information needed for the weekend.
27th – 29th September 2022 – Young Carers & Siblings Camp
Young Carers & Siblings Camp is an amazing opportunity for those who’s lives are intertwined with caring for a family member who may be suffering from any kind of disability or illness. Whilst the needs of these children are often overlooked, the team at Camp Breakaway are excited to offer this opportunity for self-expression and confidence building. This safe environment to meet and form long-lasting friendships is the perfect chance for your child to discover they are not alone and enjoy a few days respite. Register your child’s attendance today or schedule a tour through their website.
8th October 2022 – Something That Happened Showcase
Something That Happened is an exciting show exploring the quest for fame amongst the challenges of being seen and heard. As this is a work-in-progress presentation of concepts and scenes for a Main Stage production for 2024, The Strangeways Ensemble is offering this FREE event where you can choose to pay what you feel it’s worth at the end. Don’t miss out on this special performance and reserve your spot before they’re all gone.
Embrace and support one another through expression and individuality
If you’re interested in attending any of these events but need help registering or want someone to go with you, feel free to contact the team at ConnectAbility today on (02) 4962 1000 in Newcastle or (02) 4349 3700on the Central Coast.