Disability participants learn about advocacy

We recently supported 5 of our disability participants to attend the Have A Say conference for people with intellectual disability to learn self-advocacy skills, and to celebrate ability and achievement.

At the Victorian event they learned about their rights, took part in various workshops and got to hear and share different views, opinions and experiences.

Included in the day were a range of ‘come and try’ activities designed to push participants out of their comfort zone – fancy a ride on a Harley Davidson anyone?

One attendee, Genny, said she learned “how to make a complaint and how to have a voice, choice and control about decisions in my life”.  Another, Tara, said that while being away from family was hard, making new friends was her best memory of the trip.

The conference, the largest for people with disability in Australia, is an important event in our disability team’s calendar.  It provides our disability participants a chance to practice independent living skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Photo caption: Staff and participants: Front row: Diana, Charlene, Tara, Genny, Back row: Izabela, Rohan, Margaret.