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Free forums for frontline disability support workers and people with disability
Wednesday 11/05/2016
Abuse and neglect is never OK: free forums for frontline disability support workers and people with disability
Walking in Autistic Shoes
Wednesday 11/05/2016
Donna Williams Born in 1963, thought deaf and diagnosed as psychotic at the age of two, Donna Williams acquired functional speech in late childhood and came to terms with her autism in her 20’s. Donna will provide a fascinating insight into the world of Autism from someone who actually lives the experience.
SPECTROSPECTIVE: Stories of Autism 2016
Tuesday 05/04/2016
Amaze invited those living on the spectrum, and their families and their supporters, to share their very individual stories of autism via the creation of their own short film.

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WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY - APRIL 2
Tuesday 05/04/2016
2016 Theme: "Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity" On 18 December 2007, the United Nations declared that 2 April each year will be World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) to bring more attention to the condition and help give a voice to the millions of individuals who are undiagnosed, misunderstood or looking for help.

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ATSA Independent Living Expo 18-19 May
Wednesday 11/05/2016
The ATSA Independent Living Expo will have over 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more. ATSA Independent Living Expo is open to visitors of all ages, including those with a disability, seniors and their families, friends and carers. A key feature of the Expo is the FREE Clinical Education Program – run in rooms conveniently located next to the exhibition floor. Admission is free to therapists, the general public, end users & ATSA members.

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Gloves that convert sign language to speech ‘to empower the deaf community’
Wednesday 11/05/2016
Two second-year university students in the US have developed a pair of gloves that can translate sign language into speech and text, a tool they hope will empower the deaf community.
EARS - emergency assistance
Wednesday 11/05/2016
Emergency After-Hours Response Service for people living in northern, eastern and western metropolitan Melbourne

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New app to help accessibility for commuters who have a hearing or vision disability
Wednesday 11/05/2016
If you are caring for someone with a hearing or vision disability, a new app called ‘Stop Here’ will help train commuting to be more accessible."The ‘Stop Here' app tracks where a person is on the network and alerts via See, Hear or Feel - a notification on screen, a noise alert or through vibration - when nearing the station."