e-Bulletin 18/19, 22 September 2019

In this issue:


Meet Eleanor – our new Organisational Development Officer

Hello all! My name is Eleanor (she/her) and while hailing from New South Wales, I call Canberra my home while I complete my studies. My role at WWDACT is Organisational Development Officer (but people tend to call me ‘Odo’!). My background is in social research and policy communication and I am excited about being able to apply and add to my skills in the disability advocacy sector.

I have a particular interest in mental health inclusion and how we can make our education systems more accessible. I am keen to further my knowledge across all areas of inclusion and to share it through useful resources for our members and board. I look forward to taking on board member suggestions for developing our capacity in both the short and long term. I also have a soft spot for animals, so whether it’s a question, suggestions or a cute dog photo, feel free to reach out to me at

We want YOU to represent WWDACT!

Do you want to represent Women with Disabilities ACT?
Speak up for your peers?
Help change the lives of our community?
WWDACT is looking for members who want to be more involved in our work. As a representative, you can attend consultations, write or advise us on submissions, or simply begin by giving us your feedback. Come see if this sounds like you at our Representatives meet up! Get a free ticket here.

To find out more email or call 0481 825 093.

Virtual Drop-In #3

WWDACT is inviting you to our third Virtual Drop In on SUNDAY September 29 at 10:30 AM. Since we'll be at home, the dress code is pyjamas! Register here. To find out more email or call 0481 825 093.

Pigment of the Imagination: Mental Health Month Exhibition

Belconnen Community Gallery and Wellways Australia are holding an open community exhibition for Mental Health Month to celebrate and showcase works by people in the disability and mental health sector, who use art as a way of expressing their creativity and connecting to others in the community.
This exhibition is open for People with Disabilities, Mental Health Consumers and support persons of any of the above. Any medium is welcome! Submit up to two pieces per person/group, depending on size of works.
You can download the Expression of Interest form here or contact Amelia at for further information.

Strong Women Cameos

Here at WWDACT we have an amazing community. We’re waiting to hear from YOU about your story! Let’s make our voices heard through our Strong Women* Cameos project. If you are interested in sharing your story or would like more information please email or call 0481 825 093. 

Expressions of Interest to join the ACT Reconciliation Council

The Reconciliation Council promotes Reconciliation in the community to support Canberra being an inclusive community which values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People.

Council Members will support the ACT Government to develop a program of activities taking place in the lead up to Reconciliation Day as well as keeping Reconciliation on the community’s agenda all year round.

So, if you are a prominent Canberran who can provide strategic direction about engaging the ACT community to continue a conversation about Reconciliation and who has the ability to provide leadership in the ACT about Reconciliation, please express your interest!

Send a CV and a one-page Expression of Interest outlining your experience and how you envisage themselves on this dynamic Council to: The Reconciliation Council Secretariat at by 27 September 2019 or the Diversity Register.
The Council consists up to twelve members and meets a minimum of four times per year.  Successful applicants will be engaged for two years on the Council.

For more information on this opportunity, please call OATSIA on 6207 9784.

Local Events

Canberra Together is a community symposium for LGBTIQ+ people and their allies being held on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September at Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra. Find out more here
Legal Aid ACT is hosting a Law for Non-Lawyers workshop on NDIS 25 September. Register here
Come along to the People With Disabilities ACT Morning Tea & Cartoon Exhibit at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Theatre & Cafe for World Mental Health Day 10 October at 10am. Get your free ticket here.


The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

This week, you may have read the story of Russel Milne and his daughter, Yoey. Now 33, Yoey suffered through years of misdiagnosis, abuse and isolation. Mr Milne is now looking for justice for his family through The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

The Royal Commission is the result of decades of work by disability organisations and advocates who have long known about the horrific treatment of Australians with disability.

It will uncover more stories that are difficult to hear or read and they may echo your own stories. We urge our members to exercise self care during this time. While it's important to not look away from the issues, please recognise your own needs. If you feel overwhelmed, please contact a person or organisation that can help, such as Lifeline (13 11 14).

Royal Commission legal advice

The Government is making legal advice available to people wanting to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Legal Advice is provided through the National Legal Aid (NLA) together with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS).

You can contact NLA on 1800 771 800 between 9am-5pm AEST.

Disability Action Week

We're at the end of Disability Action Week (DAW), which Queensland celebrates annually in September. It raises awareness of how everyone can play their own role in creating an all-abilities Queensland. DAW aims to empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

In 2019, DAW was celebrated from 15 to 22 September with a theme of Creativity and how that leads to economic participation. 


The Rights Thing

As part of Disabled Women's Network (DAWN)'s Do The Rights Thing project, funded by the Department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), employers, human rights organizations, women with disabilities/Deaf women, and other stakeholders is running a forum about addressing systemic barriers to services and employment faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women.

This Canadian Human Rights Policy Forum will also be an opportunity for participants to learn about the Optional Protocol of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Optional Protocol establishes an individual complaints mechanism for the Convention, but what does this really mean for women with disabilities and Deaf women?

DAWN and its project partners ARCH Disability Law Center, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) and Table des Groupes de Femmes de Montréal (TGFM) will be gathering on 3 December for this important event! 

Creative Growth Art Center


Founded in 1974 in Oakland, California, Creative Growth is a leader in the field of arts and disabilities, establishing a model for a creative community guided by the principle that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication.

From the first day Creative Growth started in the East Bay home of Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz, the vision was clear. Art would be the path forward for people with disabilities to express themselves and a professional gallery would exhibit their work.

Prepare to be inspired to make art: see the artists in action here

What's Changed?

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office organized a conversation on 'What's Changed?' for people living with disabilities, in terms of their sexual and reproductive health, since the ground-breaking 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. Watch the panel discussion from earlier this month here

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