After last year’s inaugural success, the Hunter Disability Expo is back bigger than ever with a collaboration of the best entertainers and demonstrators and plenty of highlights.
The expo was established by Carly Stewart and Chantelle Robards in 2017.
Ms Robards is a freelancer with years of advocating and consulting in the disability sector.
This year the duo have partnered with 4community, the NDCO program and Newcastle Council to bring the event back to the Newcastle Jockey Club at Broadmeadow, October 26 and 27.
The event contains something for everyone, including entertainment, all-ability performances, a café, keynote speakers, interviews and demos.
There are also recreational activities and assistive technology demonstrations.
With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now fully rolled out across New South Wales, people now have a better understanding of what it is all about.
More than 200,000 Australians are now receiving support through the NDIS – the new way of providing personalised support for people with disability, their families and carers.
People are much more aware of the services and are now focusing on the range of supports they can locate and lock in for their NDIS plan.
“We’ve found that the question has moved away from ‘What is the NDIS?’ to ‘What supports can I access through the NDIS?’.” said Kathryn Carey, event organiser and spokesperson for social impact organisation 4community.
“The expo gives people access to the full array of disability services and products in a way that cannot be achieved in a digital interface.”
According to Ms Carey, the organisation’s clients are able to come face to face with disability providers and discuss exactly what they are looking for in a service.
As innovators, creatives and strategic problem solvers, 4community develops partnerships to increase social impact.
It helps organisations find creative solutions to complex problems and is best known for supporting social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
This year’s expo features the best the Hunter disability sector has to offer with more than 100 product and service providers.
With such a fantastic line up, organisers are expecting a good turn out of spectators and participators to the Expo over the two day event.
Best of all, entry is free for attendees who can register online at https://www.hunterdisabilityexpo.com.au/attendexpo/.
For fast access on the day, follow the Hunter Disability Expo Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/250732055662802/.
This will give you regular updates, information and articles.
For more details, head to https://www.hunterdisabilityexpo.com.au/.
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