Sydney Disability Accommodation Convention

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The Sydney Disability Accommodation Convention is the first of its kind in the Sydney Region and will bring together SDA and SIL providers. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has provided the opportunity for people with a disability to live independently in a supported and safe environment.

The Convention is a public event and open to anyone wishing to learn more about accommodation options in their local community and the perfect opportunity for SIL and SDA providers to promote their organisation and accommodation vacancies. Local SDA and SIL providers will be on display expo style and the event will also feature 4 educational forums

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21st June 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm


Campbelltown RSL Club, 1 Carberry Ln, Campbelltown, NSW



Supported Independent Living Forum
10:00am to 11:20am

Presented by Rajika Gilhotra
Rajika works at Sunnyfield as a Business Development Manager, assisting people with a disability and their families’ understand NDIS processes and creating positive opportunities for them to build their capacity for independence. She has over 18 years of operational, fundraising and leadership experience in the disability sector.

Rajika established and continues to manage Sunnyfield’s support coordination team. She also leads a team to establish new Supported Independent Living homes in NSW and ACT. She focuses on assisting NDIS participants establish their eligibility for SIL funding and supporting them through the NDIS SIL approval process and the transition into their new homes. She is passionate about open and honest communication and building strong relationships. She will aim to provide you a clear understanding of the process of acquiring funding for supported independent living and answer your specific queries.

Basics of Supported Independant Living funding

The process for acquiring SIL funding

Provider communication when a participant is in Supported Independant Living

Specialist Disability Accommodation Forum - Support Cordinators, Carers & Families
11:30am to 12:50pm

Presented by Jo-Anne Bennett
Jo-Anne is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about supporting individuals and their families to ensure their supports and environments are enabling them to be as independent, productive and engaged as they wish to be.

Jo-Anne works at Advance Rehab Centre and has developed a team of Occupational Therapists who focus only on Special Disability Accommodation eligibility. As a therapist, consultant and educator, she is involved in collaboratively developing housing plans and assisting participants to apply for SDA eligibility as well as highlighting the SDA opportunities for people with extreme functional impairments. She is involved in the development and implementation of an innovative housing design for people with autism.

The SDA forum will be presented in two parts:

  • Part One will address the basics of eligibility through an interactive session and demonstrated by examples.
  • Part Two will practically demonstrate what is involved in developing a housing plan as a team

Jo-Anne’s team recognises the challenges, barriers and potential rewards of transitioning to a new home. She will aim to provide you with a practical understanding of eligibility and insights in to the SDA journey.

Specialist Disability Accommodation Forum - Occupational Therapists
1:00pm to 2:20pm

Presented by Kelly Aguirre
Kelly is a disability sector professional with over 15 years’ experience in housing and support services, leadership, customer engagement, case management and training. Kelly is a strong advocate for people with disability and specialises in the NDIS and Specialist Disability Accommodation.

Kelly is Summer Foundation’s Housing Project Coordinator for NSW. Her focus is on connecting with networks and individuals to generate interest in properties that are accessible for people with disability. Kelly manages the application process, which includes meeting prospective tenants to understand their individual needs and the potential fit with available properties.

The SDA forum will include:

  1. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Explained
  2. SDA Tools and resources: Exploring NDIS Housing options

Kelly will aim to provide you with a practical understanding of SDA eligibility and the participant housing pathway.

Support Coordination Forum
2:30pm to 3:45pm

Presented by Support Coordination Academy
Support Coordination Academy was established in 2015 and has been providing tools, training and support to Support Coordination providers. They work with numerous Support Coordination providers across the country and consistently hear that their detailed training and practical tools provide support coordinators structure and confidence, and help them to simply get on with the job.

About the Forum

Support coordination is a service which may be allocated on a participant’s NDIS plan to provide help to implement their plan and bring their goals to life. The NDIA allocates this service type, and the participant has a choice of support coordination provider.

What this statement means, is a support coordination service will assist a person and their family to understand their NDIS Plan, check on what supports in the community or what mainstream services such as education or health could help to meet their goals. The support coordinator will also assist the participant to look at how the funded supports on the plan can best be implemented, offering choice of service providers. Any points of crisis, the support coordinator would assist the person to identify how these can be resolved and assist to develop stability in the person’s life by helping to set up consistent services around the person, so goals can be achieved.

Using the Support Coordination Academy Pathway as the road map for this session you will learn practical ways to:

  • Understand Community and Mainstream Support
  • Connect with participants
  • Turn the NDIS plan into an Action plan
  • Link a participant with supports
  • Coach, refine and prepare for review
This session will be helpful for support coordinators however the information is also relevant for service providers who are wanting to increase their knowledge on the technical aspects of the NDIA and the support coordination role.

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Would you like to sponsor the convention?

Gold Sponsorship SOLD OUT

$3500 (plus GST)

Gold sponsor benefits

  • Company name to be directly associated with event in all marketing opportunities
  • Registration as a Table Host (option for double table)
  • Naming rights to show bags (supplied by sponsor)
  • Prime position at entry of venue
  • Unlimited signage
  • 4 x promotion of organisation throughout the day
  • Company promoted through event marketing strategies such as radio and social media advertising
  • Targeted email promotion to thousands within the Hunter and Central Coast communities
  • Logo promoted on big screens during the event
  • Logo positioned at the top of the promotional flyer
  • Signage at registration desk
  • Signage in Forum Room
  • Logo on event section of the website
  • Prominent placement of company logo and recognition of your company in the Convention program through a story

Silver Sponsorship

$1500 (plus GST)

Silver sponsor benefits

  • Registration as a Table Host (option for double table)
  • Logo on promotional flyer
  • Prime position at entry of venue
  • 2 x promotion of organisation throughout the day
  • Promoted through Convention marketing such as radio and social media advertising
  • Logo promoted on big screens during the event
  • Logo on event section of the website
  • Targeted email promotion to thousands within the Hunter and Central Coast communities
  • Logo and recognition of your company in the Convention program

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Host a Table

The event will give your organisation the opportunity to promote your SIL and/or SDA services directly to the public, as well as Support Coordinators, Teachers, Case Coordinators, or other providers, and potentially connect to new business.

As a Table Host, you will be provided with a rectangle table and chairs in the expo section of the Convention, which you can decorate as you wish. It is free for the general public, Support Coordinators or similar to come along and gather information from all the SIL and SDA Table Hosts.

Bring along promotional brochures, promotional giveaways and business cards for at least 100 people. We will advise more accurate numbers closer to the time when we have a better indication of registration numbers. Also bring along a pull up banner (if you have one) to display behind your table. You can decorate your table in different ways such as balloons, decorative table cloths, flowers, chocolates, giveaways etc.

There is no limit to the number of representatives that attend from your team.

There will be a limit of 40 tables.

$500 (plus GST)

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