As 2018 draws to a close, we have been looking back on our experiences and achievements this year. From conferences, to piloting a new program, working with sites, to giving and receiving some awards – it’s been a productive, exciting time for SL&RR!
“CONFERENCES ARE A GREAT CHANCE TO SHARE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND LEARN FROM OTHERS.”– Dr Amie O’Shea
- ‘Better Together’ Conference, Melbourne – January
- VALID Having a Say Conference, Geelong – February
- DHHS ‘Preventing Abuse’ Workshop (Scope), Melbourne – March
- National Virtual Disability Conference – March
- University of Melbourne MD Student Conference, Melbourne – June
- ASID NZ, Wellington, New Zealand – July
- AGMC’s Living and Loving in Diversity Conference, Melbourne – September
- SL&RR Conference, Melbourne – October
- 2018 ASID Conference, Gold Coast – November
- ANU School of Sociology ‘Happy Anniversary? Reflecting on Marriage Equality’, Canberra – November
- Queer Legacies Conference, Melbourne – November
SL&RR collaborated with Inclusion Melbourne and received funding from the Gay and Lesbian Funding Association (GALFA) to gather new stories from people who identify with the LGBTIQ+ community. This work has now become part of the core SL&RR program. As a result of their work on this project, SL&RR was nominated for and won the Inclusion Award at the National Disability Leadership Awards. You can read more about their work and achievement here, and also on Deakin’s publication ‘Network’ soon!
SL&RR has partnered with Synapse to collect stories with people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). SL&RR will develop a program for people with an ABI, from their research and collected stories.
SL&RR collaborated with the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability to establish sites in the Blue Mountains. The project to evaluate SL&RR in NSW was concluded in collaboration with Honorary Professor Kelly Johnson.
People from the seven current sites in Australia attended the SL&RR Conference on the 26th October 2018. Each site shared the wonderful work they have undertaken this year, and it was a fantastic opportunity for people from different areas to meet and network with one another.
(If there is something your site has done since the SL&RR Conference, that you would like to share with us, pleas comment below! We’d love to hear from you!)
The SL&RR community has received some lovely recognition this year for their tireless commitment to their work, and positive impact on the disability community.
THE JANICE SLATTERY AWARD
This year SL&RR introduced an award in honour of the work of Janice Slattery. Celebrating a Peer Educator or Program Partner who has demonstrated strong leadership, the 2018 recipient of this award was Shane Edwards. You can read more here.
NATIONAL DISABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
SL&RR were nominated for and won the Inclusion Award for their work on the LGBTIQ+ project, and Janice Slattery was nominated for and won the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement. You can read the full story here.
Associate Professor Patsie Frawley received a Fellowship of the Australian Society of Disability at the 2018 ASID conference at the Gold Coast in 2018.
GEELONG DISABILITY AWARDS
Peer Educator Linda Stokoe received the Geelong ‘Volunteering and Employment’ award.
Hopefully, we will have THREE additional sites joining us next year – Tasmania, Geelong and Blue Mountains! The SL&RR team is very much looking forward to continuing our work throughout Australia. Watch this space!
New roles in 2019
There will be upcoming opportunities for the SL&RR Network to work with the National Team in 2019 — keep an eye on the website early next year for more information!
From the team at SL&RR, we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much to our wonderful community for making this an outstanding year.
We’ll see you in 2019!