Disability Expos in Western Australia and Queensland to Attend in 2022
Disability Expos in Western Australia and Queensland to Attend in 2022
The rise of disability expos provides an opportunity for people with disabilities and their families to ask questions and learn about the latest opportunities, services, and technologies available for them.
There are tons of expos across Western Australia and Queensland planned for 2022, so here’s a quick expo guide to narrow down your options.
Disability Expos in Western Australia
Perth Disability Connection Expo
The Perth Disability Connection Expo is scheduled for the 12th and 13th of August 2022 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. St. Jude’s Disability Services will be sponsoring this event.
Health Care and NDIS experts will be available to answer participants’ questions and provide advice for those who are looking to apply for NDIS funding.
The exhibitors are from a diverse group of service providers, including allied health, support coordination, accommodation, home and community services, early intervention, and complex case management.
One of the most exciting aspects of the 2022 Perth Disability Connection Expo is that participants will have the option to book a personal meeting with their chosen service provider at the event.
Source Kids Disability Expo Perth
The Source Kids Disability Expo is a free event happening on the 15th-16th of October 2022 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s open to all ages, but specialises in services for people under the age of 25.
The expo will feature hundreds of product and service providers at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, including St. Jude’s Disability Services.
The participants can gather information on various topics such as the support and services available to kids within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory impairments, and other neurodevelopmental issues.
The event will also feature performers and fun activities for the attendees. Sensory-friendly spaces and sports zones will be available for a whole two days of fun and learning.
You can get your free tickets from the event website.
The Abilities Expo is a one-day event ideal for people with disability and their families to access actionable strategies and information on the latest products, equipment, and services available for their daily living. Whether you are looking for medical services, personal care tutorials or information on how technology can make everyday living easier; this event has something for you.
St. Jude’s will be participating in this event, along with other exhibitors and speakers. The expo will promote learning and intellectual pursuits through lectures and discussions.
The date this expo is yet to be finalised.
Mandurah Disability Expo
Scheduled for the 30th April 2022, the Mandurah Disability Expo will feature allied and mental health service providers, as well as equipment manufacturers.
It’s a free, one-day expo to be held at Ormsby Terrace in Mandurah, WA.
You can expect to see an exhibition of assistive devices and technologies to help people with disabilities manage their day-to-day activities safely and independently. The expo will also present loads of helpful information about support services, government benefits, equipment, assistive technology and much more.
It serves as the Brisbane branch of the Source Kids Expo which also takes place in Perth. It is free to attend and will provide over 150 disability product and service providers. St Jude’s will also be participating in this expo.
The expo requires registration for entry, but is free of charge.
This expo aims to bring experts and clients together under one roof – creating connections. There are over 200 exhibitors in total. St Jude’s will be attending this year, and we will host contests and fun giveaways for attendees. Our specialist team will be available to provide answers for all your queries and concerns.
The Disability Connection Expo is hosted in every major Australian city, making it accessible for people throughout Australia.
Brisbane Disability Expo
The Brisbane Disability Expo runs over two days on both the 14th and 15th of September 2022. It is taking place at the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The expo will host industry experts to present interactive and informative presentations targeted at supporting those living with disability.
Benefits of Attending a Disability Expo
Disability expos are a great opportunity for family members of people with disabilities to learn about the latest products, services, and support available for them in the field of disability services.
If you’re a disability service provider, or employed in the disability sector as a plan manager or support coordinator, attending an expo will help you stay on top of the latest research in this ever-evolving industry. This will allow you to better handle your clients and promote improvement in their daily lives.
At a disability expo, you can get the knowledge and resources necessary straight from the experts themselves.
Most of these events are free to attend, and exhibitors feature their services or products– which will allow you to try out some of the accessibility tools for yourself and have direct conversations with allied health practitioners representing the service providers. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and gather as much information as you can regarding a product or service that will benefit you or your loved one.
Understand NDIS plans
Navigating the NDIS system can be complex, however attending an expo can provide you with valuable information relevant to you or your loved one. By having conversations with experts in the field, you can learn more information to help you understand a NDIS plan. You can also get access to valuable advice when it comes to optimising the plan in accordance to the specific needs of the plan holder.
Expos also provide an opportunity to meet other professionals and families going through similar experiences.
There’s nothing more comforting than knowing that you’re not alone in dealing with the challenges of having a disability. Sharing your experiences with a group of people who understands and supports you is priceless.
Most of all, they’re fun!
Hundreds, if not thousands, attend these expos, and organizers ensure that everyone has a great time learning, discovering new experiences, and meeting people.
There are stage presentations and lots of other free entertainment to keep the attendees engaged throughout the event. The St Jude’s booths at various expos include exciting giveaways, mini photo booths as well as fairy floss and popcorn machines for attendees to enjoy.
How St Jude’s fits into the picture
We hope you are able to find the exhibition that suits your requirements. Attending an event like this is a great way to figure out how you can further help your community, whether as a person with disability, a family of one, or a disability service provider.
The events listed above will implement strict safety protocols to ensure attendees are in a COVID-safe environment.
If you’re interested to learn more about St. Jude’s disability support services and advocacies for people with disabilities, make sure to check some of these expos out.