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Assistive Solutions Expo

2016 Assistive Solutions Expo

Registrations are now open! Click here to register.

Spinal Life Australia’s Assistive Solutions Expo will be held on Saturday 5 March 2016 in Brisbane, bringing together the latest innovations, equipment, aids and technology under one roof.

The Expo will showcase products and services that are relevant to people with a physical disability, their families, carers and industry professionals.

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolling out in Queensland soon, the event will assist you in planning for the scheme, including the products and services you need to meet your lifestyle goals.

The event will also feature exciting guest speakers and information sessions on health, advocacy, employment and more.

Date: Saturday 5 March 2016

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC), Bowen Hills, Brisbane.

Entry: FREE!

Auslan interpreters and live captioning services will be available at the information sessions and keynote presentations.

Click here to pre-register your tickets online; print out your tickets (or keep them on your smartphone) to avoid any delays.

Register before Friday 19 February and go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher!

This inaugural Expo is proudly brought to you by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

Find out more about our Assistive Solutions Expo Travel Subsidy, available to Ordinary members of Spinal Life Australia.

Download the Expo program.

2016 Expo Highlights

The Assistive Solutions Expo will feature keynote speakers and information sessions on health, exercise, advocacy and more.

We will also be showcasing community innovations including the Noosa Library Service’s robot, named Dewey – a teaching aid that assists people who have communication and learning challenges.

Our highly qualified specialists will be providing one-on-one consultations focused on accessing home and workplace modifications, employment assistance and allied health services.

Download the Expo program.

Keynote speakers

Christopher-Hills-websiteChristopher Hills: My journey with accessibility technology and beyond

With his own video editing business, a popular YouTube channel, and a role as an Apple Accessibility Ambassador, Christopher is a rising star in the accessible technology world.

Christopher, who has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, uses a Switch device located in the back of his headrest to toggle through screens, surf the web and edit video content.

At the Expo, Christopher will be sharing how he uses Apple technology (including the Switch Control program) to interact with the world, from accessing social media and reading books, to studying online and running a business.

He will also look at how technology has changed in recent years, along with share more about the Apple Switch Control and how it can be customised for different applications and for individual users.

Greg-AlchinGreg Alchin, Apple Distinguished Educator and Accessibility Consultant

Greg will be joining Christopher (above) as part of his two presentations; providing his insight as a usability consultant, author and mentor.

Greg’s own visual disability means he speaks from personal experience; empowering individuals of all ages and abilities through innovative inclusive strategies that anyone can benefit from.

Greg has received a string of international awards over the past 20 years for sharing his expertise around the world.

Matthew-Ames-websiteMatthew Ames: Technology to the rescue

Matthew was 39 years old when what started as a sore throat resulted in the loss of all four of his limbs. He had contracted streptococcal resulting in toxic shock and was never expected to survive.

Now almost four years later, the father-of-four uses a range of integrated technology solutions that enable him to be a productive member of the family including grocery shopping online and managing the family banking and finances.

Matthew relies on technology to move around his house and community independently, control his environment including opening doors and operating a lift at home, to communicate via phone and computer and to feed himself.

Matthew will be speaking about how a combination of ‘low-technology’ and ‘high-technology’ innovations have increased his independence and quality of life.

Information sessions

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NDIS: Scheme basics and clarification from cases to date

As part of Slater and Gordon’s information session, Principal Lawyer Janine McIlwraith will:

  • Examine the key access criteria
  • Examine entitlements
  • Provide case examples of people living in the current NDIS trial sites
  • Examine the effects of compensation

Sporting Wheelies Horizontal logo colourSporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
Physical activity – your way to an independent life

There is no better time for being more physically active – a healthier and more independent life can start now! Whilst there are still questions about exactly what will be available through the NDIS when it rolls out in Queensland, supports for being more physically active will be funded under the scheme and whilst we wait for the NDIS roll-out, these services and programs are available.

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association assists people to lead active and healthy lives whether through our services and programs or through advisory services and linking to community partners.

This session will discuss the importance of physical activity (including health, fitness, social and functional benefits), share stories from inspiring people and highlight some of the many ways you can discover a more independent life.

Meet our experts!
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Registered Nurses Liz Jarvis and Peter Lysaught will be hosting an information session about pressure and skin management, which was the topic of a recent health seminar held at our Brisbane head office. The session will discuss topics such as how to keep your skin healthy, managing a pressure wound at home, getting the right equipment fit and using it properly to prevent pressure injuries, and pressure mapping.

We’ll also host a keynote presentation called ‘The NDIS and You’ presented by our Executive General Manager for Personal Support and Home Care Services, Pauline Davis, which will provide greater insight into the NDIS and what it will mean for you.

Download the Expo program.

Attending the Expo

Click here to pre-register your tickets online; print out your tickets (or keep them on your smartphone) to avoid any delays.

All Expo attendees will be required to register including support workers, carers and industry professionals.

Register before Friday 19 February and go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher!

Registration will also be available on the day.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Travel and Venue

Just 1.6kms from the CBD, the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) is located at the Brisbane Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.

The Royal ICC is 15 minutes from Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airports, and is easily accessible to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and surrounds.

The Royal ICC is surrounded by plenty of public transport, and in particular the train network.

Bowen Hills and Fortitude Valley train stations are fully accessible and only 10 minutes away.

A large number of accessible car parks will be made available at the venue on the day.  Parking costs a flat rate of $13 for the day.  The entrance to the Royal ICC is via Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.

Click here for more information on the Royal ICC.

Click here to view bus and train timetables. 

Resources

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Event description for use in newsletters, calendar listings, etc:

Assistive Solutions Expo, Saturday 5 March 2016, Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills, Brisbane. Register or find out more at spinal.com.au/expo.

Spinal Life Australia’s Assistive Solutions Expo will be held in Brisbane on Saturday 5 March 2016, showcasing products and services that are relevant to people with a physical disability, their families, carers and industry professionals.

The free event will run from 9am to 4pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, featuring the latest innovations, equipment, aids and technology, along with guest speakers and information sessions.

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolling out in Queensland from early 2016, the event will assist you in planning for the scheme, including the products and services you need to meet your lifestyle goals.

Register before Friday 19 February and go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher!

To find out more and register online, visit www.spinal.com.au/expo.

FAQs for Expo Guests

Q – When will the Expo be held?
A – The Assistive Solutions Expo will run from 9am – 4pm on Saturday 5 March 2016 for one (1) day.

Q – How do I get to the Expo?
A – Visit the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia (Royal ICC) here with location details on the right-hand side for all public transport and parking options.

Q – Will there be car parking?
A – Yes, there will be a number of onsite accessible car parks at a flat rate of $12 per day available under the building. These will be available in a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Q – Will there be lifts?
A – Yes, there is one lift available. We suggest pre-registering so you can show your printed or saved entry QR code (save the QR code to your phone or tablet) for easy access to the Expo.

Q – Are public transport options available?
A – The Royal ICC is accessible via bus, train and taxis.

Q – Where can I stay if I’m visiting for the weekend?
A – Here are a list of accommodation options located within 5kms of the Expo.

Q – Can I buy from the stallholders at the Expo?
A – We are holding this event to give you the opportunity to meet with suppliers directly, to inform your future conversations and planning for the NDIS. As such, it’s not intended for direct sales.

Q – Can I pre-register tickets?
A – Yes, tickets can be pre-registered by clicking here; print out your tickets (or keep them on your smartphone) to avoid any delays.

Q – Is there an ATM available at the Expo?
A – Yes, however to avoid any queues we recommend getting cash out before you arrive.

Q – Where can I find the event program?
A – The program can be downloaded by clicking here, so you can plan your day. Please note, sessions are subject to change.

Q – Is there a cost to attend an information session or presentation?
A – All our information sessions are free to attend and seating is available on a ‘first come’ basis.

Q – Are there cloakroom facilities?
A – Yes, there will be limited cloakroom facilities available onsite.

Q – Is there food available at the Expo?
A – Yes, there will be a selection of food for sale on the day including vegetarian/gluten free options.

Q – I registered a ticket online, but the ticket confirmation receipt didn’t come through to my email.
A – Firstly, please check your junk email box as the email may have been sent there. If it is not there please contact us on 07 3391 2044 or email expo@spinal.com.au and we’ll send you another copy.

Information for Exhibitors

Do you provide outstanding services or products to assist people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives?  If you do, then exhibit at the Assistive Solutions Expo!

We also have great sponsorship opportunities available to help you reach your target audience and market your brand.

The 2016 Assistive Solutions Expo is now full. Email us at expo@spinal.com.au or call 07 3391 2044 to register your interest for our next Expo.

Travel Subsidy

We are offering Ordinary members of Spinal Life Australia an exclusive opportunity to apply for our Assistive Solutions Expo Travel Subsidy.

The subsidy will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be paid as a reimbursement.

Limited funding is available, so apply now to avoid disappointment.

This funding has been generously provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services, as part of the National Disability Conference Initiative 2015-16.

Click here to find out more and apply online.

To find out more, email us at expo@spinal.com.au or call 07 3391 2044.

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