Upcoming conferences

Aerial view of a crowded conference scene where the session has finished and people are standing, sitting and walking about.National Disability Sports Conference 16-18 July 2018 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

International Federation on Ageing Conference 8-10 August, Toronto, Canada

Aged and Community Services Australia National Summit, 3-5 September, ICC Sydney.

Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress, 30 Oct – 2 November 2018, Dublin Castle, Ireland.

Australian Assistive Technology Conference 14-16 November 2018, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

AAG Conference “Advancing not Retiring: Active Players, A Fair Future” 21-23 November 2018, Melbourne

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Save the Date notice.


Call for Posters and Table Topics

banner advertising the conference showing a city river scene and bridgeMissed the deadline to make a presentation at the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference? How about a doing a poster? Or, perhaps you would like to eat and meet with a Table Topic and lead a small discussion group at lunchtime on the first day.

Nick Loder stands by his poster at a conferencePosters are a good way of showcasing your work. So if you have a great example of universal design we’d all like to see it. This is a good way for students to get involved too. Posters should be no larger than A1 (594 x 841 mm) and should be accompanied by a short explanation.  For more details about posters, contact Jane Bringolf.

People are seated around a large table and Elise Copeland from New Zealand is leading a Table Topic discussionTable Topics is where you can eat and meet and lead a lunchtime discussion using either questions, handouts, or a short presentation on a laptop to get the discussion going. With cabaret-style seating, it is easy for delegates to get their lunch and bring it to whichever table they are interested in. The lunchbreak on the first day will be extended by half an hour to get the most out of this activity. If you are interested in leading a Table Topic, contact Jane Bringolf.

Concurrent speaker abstracts and biographies are now available for you to peruse.


Speakers confirmed for the UD Conference

Square banner with conference date and theme, Home and Away, creating inclusion everywhere.All concurrent session speakers for the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference are confirmed and you can now access their abstracts and biographies. The theme is Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere. The program is jam-packed with information and practical examples for house and home, for tourism, travel and getting out and about. Earlybird registrations available now.

Major keynote speakers are: Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics; Amy Child, Associate, Transport and Cities, Arup, and Chris Veitch, Tourism Consultant, Access New Business. Other keynotes are Nadia Feeney, Operations Manager, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, Bill Forrester, Travability, and Kieran O’Donnell, Senior Project Officer, Australian Building Codes Board. Lenna Klintworth will be our Master of Ceremonies. Their biographies and presentation outlines will be available soon.

A special one hour interactive panel session on home modifications will be led by Michael Bleasdale and Liz Ainsworth. Specialist home modification builders will be part of the discussions. We will also have Table Topics during an extended lunch break on the first day. This allows everyone to get involved and a good way of networking. Want to showcase something – why not present a poster or a Table Topic?  


National Disability Sports Convention

Logo for the conventionThe first National Disability Sports Conference (NDSC) will be held 17-18 July in Melbourne in conjunction with the major sports convention. It will showcase disability sport management practices and innovative solutions. The aim is to create more opportunities for people with disability to engage in sport and recreation through the development of inclusive practices. The NDSC will also examine how the sports industry is positioning itself in preparation for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.The Australian Sports Commission identified that a lack of integrated sport and recreation programs and appropriately trained staff were some of the biggest reasons for people with disability not being able to participate. 


14th Global Conference on Ageing, Canada

Preview of abstracts now available for this International Federation on Ageing Conference 8-10 August 2018 in Toronto. These are usually big affairs attracting people from 75 countries. Master classes and an emerging leaders forum are also included. The theme is: Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From evidence to action. You can sign up for news updates on the conference website.


UD Conference: Sneak preview

Banner for the conferenceThe Conference Program Committee is almost ready to post the draft program for the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference. But I thought I’d let CUDA subscribers and members have a sneak view. The conference theme is Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere. That means many of the presentations are about house and home, getting out and about, and travel and tourism. We are delighted to have keynote speakers from Deloitte, Arup, and the Australian Building Codes Board. Our international keynote speaker is Chris Vietch who has worked with Visit England and Visit Scotland. As I say, this is a draft program in a Word format. But it will show you who is speaking and give you an idea of what to expect when you come to the conference.  Jane Bringolf


3rd Australian Universal Design Conference

Street view of the conference venueThe 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 4-5 September 2018 in Brisbane. The venue is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Grey Street side). The organising committee is in the process of finalising the program from the high quality abstracts received and inviting exciting keynotes speakers. It is promising to be an interesting, informative and entertaining event! Keep an eye on the conference website for updates