Gearing up for the Disability Expo in Launceston

Everyone is welcome: Head to the free Disability Expo - Gearing up for Choice and Control. The event here in Launceston will be on Wednesday September 15 at the Grand Chancellor. Photo: Supplied.
Everyone is welcome: Head to the free Disability Expo - Gearing up for Choice and Control. The event here in Launceston will be on Wednesday September 15 at the Grand Chancellor. Photo: Supplied.

The Disability Expo - Gearing up for Choice and Control, is on again with three events across the state.

We're first up here in Launceston, with our event running from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday September 15 at the Grand Chancellor. And the great thing is, entry is free.

Residents near Hobart and near Devonport will each have their turn with expos to be held in November.

Organised by advocacy group Speak Out, they say the Disability Expos aim to connect families, carers and people living with a disability to the services, supports and products they require.

"Everyone is welcome to come along and take advantage of the free expo that is organised by the community, for the community," said Speak Out advocacy manager Jenny Dixon.

Speak Out also explained that while the NDIS provides the opportunity for people to have a greater say in their life and in selecting their service providers, it's not easy keeping up with all the organisations who are coming on board and working out the right assistance to suit individual needs.

"Those who are navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme, their families and carers, will welcome the chance the see the growing number of service providers in their area, all in the one location and get the information they need."

This year's expos also feature a talking spot about Microboards.

"Western Australia has extensive experience with this innovative approach and we are very fortunate to link with Jo Nunn from Microboards Australia."

Further explaining why this is important, "Every person living with a disability has different needs and will make different choices about how they wish to live their life," Jenny said.

Meanwhile, Speak Out members' executive president Monique Crowden encourages everyone to attend the Disability Expo.

"Come to the expo, get information, ask questions, think about opportunities and talk to services about how they respond to your changing needs. This will help you make choices and exercise control in your life," Monique said.

"The expo is an invaluable resource for families, carers and people with disability to talk to key people directly, compare services and learn about the NDIS and the opportunities it can bring," Jenny said.

"The expo is also a great place to go for anyone considering working in the health and disability sector, as there will be organisations all under the one roof who may be looking for more staff or who will have representatives who can talk about job opportunities and training pathways.

"I hope this event will help lots of people make informed decisions," Jenny said.

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