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Having A Say Conference 2021 at Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong

The Having A Say Conference 2021 comes to Deakin University, Waterfront Campus at 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong from Tuesday the 15th until Thursday the 17th of June 2021.
Looking for Geelong accommodation? Then stay with us at The Vue Apartments Geelong conveniently located in the heart of Geelong only a short drive or walk from the Deakin Waterfront Campus making us the perfect place to base yourself during the conference!

More about the conference-

The Theme for this years event is You’re My Best Friend-
In 2021, the VALID Having a Say Conference is being held in June. This is to give them the best chance of getting everyone together, without the threat of the virus spoiling their fun.
And don’t worry, even if the virus hangs around until June and thinks it can spoil our party, it’s got another thing coming!
As well as planning for their annual get together in Geelong, they are planning the biggest and best on-line conference the Universe has ever seen! It will be ‘in person’ and online, so everyone can join in.Come along to celebrate your best friend – the person or people who have helped get you through. Because, just like Queen also sang, We’ve Got to Break Free!


About the Having a Say Conference
The Having a Say conference helps people to find their voice, to speak up,
to be heard and to be respected. This is the conference where people listen to each other, not just to the speakers on stage. This is the conference where people respect each other’s views and opinions and celebrate their common cause. The conference gets fantastic support from local disability services, the Local Reference Committee, City of Greater Geelong, Tourism Geelong and
the Bellarine and local Geelong businesses.
People enjoy coming to the conference for a range of reasons. Some are keen advocates for people with disability and want to debate about issues, others find the whole environment empowering and some just want to have fun!
Many people come to the conference to have a say, such as on open microphone as a presenter or performer. We often get comments on the Evaluation Forms saying things like “It was great I felt important because everyone listened to what I said”.
Having a Say has been around for long time, because there is nothing else like it
in Australia! It is also a great way for people to get together to share experiences and to celebrate our achievements.


Aims of the Having a Say Conference
The Having a Say Conference aims to empower people with disability through:
• The opportunity to ‘have a say’ about issues that affect their lives
• Opportunity to celebrate ability and achievement
• Being part of the planning and running of the conference
• Opportunities to be heard by politicians, government and service providers
• The opportunity to meet people from around Victoria, Australia and overseas
Priority (who gets in first) will be given to presentations/performances/displays that:
• Involve people with disabilities in the planning and writing of the presentation
• Are presented at the conference by people with disability
• Are about the conference theme (see above)
• Talk about achievements and contribution of people with disability


More Information
For more information about the conference, please contact the VALID Office.
Phone: 03 9416 4003 Fax: 03 9416 0850
Email: Website:


BOOK your Geelong accommodation for the Having A Say Conference 2021 here at the Vue Apartments Geelong and we look forward to welcoming you to stay with us in the heart of Geelong in our boutique, apartment style accommodation!