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KATE ELLIS MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE
16 March 2012
Applications open for National Disability Conference Initiative
Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, is encouraging conference organisers in Adelaide to apply for grants of up to $12,000 to improve access for people with a disability and their carers.
The Australian Government has announced the opening of the National Disability Conference Initiative. Under the initiative, conference organisers can apply for funds to support the inclusion of people with a disability at disability-focused conferences held in Australia during 2012-2013.
Grants can be used to assist people with a disability and their carers with the costs of attending the conference, such as conference fees, accommodation or travel.
They may also cover services such as Auslan interpreters, live captioning services, hearing loops or note-takers for people who are deaf and hearing impaired.
"Conferences are a wonderful opportunity for local people with a disability to come together to learn and share their experiences. We also know that they support professional development and enhance the leadership capacity of people with a disability,"
"This initiative provides a great opportunity for conference organisers to ensure their events are more accessible and inclusive to local people with a disability, their families and carers. I strongly encourage conference organisers in Adelaide to apply for this funding." Ms Ellis said.
Eligibility requirements and application forms for the National Disability Conference Initiative are available by contacting Kate Ellis MP on 82692433.
Applications close Friday 5 April 2012.