Disability Expo Builds Stronger Community
The Melbourne Disability Expo will once again come to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17.
“The expo helps build a stronger and more resilient community, as families have all the tools they need to help their child live to their full potential, but also the entire family unit as a whole,” says inspirational disability advocate and emcee for the event Ms Roberts-Mazzeo.
With the NDIS in the process of rollout across Victoria, the expo enables people to learn more about the NDIS and view an array of supports they can lock in to their plans or fund privately.
The 2018 expo includes over 150 product and service providers, kids’ entertainment, café, keynote speakers and interviews, NDIS Q&A sessions, and assistive technology demonstrations.
The comparison of products and services in real time, which cannot be achieved on digital interface, is invaluable.
“The expo increases the expectations of people with disability as well as the standard of supports provided to them,” says Social Impact Institute event organiser, Kathryn Carey.
“Now that people have choice, and they have money to spend, they’re no longer willing to accept second rate products, services and advice. They expect the best and, when they come face to face with providers and agencies in their local area, they tell them exactly what they are looking for.”
Melbourne Disability Expo Highlights
- Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, 9am to 3pm
- Opening Ceremony: Friday, October 26, 11am
- Emcee Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo from Miracle Mama
- NDIS Q&A sessions
- Stage performances by all-ability performance groups
- Kids’ entertainment
- Over 150 exhibitors
ABOUT Social Impact Institute
Social Impact Institute has been managing disability expos for five years, developing partnerships with local entities to increase social impact for the greater good of the disability sector. As innovators, creatives and strategic problem solvers, Social Impact Institute helps organisations find creative solutions to complex problems.
ABOUT Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo
Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo helps parents slow down and reconnect, not feel so alone, and find resources and advice to help them on their journey raising a special needs child. She provides inspiration, community and connection for other ‘Miracle Mamas’ on her website, in speaking tours, coaching and meditation programs.