The LSA was a proud organiser of the of the popular Open State event, Democratising Disability… Taking Control, held on October 5 in the purpose-built Open State Dome in Victoria Square.
Open State is a South Australian festival of collaboration, innovation, ideas and enterprise.
The LSA worked with leaders of peak organisations in the disability sector to plan and host the event. Held in front 140 attendees, the event was opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, who spoke of the need of democracy for everyone in society.
Democratising Disability…Taking Control, included keynote speeches by paralympian Jocelyn Neumueller and Maurice Corcoran AM, Manager of the South Australian Community Visitor Scheme, and an engaging panel discussion with representatives from peak disability bodies.
Panel members were:
- Jocelyn Neumueller
- Maurice Corcoran AM
- Tamara Tomic, LSA Chief Executive
- Peter Stewart, PQSA Chief Executive Officer
- Nahtanha Davey, Brain Injury SA Chief Executive Officer
- Anne Gale, South Australia’s Public Advocate
- The South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Dr Niki Vincent, moderated the panel, which explored barriers in taking control and achieving a person-centred community for everyone.
Sincere thanks to event partners Brain Injury SA, PQSA, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and IPAA.