The Family Conference brings together families of children with disabilities and their allies. The presentations aim to inspire, educate and empower families in building a good life. The conference also celebrates people with a disability who are making a difference in their community.

We hope you enjoy this collection of resources from the Doing things Differently Conference 2020

The Telepractice - a family guide and resource ebook is a practical resource on achieving positive outcomes for children and the entire family during the COVID pandemic—and beyond.

A collection of videos by parents of children with disabilities, professionals and peer workers provides insights on enhancing communication, literacy, video modelling techniques and other strategies.

We hope it informs and inspires you. Let us know your thoughts and stay tuned for more resources from the conference in the coming weeks.

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Held early September 2020, the 4th Annual Family Conference brought together families of children with disabilities and developmental delays and their allies.

One of the conference’s traditions is producing a statement, which summarises key points that resonated with participants during the day. It acknowledges parent’s and carer’s agency and can guide the way forward.

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Early childhood intervention is more than therapy. As learning mainly takes place between sessions, it’s important for professionals to partner with families to nurture their children’s development in everyday environments. Tim will share his insights on the power of families and communities in making this happen. Other topics discussed for positive outcomes include early learning environments; the role of families, relationships and daily routines; and involving children meaningfully in-home and community life.

This session is in conversation with Dr Tim Moore and Sylvana Mahmic.

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Our panel of experts will share their insights on how to make the most of this time. Topics will include doing things differently in online therapy and daily routines for good outcomes, adjusting goals if necessary, using funding flexibly and other ways to help the family thrive during the pandemic.

Not having a vision for your child is like going for a drive without a destination. Kate will share her experience in building a fulfilling life for her daughter Bridget, who has a disability. Find out how she self manages her daughter’s NDIS plan and her strategies to enable Bridget to live her best life.

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Online therapy is a big transition. Many parents and carers may be wondering if it is as effective as face-to-face sessions. In fact, Telepractice was successfully used for early childhood intervention long before COVID-19. Lorraine will share a summary of research into this field for children with disabilities up to 8 years old and their families. The findings include family and professional perspectives about its limitations and benefits.\

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A lovely and insightful introduction to Audrey's interview from Deb, Peer Worker

Actor and screenwriter Audrey O’Connor is inspiring people with disability to have a voice and make a difference through cinema.

Involved with Bus Stop Films for ten years, she discusses its amazing creative community and her past and future projects. Audrey believes that more people with disabilities should be represented in cinema.

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