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What’s on: Your guide to accessible events across Australia in June 2022

Woman in wheelchair taking a photo with partner outdoors

From Vivid Sydney to a ball in Burswood (WA), here’s your guide to accessible events and things to do across Australia during June 2022.

Vivid Sydney

Sydney’s favourite lights and music extravaganza is back this year after a disappointing cancellation last year due to COVID-19. Now in its 12th year, the annual festival sparks the soul of the city with creative brilliance for 23 days and nights.

There will be five locations for accessible viewing: the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hickson Road Reserve, Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park.

The Vivid Sydney Access & Inclusion Coordinator is available to assist guests with access requirements to pre-plan their trip and provide information about accessible services and facilities.

Disability services and community groups need to register their interest for drop off and pick up zones for accessible viewing areas with the Access and Inclusion Coordinator. 

For information around facilities, visit the Facilities webpage. For more details visit the Vivid Sydney Access and Inclusions webpage

Dates: Up to 18 June 2022
Venues: Barangaroo, Carriageworks, Central Station and The Goods Line, Circular Quay and The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter, Darling Square, Luna Park, Sydney CBD and Surrounds, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Walsh Bay.

RDE – Regional Disability Expo

The Regional Disability Expo (RDE) provides information on supports, products and services for people living with disability, and their families and carers. The event’s exhibitors cover areas including health and fitness, independent living services and products, post-school options, employment and education, advocacy, social activities and recreation, support services, assistance products, and transport and vehicles. Free to attend.

Dates: Through August-October 2022
Venues: At Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba in Queensland.
Learn more on this page.

‘Are You Pulling My Leg?’ comedy event

'Are you pulling my leg?' comedy event artwork
‘Are You Pulling My Leg?’ comedy event

This comedy evening (sponsored by Mable) showcases some of Australia’s funniest comedians who live with disability, are chronically ill or live with mental health conditions.

The event will be wheelchair accessible, captioned and Auslan interpreted. Strictly 18+ and over. Tickets are $30 per adult, $20 concession (+ booking fees) and Companion Card tickets are free.

Date: 16 June 2022
Venue: UTS The Balcony Room, Ultimo, NSW.
Learn more on this page.

Gold Coast Disability Expo

Go along to the Gold Coast Disability Expo to meet with product and service providers and catch a range of informative and interactive presentations delivered by industry experts. Free to attend.

Date: 17-18 June 2022
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Learn more on this page.

Intellectual Disability Awareness and Inclusion Workshop

A workshop to help you improve your understanding of intellectual disability and how you can be inclusive. Presented by the Connect-Able Project, the workshop is facilitated by South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability SACID and co-presented by a person with intellectual disability. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding intellectual disability
  • Models of support and tips for avoiding stereotypes
  • Providing practical resources to use in a health setting
  • Communicating with people with intellectual disability
  • What inclusion means to people with intellectual disability

Date: 15 June 2022
Venue: Summit Summit Health Centre, 85 Wellington Road, Mount Barker, SA 5251
Learn more on this page.

Source Kids Disability Expo

The Source Kids Disability Expo takes place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. June is Melbourne’s turn. Find more than 150 disability product and service providers in the one venue and meet with providers supporting families of children with disabilities. There’ll also be fun performances, a sensory-friendly zone and chill zones. Free to attend.

Date: 18-19 June 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (Victoria). Also coming up in Brisbane in July.
Learn more on this page

Inaugural All-Abilities Ball

An event for everyone, the All-Abilities Ball is your opportunity to dress up in fabulous formal wear and enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour, with a fabulous buffet dinner, drinks and a live band. Tickets are $211.03.

Date: Dates TBC (between 31 May and 24 June 2022)
Venue: River View Rooms at Optus Stadium, Burswood, WA.
Learn more on this page

Tech Savvy Seniors Event

This is a free program to help older Australians to connect with others for morning tea and a chat. Free to attend.

Date: 16 June 2022
Venue: Seniors Recreation Council of WA, 246 Vincent Street, Leederville.
Learn more on this page

Meditative Movement

Release stress and pay some beautiful attention to your body, mind and heart with gentle yoga poses and guided relaxation. All abilities are welcome and no experience is required. Participate in the privacy of your own home.

Dates: 6 June 2022, followed by 13 June, 20 June and 27 June 2022.
Venue: This is an online event delivered via Zoom.
Learn more on this page.

Painting class

Enjoy a fun and social painting class run by professional art teacher and painter, Michael Braden. No experience is necessary and the cost is just $5 for the materials used. Held at the Reginald Murphy Community Centre, there’s also a table tennis table, free wifi, a piano you can play, and free tea and coffee.

Dates: Every second week on Wednesdays, from 1pm to 3pm.
Venue: The City of Sydney’s Reginald Murphy Community Centre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, NSW.
Learn more on this page.

Free weekends at Sydney Living Museums

Take your pick from three museums. At the Museum of Sydney, there’s plenty to see, with regular displays, a film program and fabulous exhibitions. At Hyde Park Barracks, discover stories of early colonial Australia. The Justice & Police Museum offers a fascinating insight into the world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers and other notorious crimes to crime scene photography and the history of Sydney’s watering holes.

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday until the end of June.
Venues: Museum of Sydney, Cnr Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney; Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney; Justice & Police Museum, Cnr Phillip & Albert Streets, Sydney.

Book a support session to attend an event

If you need assistance in booking or getting ready to attend any of these events, or if you require transport and someone to accompany you, you can book a support session through Mable. Bring along your usual support worker or book an Independent Support Worker through Mable.

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