On 22 May 2014 Advocacy for Inclusion hosted the Control & Choice Expo with great success. Over 2000 visitors attended the event, with more than 110 businesses and charities from Canberra and the surrounding region showcasing what products and services they have to offer people with disabilities.
The aim of the Control & Choice Expo was to give people with disabilities the opportunity to see for themselves, what programs and services are available to them.
Advocacy for Inclusion was proud to host an event with the help of many great volunteers and sponsors: ABC 666 Canberra, Bank MECU and ACT government Community Services Directorate.
The Day Kicked off with an Outside broadcast from 666 ABC Canberra and hosted by the Control & Choice Expo Patron, Genevieve Jacobs.
Genevieve Jacobs took the time to explore some of the more quirky types of services on offer, such as Floating Beach Wheelchairs, life coaching services and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (pictured).
As the Patron of the expo Jacobs wanted to send the message that “Everyone deserves to speak with their own voice and everyone's individual gifts and abilities deserve recognition. The implementation of the NDIS promises a fresh start and a new direction for many, and the Control and Choice Expo will provide a strong, locally oriented starting point for that journey."
You can read her entire message at: http://www.advocacyforinclusion.org/index.php/88-uncategorized/153-message-from-our-patron
Visitors arrived in droves from 10am, many keen to see what programs, products and services are available for people with disabilities in Canberra.
Organisations provided visitors with a wealth of information, and opportunities for future support, while exhibitors were able to network with local and interstate organisations.
Nicole from Australian Healthcall said “It allowed everyone to come together in one place and give exposure particularly for several people who had no idea how to access service.”
Many people were thrilled to have so many diverse organisations under the one roof, an opportunity that many people with disabilities have never had before.
Missed out on the Control & Choice Expo 2014?
A full list of exhibitors can be found at: http://www.advocacyforinclusion.org/index.php/control-choice-expo/exhibitor-profiles
Also you can drop into our office for a free Control & Choice Expo showbag with the Exhibitors’ Guide and exhibitor information from the day. Get in quick!
A full list of our fantastic volunteers and supporters can be found at: http://www.advocacyforinclusion.org/index.php/control-choice-expo/thank-you