5 things to do at Disability Inclusion Week

28 August 2023

Join us to celebrate our stories and our community

With events on each day from 4-8 September 2023, we’re sharing five things you can do at Disability Inclusion Week – including play para-sports, order a free coffee using Auslan, and learn from industry guests at the careers panel. 

Photo of a student drinking coffee on a sunny day on Eastern Avenue

Learn how to order a free coffee using Auslan at the Disability Inclusion Week pop-up on Eastern Avenue next Tuesday 5 September.

Watch a staged reading of Harm’s Way followed by a Q&A with the writer and director

Harm’s Way is a one-hour play that follows six people living with various degrees of combined hearing and vision loss. Watch a reading of this insightful play featuring professional actors, followed by a Q&A session with author Dr Annmaree Watharow and director Izabella Louk. 

Showing from 4 pm to 6 pm on Monday 4 September in Room 207, Susan Wakhil Health Building, register to attend online.

Play para-sports, order a free coffee using Auslan and speak to staff about support on Eastern Avenue

Participants try wheelchair archery on Eastern Avenue during 2022 Disability Inclusion Week

Try para-sports like wheelchair archery at the Disability Inclusion Week pop-up on Eastern Avenue.

Drop by the Disability Inclusion Week pop-up on Eastern Avenue to join the celebrations. 

You can learn how to order a free coffee using Auslan (Australian Sign Language), or play para-sports such as boccia, wheelchair fencing and vision impaired futsal with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness

If you are interested in finding out more about support for students with disabilities or carer responsibilities, the pop-up is a great chance to chat to staff and ask them any questions you might have. 

You can also grab your free sunflower lanyard as part of the launch of our Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme.

We're bringing this global initiative to the University to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for people in our community with hidden disabilities.

The Disability Inclusion Week pop-up will be on Eastern Avenue and the Law Lawns between 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday 5 September. Drop by anytime - no registration is needed. 

Learn from industry speakers about career management for students with disabilities and network over lunch 

Join our industry guests for a panel discussion on transitioning to meaningful employment and developing your career.

Panellists will cover a range of topics including gaining experience, navigating the recruitment process, making decisions about disclosure, and requesting workplace adjustments.

After the panel, you’ll have the opportunity to chat further over a light lunch. Register for the Career Management for Students with Disabilities Q&A Panel on Wednesday 6 September from 12 pm to 1.30 pm in Rooms 514 and 516, Jane Foss Russell Building.

Meet new friends at the Disability Collective Trivia Night or the Neurodivergent and Autism Meetup

SRC Disability and Carers Officers Khanh Tran and Jack Scanlan, with postgraduate student and SUPRA Disability Officer Gemma Lucy Smart

Undergraduate students and SRC Disability and Carers Officers Khanh Tran and Jack Scanlan, with postgraduate student and SUPRA Disability Officer Gemma Lucy Smart.

Hosted by your Students’ Representative Council (SRC), the Disability Collective Trivia Night is a great way to meet other students over a fun, free night of pizza and trivia. 

Register for Disability Collective Trivia Night, happening from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday 7 September at Hermann’s Bar. 

The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association’s (SUPRA) is also hosting a Neurodivergent and Autism Meetup. Both students and staff are invited to register for the Neurodivergent and Autism Meetup, which is on from 4 pm to 5.30 pm, Thursday 7 September at the Abercrombie Building Refrectory.

Hear from disability rights advocate Senator Jordan Steele-John and connect over afternoon tea

Senator Jordan Steele-John.

Senator Jordan Steele-John

Join us for a memorable conclusion to the week with Senator Jordon Steele-John on the power of lived experience and how we can use our shared experiences for connection, communication and change.

At the time of his election, Senator Steele-John was the youngest senator in Australian history, and the first with lived experience of cerebral palsy.

He has played a leading role in establishing the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with Disability, advocates for a National Disability Insurance Scheme that meets the needs of disabled people, and initiated the first parliamentary inquiry into ADHD assessment and treatment in Australia.

There will be opportunities for you to ask the senator questions and connect with other students and staff over afternoon tea. Register for the Our Stories, Our Community with Senator Jordon Steele-John event on Friday 8 September from 1 pm to 2.30 pm at the Michael Spence Building (F23) Auditorium. 

Find out more and register

Visit the Disability Inclusion Week website to find out more and register for this year's events and activities. 

All students are invited to come together to share stories from those with lived experience of disability, celebrate as a community, and work together to raise awareness and inclusion.