On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May, the PossABLE Expo, hosted by IDEAS (Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services), took place in Albury to prepare the Ovens, Murray, Murrumbidgee and Riverina regions for the roll-out of the NDIS.

What is PossABLE?

The PossABLE Expos began in 2013. They were introduced to give people with disabilities, their families and carers the opportunity to see, hear and try the best local and international options to assist with their life choices.

Event Overview

Young child patting a pony Almost 40 exhibitors and 1800 attendees participated in the two day event. There was a buzz in the air at the Albury Entertainment Centre as people came into the event knowing very little about the impact that the NDIS would have on their lives. They left informed and hopeful about their future.

Attendees were encouraged to dress up in costumes and get their faces painted for the photo booth. It wasn’t just for the young at heart.

The event program consisted of:

  • Assistive technology mobility equipment providers
  • Service providers
  • Planners providing participants with face-to-face NDIS planning meetings
  • The ‘Power Room’ where attendees could hear first-hand what people with disability were saying about a good life chosen by them
  • Wheelchair basketball proved to be a big hit with a lot of people trying out the sport for the first time.

Little Girl Playing BasketballOther outside exhibitors included accessible sail boats, an accessible bus and therapy horses.

The Art Space hosted accessible Aboriginal art created by indigenous artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Lorraine created artwork from old recycled steel material such as bed frames and springs which she then turned into a range of indigenous-styled bags that were accessible for everyone to touch.

If you weren’t able to make the event, it’s not too late to get information about the NDIS to enable you to make your own life choices. To get information, talk to the disability experts at IDEAS on 1800 029 904 or contact them at www.ideas.org.au

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