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The Idiot Ward in Kew, the first institution for children with disability in Victoria, finally agreed to change its name in 1927. Is it possible to go from locking up difference in institutions to embracing diversity in the same lifetime? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the biggest social reform since Medicare that will completely transform the lives of people with disability. For real change to occur it requires a dramatic shift in the global response to diversity. Come and join the conversation with Anna about the NDIS, human rights and tackling ableism in Australia.


Anna McCracken fills her days working between Balancing Act3, Social Work, a little bit of furniture building and a lot of cheese. With an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Masters in Human Rights Law, Anna keeps her feet firmly on the ground in practice whilst also working at a high level advocating and influencing social policy. Anna believes a hands-on-approach is the key to lasting systemic change, she believes real change occurs when stakeholders, Government and service providers invest in relationship building at a local level. Anna has spent the last three years supporting service providers, families and stakeholders to prepare for their transition to the NDIS. Anna’s deep love of people, their communities and their stories have made her a highly sought after public speaker, advocate and consultant.

7:00 PM @BellevilleGlobe Alley, Melbourne

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.