Belonging Matters holds a number of events throughout the year to inspire, inform and build the capacity of people with a disability, families, allies, workers and professionals to enable people with disabilities to enjoy personally fulfilling and valued lives in the community. These include seminars, workshops, a bi annual retreat for families and various leadership events.

Upcoming Events and Workshops
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Understanding Intellectual Disability

Featured Presenter

John Armstrong

Session One: Introduction

Date: 26th May 2020, 1pm to 3pm via Zoom

Session Two: Understanding Intellectual Disability

Date: 2nd June 2020, 1pm to 3pm via Zoom

Session Three: Support and Learning Strategies

Date: 9th June 2020, 1pm to 3pm via Zoom

What are these webinars about?

These three webinars introduce participants to many of the main impacts of intellectual disability that will, to some degree, be reflected in the lives of many people with an intellectual disability.  This material is rarely addressed in formal training and gives participants greater insight into the daily difficulties that people with intellectual disability may face. 
You will hear: 

  • A short review of historical responses to people with intellectual disability

  • How others might misunderstand and mistreat people based on ill-informed perspectives

  • Different perspectives for understanding the needs of people with intellectual disability

  • What supports make sense and put people at best advantage

  • Practical principles for supporting people to succeed and understand 

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Life After School

Full Capacity!!!

The Life After School Webinar is now fully booked out. Please email to register on our waiting list.

Featured Presenter

Jan Kruger

Webinar - On Zoom

Date: 23rd June 2020, 10.30am - 12.30pm

What is this webinar about?

Planning for life after school can seem daunting, especially when you have a disability. The options may seem slim and limited, however with vision, preparation and planning it’s possible for young people with a disability to thrive after school. This introductory webinar aims to assist you to plan and prepare for life after school. 

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • What can be done early to build a foundation for adulthood, Creating a clear vision, goals and objectives for life after school,

  • The importance of harnessing gifts, interest, passions and strengths,

  • Exploring inclusive pathways for life after school

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is aimed at carers, family members and friends of students with an intellectual disability and Autism leaving school but is applicable to younger children as a means of long-term preparation or individuals who have left school who are dissatisfied with the traditional options often offered. It will be of interest to those who are interested in exploring inclusive pathways. It will also be of interest to teachers. Everyone is welcome.

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Towards a Better Life SRV Workshop

Featured Presenter

John Armstrong

Date & Venue to be confirmed. In the meantime you can view John Armstrong's Video Presentation on this topic on the Talks That Matter website under Premium Videos

Event Postponed Due To The Corona Virus - For more information please CLICK HERE

This two day event will inspire participants to reflect on the value of obtaining the good things in life and consider how we may support people who may have been marginalised or disadvantaged to have better lives and greater involvement in their communities. This event is designed to assist participants to:

  • Understand social devaluation and its consequences,

  • Learn about Social Role Valorisation as a means of addressing experiences of


  • Strengthen ones’ motivation to counteract devaluation,

  • Clarify the qualities of the good things in life and how they might be facilitated,

  • Understand the importance of valued social roles and how to develop roles that lead to authentic inclusion in one’s community.

Previous Events

To view details of previous Belonging Matters Events click on one of these links:

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