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IDEAS has been running large disability expos for over 20 years. Timing between events varies depending on recognised market need and organisational resources, however generally speaking they take place every second year. 

The IDEAS Expos are multifaceted events designed to appeal, support and assist a vast demographic…from any individual directly or indirectly affected by disability to local and national suppliers, service providers, support groups and all industry professionals alike. Each event is different and reflects both regional culture and current industry updates and opportunities.

It is IDEAS' aim to make a real difference to the lives of people with disability, their families and carers through widening their current vision of choice and opportunity while fostering connection; to industry professionals, the local community, their peers and most importantly themselves. 

PossABLE Expos

The PossABLE Expos provide the opportunity for people with disability, their families and carers to see, hear and try the best options for their life choices. For more information visit: http://possableideasexpo.com/ 

Our next Expo

PossABLE IDEAS Expo 2017

The 2017 PossABLE Expo is taking place on 12th and 13th May at the Albury Entertainment Centre. 

The theme of the event is 'Your Power' and encourages attendees to muscle up, take charge of their future and step into their power to make their own, informed decisions. 

For more information, visit: http://possableideasexpo.com 

Our past expos and events

PossABLE IDEAS EXPO 2015

The 2015 PossABLE IDEAS Expo was held on 24th and 25th July, 2015 at the Penrith Panthers Club. 

The event brought together attendees who were interested in the what, the which and the who of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Power theme enabled attendees to show off their own super powers. 

PossABLE IDEAS EXPO 2014

The PossABLE IDEAS EXPO 2014 - Best in Show was held in Maitland in November 2014. Hot, hot, hot Maitland and Hunter locals came in their thousands to experience this big show!

PossABLE IDEAS EXPO 2013

PossABLE IDEAS EXPO 2013 was held in Newcastle in May 2013. Arguably the biggest disability expo held in Australia. With 4,500 people gaining up to date information about the options available at the one time and under the one roof.

IDEAS Expo 2009 -: Access for All

A comprehensive expo and workshop program was held over two days at the Merimbula RSL Club to celebrate International day for people with disability.

The expo showcased a wide range of exhibitors displaying an extensive variety of products and services that support independence for people with disability which included local service providers and a range of peak organisations supporting people with disability.

IDEAS Expo 2008 - Speak up - Be heard

IDEAS NSW convened a major disability expo in Queanbeyan in May 2008 which attracted over 1200 visitors. The exhibition hall showcased over 40 major providers of disability equipment, services and support while the Queanbeyan Community Centre hosted a variety of workshops for people with disability and professionals working in the disability field.

The Expo itself was held at Queanbeyan Conference Centre on Thursday May 22nd through to Saturday May 24th. The NSW Minister for Disability and Ageing services, Ms Kristina Keneally opened the event after a welcome to the Nganbri Ngunnawal country by Ms Louise Brown. Minister Keneally spoke of the need for access to information about the supports that are available in the regional areas and highlighted the benefits of events such as the IDEAS Expo.

Most visitors to the expo were people with disability and their carers traveling from across the south eastern part of NSW, with some visitors traveling from as far away as Forster on the mid north NSW Coast and Frankston, Victoria.

On display were some interesting products including the Trekinetics Wheelchair - an all-terrain wheelchair and Inekards Flashcards—for children with autism.

Service Providers also supported the event traveling from rural areas into the regional centre of Queanbeyan to access workshops presented by a range of professionals working within the disability sector. Workshops included information on safe sex for people with disability, how to handle complaints and enduring guardianship.

The Altogether Drama Group from  Recreation Illawarra certainly showed us what else can happen on a fishing trip…Their skit called “get your rod out” was enjoyed by all the audience and can be seen on the NSW Family Planning DVD, Love & Kisses.

The highlight of the expo has to be the demonstrations provided by Andrew Meddings, & Matty Brumby on their go karts & motorbikes. This network of people with disability are into extreme sports and in an extreme way. The crowd on hand thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrations provided on the day. Maybe the next expo for IDEAS will be an extreme sports expo!

IDEAS Expo 2006 - Silver Jubilee

Held at the Mirambeena Centre in Lavington, Albury the IDEAS Expo Silver Jubilee 2006 was a wonderful way to celebrate International Day of People with Disability over two days.

The United Nations theme for 2006 International Day of People with a Disability was E-Accessibility. Many of the exhibitors at the expo provided products to assist in accessing technology. Two of the workshops focused on computer access for all.

Over the two day period, 1,500 visitors had the opportunity to see a showcase of technology, equipment and services that are available to them. Wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment to assist with modifications were on display, daily living aids, vision aids, sign language and much more.

The festive atmosphere was evident, with workshops running and wonderful entertainment by the local special schools. This made for a busy and entertaining couple of days.

IDEAS Expo 2004 - On Common Ground

Held in September 2004 in Dubbo and including eighty exhibitors - forty workshops - world-class entertainment - a large dinner - two and a half thousand visitors ... that only scratches the surface of the success that was IDEAS Expo 2004 "On Common Ground".

The 2004 Expo became known as "On Common Ground", reflecting its geographical location and the desire to ensure inclusion of aboriginal and torres strait island culture and rural disability issues. Exhibitors and guests came from across the state, not only from the Central West, but as far a field as the North, South and Central coasts, the Riverina, Illawarra and the ACT.

Special guest performers at the expo included Australian entertainment legend Jimmy Little, Ame Barnebrook and the boys from Reclink.

IDEAS Expo 2002 - Innovations for the New Millenium

Held in Albury, this expo was convened over two days in May and showcased technology for the new millenium and equipment to visitors. Special guest speaker was paralympian skier Michael Milton, who spoke about his experiences. Michael was an inspiring speaker. The Hon Tim Fischer opened the expo for us, launching the new IDEAS website at the time. Over 2,000 people visited the expo and attended workshops.

IDEAS Expo 1999 - New Beginnings

Held in Albury over 3 days in May. Our honorary guest paralympian Priya Cooper, entertained us with her stories and medals.

IDEAS Expo 1996 - Push for the Bush

Held in Albury alongside the Acquired Brain Injury Conference - A Rural Perspective.

IDEAS EXPO 1994 – Opening More Doors

Held over two days in September at the Albury Convention Centre. The event showcased services and equipment available to people with disability.

IDEAS EXPO 1992 – Opening Doors

Held over two days in September at the Albury Convention Centre. The event showcased services and equipment available to people with disability.

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1800 029904
expo@ideas.org.au

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