Our 2022 Human Rights conference was a HUGE success!

From a TV star to renowned artist, our conference was packed with inspiring speakers.

March 1, 2023

In December, we hosted the annual Human Rights conference in not one but three states! Across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, keynote speakers and guest speakers shared their lived experiences and spoke about the importance of human rights for people of all abilities.

If you missed the live stream or want to revisit the speeches, view the recording here.

Kicking off in Queensland, artist Tim Sharp and his mother Judy Sharp inspired us to never give up when faced with adversity.

No one can decide your life for you. You have to be yourself, enjoy the little things, and as cliché, as it sounds, all you need is love, said Judy.

There was barely a dry eye in the room as we saw Tim’s bright, joyful and optimistic art shine through the hardships and obstacles the pair have had to overcome.

Speaking of shine, in Sydney, Netflix Star, Chloé Hayden, expressed the importance of finding your eye sparkle and romanticising our lives as fairy tales.

If you have not reached your happily ever after yet, then there are still more chapters to your story, said Chloé Hayden.

She encouraged us to think about Disney movies such as The Lion King, Aladdin and the Hunchback of Notre Dame where the protagonists and their sidekicks refuse to give up hope.

It was a great metaphor and a nice reminder of the amazing Disney soundtracks. Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase…

In Victoria, hope was also a theme that Activist Ben Pettingill touched on during his address. He wants to see the celebrations and conversations that happen around International Day of People with Disability become part of mainstream media.

It is really important that we see with true vision and what I mean by that is seeing all people from the inside out rather than from the outside in, said Ben.

We totally agree with Ben – people are more than the labels given to us by society and it’s important to recognise the talents we have to share.

A massive shout out to our guest speakers David Hunter, James McCoy, Scott Painter, Elisha Matthews and Josh Hose who also shared their inspiring stories.

We hope you enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you again next year!