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Disability support for conferences

The Federal Government will spend $313,000 to help people with disability take part in conferences across the country.

Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to 33 organisations under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI).

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, said the initiative is an example of the Australian Government’s aim to create inclusive and accessible communities.

“The National Disability Conference Initiative grants will assist people with disability to participate in conferences about important issues affecting their social participation and overall wellbeing,” Mrs Prentice said.

The grants can be used to assist with the costs of conference fees, accommodation and domestic travel for people with disability and their carers.

Services such as Auslan interpreters live captioning services, hearing loops, note-takers for people who are deaf and hearing impaired, and conference materials in a range of alternative formats such as Braille or larger font can also be covered.

The National Disability Conference Initiative also promotes the principles of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

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