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Inclusive Education Evening Discussion: Becoming a Better Advocate for your Child’s Inclusion

November 7, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Light meal from 5:30pm

Discussion will commence at 6:15pm until 8:30pm

Inclusion in school (and life) does not “just happen”. Some mainstream schools are very welcoming, but getting a genuinely inclusive education and maintaining the inclusive path over the school years requires parents to be skilled and effective advocates.

Most parents find school advocacy challenging! It is common to feel unsure of what you can ask for, and what approach to take if you want change. At times, parents can feel like they have little influence over what is happening with their child’s education. Even when lucky and enjoying a “good year”, there is the question of how to stay on track.

Parents can easily pick up some basic advocacy tips (including the “pitfalls”), but, unfortunately, there is no easy recipe for successful inclusion. It is, however, critical for parents to keep building their own advocacy knowledge and skill.

This interactive session is designed as a sharing of “lessons in advocacy” drawing on the wisdom and experience of families who have successfully advocated for school inclusion.

Experienced parents will share stories and lead discussion on what has worked for their child, what they have learnt from their successes and mistakes, and what it takes to be an effective advocate.

All participants will have the chance to share experiences, and get help and ideas from others.

Who should attend? 

This evening discussion is open to all parents seeking an inclusive education for their child.
It will be a great opportunity for participants to reflect on the year that has been and get focused on what needs to be put in place to finish the school/kindy year well and look forward with optimism to the year ahead.

**RSVP by Monday 31st October 2016 ** Numbers are limited **

Need some assistance with fees?

CRU has some capacity to reduce registration fees and assist with other costs, particularly for people with disability and family members not sponsored by an organisation. Contact CRU for more information.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link – http://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.  Turn right at the lifts to the CRU office.

NB –The building is opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church.

The entrance is via Merivale Street and is the Commercial Entry to the Building. It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side.

Getting here:

Bus the closest bus way is at the Cultural Centre on Melbourne Street. To get to CRU from there turn right into Grey Street – walk along Grey until you reach Peel Street. Turn left at Peel and walk approx 230 m to the corner of Merivale and Peel Sts.

City Cat the city cat terminal closest to CRU is adjacent to QPAC at Southbank. It is approximately 1.2km walk from there.

Train the closest train station is South Brisbane which is on Grey Street opposite QPAC. It is about 600m from there to CRU.

Car Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door.

Parking On street parking in this area is limited. There is some 4hr ($1.60 per hour) ‘on street’ metered parking in Merivale Street and Montague Road.
Manning Street and Boundary Street have 9 hr on street parking (max cost of $8/day ; 7am – 7pm).
Brisbane city council has a metered parking station on the corner of Montague Rd and Cordelia Streets.
GOMA, Art Gallery and Convention Centre have car parks, which are in walking distance.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


  • If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no additional cost.
  • Please advise substitutions in writing so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk and dietary needs are recorded.

Can I update my registration information?


What is the refund policy?

Before RSVP Date –  Full refund received

After 5pm on the RSVP date –  No Refund provided *

*In exceptional circumstances you can apply in writing for a possible refund.


November 7, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Resource Unit Ltd.
07 3844 2211


Community Resource Unit Inc
CRU OFFICESouth Central Commercial Building. Level 2 43 Peel Street (entrance on Merivale St)
South Brisbane, Qld 4101 AU
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