Valued Lives Offers Sponsorship to Attend a CRU (Community Resource Unit) Event in Queensland

Would you like sponsorship to attend a CRU event in Queensland?

Valued Lives is offering sponsorship for a person or family member with a disability to attend this fabulous CRU event.  

In return for the sponsorship, we’d like you to join us at a Peer Connect Café event to share with your peers, your experience and ideas learned at the event.

About the event
Community Resource Unit Ltd. (CRU) works to inspire, challenge and equip people to embrace ideas and take action so that people living with disability are active contributors to social and economic life.  This year CRU celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and is holding three events to mark three decades on 26th and 27th of October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Valued Lives is offering a sponsorship for a representative from Western Australia to attend this event.

Event 1: Friday 26th October: Workshop, 9am to 4pm

International presenters Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known disability rights advocates. They are modern day storytellers using humour and narrative for social change. Join us for their inspiring workshop, Being Realistic Isn’t Realistic: Discovering Potential, Realising Dreams.

Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they think of themselves as modern day storytellers, using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change. Norman and Emma travel extensively throughout North America and internationally providing training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, behaviour support, and other disability rights issues. Norman and Emma have a book, several journal articles, and three book chapters to their credit. They have also developed ‘Conversations that Matter,’ an online values training platform consisting of over 120 videos featuring the leading voices in community living and disability rights.

In a fast paced, entertaining workshop filled with ‘ah-ha’insights, Norman and Emma will draw on their experience of disability and show how people often get trapped in inefficient habits based on ‘deficit’ ways of thinking about disability. They encourage a view that people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities reflect the diversity of the human community. They contend that what’s needed is not an emphasis on ‘fixing’, remediation and simple ‘awareness’, but instead a focus on the inherent assets and gifts that each person brings to the community. Deep curiosity, the expectation that failure is an important part of learning, and a defiant refusal to be ‘realistic’ can open up new options for people with disabilities. Norman and Emma will bring together ideas about how people with disability can be supported to discover their potential, realise their dreams, and have rich, meaningful lives in community.

Event 2: Friday 26th October: Drinks from 6pm, Dinner from 7pm

Join us for a dinner to celebrate 30 years of CRU. Connect and draw inspiration and strength from remembering, in order to look to the future with hope and optimism.

Event 3: Saturday 27th October: Forum. 9:30am to 3:30pm
This one day forum honours the past through stories and insights from a range of speakers. The day will focus on the outcomes of some of the change strategies CRU has invested in, so we might shape the future and act for change.


Would you like to attend this event ?

Request Assistance from Valued Lives Foundation

The sponsorship will cover:

  • Flights
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation
  • Tickets to the event

You will need to cover your own food, drink, entertainment etc.

If you are interested?

Please complete the attached Expression Of Interest form and send to by Tuesday 18th September.

ExpressionofInterestForm (1)

Successful applicant(s) will be notified by COB 19th September.


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