Agenda: The Accessibility Awakening

We are excited to welcome back Julie McCrossin to MC our 2022 Conference. Julie will guide us through the thought-provoking and inspiring presentations from the esteemed speakers, providing her insights and experiences throughout the day.

Agenda item  Description    Speaker/s
Welcome and official opening Our Chairman Peter Wilson will start the day along with an official welcome to country. Peter Wilson AM FCPHR, Chairman, Australian Network on Disability
Keynote: Future of Work Reflect on what we have learnt from COVID and how we need to keep moving these learnings forward to ensure that people with disability aren’t left behind in the future of work.

This session will provide insights, practical takeaways and expertise from leaders about the future of work and what this means with inclusion in mind.

Aaron McEwan, VP, Research & Advisory | Research Chair, ReimagineHR APAC | Co-Chair, Collective Abilities Network

Vani Seshadri, Global Program Lead of Disability Inclusion, Accenture

Liz Parkinson, Principal Advisor, Disability, Victorian Public Sector Commission

Event partner: Ai Media Ai Media will share their knowledge and experience in building an accessible community. Ai Media
Keynote: Microsoft’s Sustainable Culture of Accessibility Hear from Microsoft on their accessibility journey and how they are embedding accessibility into the DNA of Microsoft.

This presentation will provide practical takeaways on how to embed accessibility into your culture, how to make it an organisation wide responsibility, why this is important, and the power of Employee Resource Groups in creating this culture of accessibility.

Sponsor Presentation: Max Solutions Max Solutions’ will share accessibility and inclusion of people with disability within their organisation, as well as ways they support their clients. Max Solutions
Panel Discussion: Access and Inclusion Index Hear from members who completed the Access and Inclusion Index including new members and experienced participants.

Find out how each of them use the tool and the different value it provides.

Top tips from AND on embedding accessibility Gain practical takeaways on how to embed accessibility in your organisation at any level of the organisation – the small steps matter.
Event partner: Deaf Connects Our interpreter partner Deaf Connects will share their learnings on accessibility. Deaf Connects
Panel Discussion: Engaging the whole business Hear how Australia Post engaged their middle management to create an organisation inclusive of people with disability. They will share their challenges, successes, and the importance of having an Employee Resource Group.
Sponsor Presentation: Attorney-General’s Department Gain insights from the Attorney-General’s Department on what they have implemented or maintained in the past year, and whether COVID has had an impact in future diversity and inclusion plans. Attorney-General’s Department
Panel Discussion: Importance of people with disability in leadership roles


Inclusion, diversity and equity cannot be met if people with disability are not part of decision making across business. Without Board and Executive representation, businesses are not making informed decisions with true market representation.

This session will discuss the importance of having people with disability in Board and leadership roles and the organisation wide impact that comes from it.

Delegates will gain practical takeaways and examples of Boards successfully getting this change right, and what organisations can do to ensure people with disability are getting these opportunities.

Jane Spring, Chair of NSW Disability Council.

Graeme Innes, Chair of Attitude Foundation, and Board Member of Life Without Barriers and Joblife.

Peter Wilson, Chairman of Australian Network on Disability, Power and Water Corporation, ARCA, Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia, and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Thank you and close


Final words and thank you from MC Julie McCrossin, and our CEO Corene Strauss. Julie McCrossin, MC

Corene Strauss, CEO Australian Network on Disability



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