Northcott’s inclusive practices on show at unique festival

By Luisa Bustos , 13 November 2019 , Comments

Northcott is delighted to be involved in the Festival of Inclusion, a first-of-its-kind conference in Australia that aims to showcase true inclusive practices for people with disability.

Held over two days, the event is presented by the Centre for Disability Studies, an affiliate of Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, and the Inclusive Research Network.

Recognised as an organisation held in high regard for its inclusive practices, Northcott was invited to participate in the festival by the Centre for Disability Studies.

“We’ll be exhibiting on Day Two of the festival, with a stand showcasing our Sexuality and Relationship Service, which is one of Northcott’s more innovative and unique services,” explains Alicia Melita, Northcott’s Relationships and Sexuality Coordinator.

“Information about Northcott’s other services will also be available for people with disability and their support networks who drop by our stand,” Alicia says.

Northcott customer Mohammed Samrah will join Alicia at the Northcott stand to talk about how our Sexuality and Relationship service has supported him to explore relationships and intimacy, and build his confidence.

“I’m looking forward to the festival because it’s important for people to know what is out there for them and to have the information they need to make a proper decision for themselves,” Mohammed says.

“I’m interested in seeing what’s there, what’s different and seeing some new stuff.”

Staff from Northcott services including Housing and Supported Independent Living are also looking forward to attending the presentations and workshops which will cover topics such as Inclusive Governance, Supported Living, Arts Inclusion on Day One; and Drama, Art Making Exercises and Virtual Reality (Day Two) – to name a few sessions.

Marketed as “an interactive celebration and exploration in the area of inclusion,” the festival is for people with disability, their families, carers, support networks, providers and the general public.

For more details about the Festival’s program and to register, visit:

Details: Festival of Inclusion

Dates: 20-21 November

Day One: 12pm-7:30pm – F23 Administration Building, University of Sydney

Day Two: 9:30am-7:30pm – Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park

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Check out Mohammed’s experience about accessing our Sexuality and Relationship Education service.

Alicia and Mohammed also featured in a Tales from Two story.


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