Advocacy and Leadership Across the Public and Private Sector Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria and Leadership Plus is pleased to invite you to hear Mike Adams from the UK Disability Rights Commission talk about leadership and advocacy by people with a disability and particular initiatives that have been undertaken in the UK. When: 7th December 2006, 10am to 12.30pm, Where: Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria, level 3, 380 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Registration: by 3rd December to Samantha Roberts (03) 9281 7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org Registration is free. Please advise at the time of responding if you require a sign interpreter, attendant carer or other support. Program 10.00 Welcome and Introduction - Fiona Smith, Chairperson Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria 10.15 Victoria's response to People with Disability as Advocates and Leaders 'Diversity in Leadership' - James MacIsaac, Director, Seniors and Veterans, Department for Victorian Communities 'Strategies to Encourage Leadership' - Stephen Gianni, Director, Leadership Plus 11am — 12pm International Responses to People with Disability as Advocates and Leaders 'How the UK Disability Rights Commission has encouraged Leadership in the Public and Private Sectors' - Mike Adams, Assistant Director, Delivery & Learning, Disability Rights Commission, UK 12pm — 12.30pm Questions and Discussion 12.30pm Lunch Mike Adams Mike Adams is Assistant Director, Delivery & Learning for the Disability Rights Commission, (DRC) UK. The DRC was established by the British Government with a goal of achieving a society where all people with a disability can participate fully as equal citizens. Mike plays a leading role in taking forward activities concerned with education, employment, health and independent living. He is also responsible for the leadership strategy within the DRC such as conferences for people with a disability to raise leadership aspirations, with follow up forums which seek to provide actual leadership positions for up to 50 people. Mike was previously Director of the National Disability Team with responsibility for supporting higher education institutions to better meet the needs of students with disabilities. He is also former Co-director for the Centre for Research and Policy in Disability and Disability Officer at Coventry University.