Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Linda Hughes

Linda Hughes will be presenting at the Safeguarding the Future conference. Her presentation is called What happens when I cark it?

Portrait of Linda Hughes and Jacob Hughes

Linda lives and works on Awabakal land in Newcastle. She has a long history as an advocate in the disability sector and has been immersed in the NDIS since its launch in 2013.

Linda is the proud parent of Jacob Hughes, who has a disability. Jacob lives in his own home, which he shares with a housemate. He has a circle of support that helps him with decision-making, thinking, planning, and taking action.

Linda has thought long and hard about planning for the future and safeguarding a good life for Jacob. She shares her ideas and tactics generously with others through speaking and writing.

What happens when I cark it?

For families with a son or daughter with disability, myself included, “what happens when I cark it?” is perhaps our biggest worry. It is what kept me awake at 2:00 am, worrying about my son Jacob.

How will Jacob be able to live a good life? What can I do to ensure he is happy, well, and safe? What is needed for him to have a sense of belonging, to contribute, to be valued and loved? Jacob needs help in many aspects of his life and support to make decisions and enact them. How will his life continue without me?

In what is definitely a “work in progress,” I will share some of our family’s insights and strategies as we plan for a safeguarded future for Jacob. You’ll hear how we started his circle of support, how we supported Jacob in living in his own place with an individualised living arrangement, and what we’re doing now to “hand over the baton.”

About this session

  • Linda will be speaking at 11:45 am on Thursday, 23 May
  • The conference runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024

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About the Safeguarding the Future conference

  • Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
  • Hotel Realm in Canberra
  • Optional networking event on Thursday evening
  • Three pre-conference webinars included in the main conference ticket
  • Pre-conference webinar-only tickets are also available if you can’t attend the main event
  • Flexible pricing is available for people with disability and their families from $0.00 to $225.00
  • People with disability, their families, friends, and allies, support workers, education professionals, health professionals, and everyone interested in safeguarding the future of people with disability are welcome to attend.
  • Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

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