Skip to main content

National Advocacy Conference

The National Advocacy Conference is an annual event that draws hundreds of delegates from across National Learning Network and RehabCare services across Ireland.

Senator Joan Freeman, guest speaker at the Rehab Group National Advocacy Conference 2019
Senator Joan Freeman addresses the 2019 event

Many of the delegates will have been active advocates in their own centres, colleges and communities. The day-long event offers an opportunity for them to share ideas, success stories, and to make connections.

Each conference opens with addresses from prominent guest speakers. In previous years speakers have included senators Lynne Ruane, Joan Freeman and disability activist Mei Lin Yap.

rehab-speakers-15JPG
National Advocacy Conference, 2019, took place in Dublin's Gibson Hotel

National Learning Network students and people who use RehabCare services also speak to delegates at the event.

The day also sees the election of members to the Regional Advocacy Committees and an open forum for delegates to air their views and concerns.

Attendees at the Rehab Group National Advocacy Conference, 2019
Attendees at the Rehab Group National Advocacy Conference, 2019

Guest speaker, disability advocate Mei Ling Yap at the Rehab Group National Advocacy Conference, 2019
Guest speaker, disability advocate Mei Ling Yap at the Rehab Group National Advocacy Conference, 2019
View of crowd at National Advocacy Conference, Dublin, 2019
A packed National Advocacy Conference hears from delegates about their advocacy efforts