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CQUni mobility orienteering set to move perspectives for MKW18

Published:29 March 2018

CQUni is collaborating with Melbourne Knowledge Week, Travellers Aid Australia, Guide Dogs Australia and Southern Cross Station to present An Orienteering Experience of Disability: The Ups and Downs of Mobility Dependence.

A unique CQUniversity Melbourne event is set to give participants a new approach to navigating the city, as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018.

An Orienteering Experience of Disability: The Ups and Downs of Mobility Dependence is coordinated by CQUni’s Office of Social Innovation and Occupational Therapy program, and presented with the support of Travellers Aid Australia, Guide Dogs Victoria and Southern Cross Station.

This event invites participants to take in the city's busy and bustling landscape, but with their own sight and mobility purposefully limited, to better understand the barriers, frustrations and opportunities that limited mobility can bring.

CQUni Social Innovation program manager Robin Dick said the event would be engaging, challenging and fun.

“Similar to traditional orienteering, there will be marker points where each group will be completes a task that takes them safely out of their comfort zone, but also reinforces the challenges some people face each day,” he explained.

“The final marker point is an ideation workshop, facilitated by people with lived experience of mobility challenges, and bringing together our participants and other stakeholders from the disability, ageing and design communities.

“We want the orienteering experience to stimulate greater awareness of disability and ageing, but also to motivate greater advocacy for improved environments and services for people with these challenges.”

Student volunteers will also support the event, which includes refreshments and networking opportunities. To volunteer, email Robin Dick at socialinnovation@cqu.edu.au by Friday, 20 April 2018.

It’s the third year CQUni Melbourne has collaborated with Melbourne Knowledge Week, previously hosting public workshops on using data to drive social change, and social innovation design.

Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018, 7 - 13 May, includes horizon-expanding events exploring the innovation, creativity, research and technology that’s shaping our future, and is proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

Book now for An Orienteering Experience of Disability: The Ups and Downs of Mobility Dependence at https://mkw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/events/an-orienteering-experience-of-disability/.

WHAT: An Orienteering Experience of Disability: The Ups and Downs of Mobility Dependence, a Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018 experience

WHEN: Tuesday, 8 May, 1.30pm-6pm

WHERE: CQUniversity Melbourne, Level 1, 120 Spencer St, Melbourne (wheelchair accessible venue)

COST: $10

CQUniversity is a proud provider of accessible education, and a champion of social innovation.

For more information about Office of Social Innovation activities in 2018, visit cqu.edu.au/socialinnovation.