National Developmental Educators Week: 23-27 November 2020 Postponed

**DEAI Update Wednesday 18 November: In line with the Premier’s announcement today advising of a six day lockdown being imposed on South Australia as of 12:01am Thursday 19th November 2020, the DEAI 11th Annual General Meeting scheduled for 23rd November is postponed until further notice. As outlined in our constitution, members will be given a minimum of 28 days notice of a rescheduled date for the AGM to take place when restrictions are lifted.
Given that all South Australians, with the exception of essential workers, will be based at home over the next six days, we also have made the decision to unfortunately postpone National DE Week 2020. Although National DE Week 2020 is postponed, if you are in South Australia you may still like to promote our profession using social media with celebrations on pause until National DE Week can be rescheduled. However, if you are in a state or territory that is unaffected by these restrictions we encourage you to promote our profession amongst your networks using resources available on our website.
We will inform you of any updates as they arise through our website and social media. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time, and wish you and your families the very best health.**

Postponed: National Developmental Educators Week

23 – 27 November 2020


The DEAI is excited to launch the 4th National Developmental Educators Week at the Annual General Meeting on 23rd November. We invite you to join with the DEAI, fellow Developmental Educators, disability studies students, work colleagues, and other interested parties to celebrate the Developmental Educator profession. 


Our theme this year is: Human Rights

Human rights protect everyone, including people with disability. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (the UN Disability Convention/UNCRPD) in 2006 when it was recognised that people with disability are often overlooked in human rights discussions. Australia committed to protect and respect the rights in the Convention in 2008. The UN Disability Convention sets out how human rights and freedoms apply to people with disability, including the right to:

  • have the same access as everyone else to the physical environment, transport, information and communications, and other facilities and services
  • live independently and be included in the community
  • equal opportunity and inclusion in education
  • the highest attainable standard of health and access to health and rehabilitation services
  • effective measures to ensure the equal right of people with disability to work, including support for reasonable adjustments to be made to the work environment
  • an adequate standard of living, including access to housing and to assistance with disability expenses where necessary
  • equal recognition before the law and access to justice
  • respect for privacy and family relationships
  • be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • freedom of movement and personal mobility.

DEAI members can access a range of Human Rights resources from the members page on the DEAI website:

We have an exciting competition:

As part of National DE Week 2020, we are giving away 4 DE Week themed bunting made by Mobo Group, that you or your organisation can use to help celebrate National DE Week 2020 commencing 23/11/2020.

To enter: please email the DEAI at with the subject line of ‘Bunting’ by 5pm 08/11/2020. Include in your email a sentence or two detailing why you would like to use the bunting and a postal address. Winners will receive their bunting via post free of charge! We can’t wait to hear from you!

To help you celebrate we have:

  • A tips sheet – use this to help guide your celebrations, share with your organisation and with fellow Developmental Educators
  • National DE Week 2020 flyer – use this flyer to help your organisation, fellow Developmental Educators and interested parties in understanding when National Developmental Educators Week 2020 is
  • Developmental Educator skills profile – a profile outlining the many skills of Developmental Educators; share the diverse and multi-disciplinary skills of our profession with your organisation and interested parties
  • An event poster (editable A4) – invite your organisation and interested parties to your very own National Developmental Educators Week 2020 celebration by using the event poster
  • An email signature – a picture you may wish to include in your email signature to help promote the Developmental Educator profession and celebrate National Developmental Educators Week 2020
  • Campaign logo – a specific logo to help promote the celebration of National Developmental Educators Week 2020


Please share your story of how you celebrated National DE Week – post on your website/social media using #NationalDEWeek2020 and tag the DEAI so we can share your posts too!