NZDSN National Symposium – Transition from School

NZDSN Nations Symposium - Transition from School

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      Transition from School 
      "Frameworks for Better Practice"

      An opportunity to hear about developments from around the country showcasing effective practice and promising approaches.

      Rescheduled to: Wednesday 30th September 2020

      Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre 390 Fenton Street Rotorua

       Indicative programme:
       9:00:  Mihi Whakatau
      09.15: The Art of Transition from School- an Auckland Experience
      The development and activity of the Auckland Transition Team – a successful cross agency collaboration (schools, families and post school providers) that has committed to achieving individualised community participation and employment outcomes. Hear from agency partners how they have collectively negotiated a complex funding and policy landscape. Presented by the Auckland transition team: Marian Galvin, Barbara Mercer, Di Morris, Sarah Hosking, Michael Schneider and David Setiawan.
      10.00: Keynote Address from Hon. Carmel Sepuloni. Minister for Disability Issues
      10.30: Morning Tea
      10.45: The Art of Transition – continuing the Auckland experience
      11.30: Project Search
      An internationally accredited internship programme designed to maximise employment outcomes for disabled school leavers. Established as a collaboration between Canterbury DHB and CCS Disability Action. Presented by Linda Leishman from Canterbury DHB, Tom Callanan from CCS Disability Action and Deanne Rogers (Intern).
      12.00: A family Perspective: “Being Mykal’s Mum” Presenter: Nicky Mayne
      Like most parents, having a child with a disability was Nicky’s first exposure to the complex world of disability and the never ending rollercoaster ride that is parenting a significantly disabled child.  She now also leads a disability organisation and navigates her work and home life through the dual lens of parent and provider.  Nicky is an advocate for social change that will enable good life outcomes for people with disabilities.  She recognises the power of having a vision that brings the natural and formal supports in a person’s life together to pursue the good life.
      12.30: Lunch
      1.30:   Aiming High: Improving Pathways from School for Young Disabled People
      Sharing some examples of positive change for young people and their families through the implementation of the Disability System Transformation prototype in Mid Central (Mana Whaikaha). These examples reflect what we know works to improve pathways  out of school for young people, underpinned by the Enabling Good Lives principles and through taking a strong partnership approach, to ensure that the aspirations of young people and their  families are at the centre. Presenters: Tim McEvoy from Mana Whaikaha and Julie Hook
      2.30:  Afternoon Tea
      2.45: The Disability Employment Action Plan and the Learning Support Action Plan:  What do they say about transition and how should we be responding to these calls for action?
      Claire Stearne and Anne Riley (MSD); Lauren Bell and Matt Frost (Ministry of Education).
      3.45: Summing up
      4pm: Finish

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      Fee: Funding from MSD enables us to offer a subsidised rate of: $150 plus GST
      Exhibitors: There will be space available for organisations to exhibit and showcase products and services. Stands available from $175 plus GST. Contact:

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