NZDSN National Symposium Transition from School

Transition from School

“Frameworks for Better Practice”

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

Wednesday 9th September 2020
9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai St. Rotorua

There are still a small number of spaces still available so get in quick


  • 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 Mana Whaikaha and Julie Hook
  • 2.30: Afternoon Tea
  • 2.45: The Disability Employment Action Plan and the Ministry of Education cross ministry approach
    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); Julie Hook (MoE) 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

Family members: Free

Exhibitors: There will be space available for organisations to exhibit and showcase products and services. Stands available from $175 plus GST. Contact: