The Southern Disability Information Advisory Service (DIAS) agreement for the West Coast was signed by Federation President Elinor Stratford and Corrina Gestro-Best, CEO of WestREAP, in Palmerston North this week. The West Coast DIAS service has been provided by two very capable home based Information Consultants but the service needs to grow in response to increased demand. WestREAP are providers of Education and Activity programmes and have extensive networks in the West Coast. Ms Stratford says "We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions they will bring to service provision, particularly in rural and remote areas of the West Coast." West REAP will take over from the 1st of July.
The Federation is pleased to open Registration for its Annual Training Conference.
Register now for this major disability sector training opportunity to be held in Palmerston North 21-22 May 2018.
This Conference is open to anyone with an interest in working together to build inclusive communities using The Three C's: Communicate - Collaborate - Commit.
Full details can be found in the Registration Brochure which can be downloaded HERE
The Federation is pleased to announce that its 2018 Training Conference will be held in Palmerston North 21-22 May. We now invite people to submit proposals to present to our delegates. You can download the Call for Presenters and guidelines HERE. Submissions are open until 28 February 2018.
Disability Connect, a Federation Member Centre in Auckland, have produced some great resources that can be used to benefit and inform disabled people and their families.
Seminars to Order are available nationwide and include the following topics:
- Work and Income Supports in Disability (presented by Vaughan Dodd, Disability Advisor, Work and Income, Ministry of Social Development)
- Individualised Funding including Respite (presented by Lisa Martin, CEO, Disability Connect)
- Transition from School (presented by Lisa Martin, CEO, Disability Connect)
- Living Options (presented by Lisa Martin, CEO, Disability Connect)
- Planning for Adulthood (presented by Nan Jensen, Solicitor)
- Education Legal Issues (presented by Nan Jensen, Solicitor
For further information about Seminars DOWNLOAD HERE
In a new initiative Disability Connect, in collaboration with cultural groups. the Northern Alliance and the Waitemata DHB, have produced a series of translated videos about disability supports. Available in English, simplified Chinese and Korean these videos provide information on everything from Diagnosis to Leaving Home options.
For further information about the Video Resources DOWNLOAD HERE
A new Relationship Agreement between The Federation and NZ NASCA was signed in October. Federation President Elinor Stratford said that it was timely to acknowledge the intersect between Disability Information Advisory Services (DIAS) and Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC). NASCA President Sonia Hawea said that the document shows very clearly the common aims of both organisations in ensuring that consumers are at the heart service provision. Plans for shared activities and regular communication between the two entities are being formulated.
The 32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on April 25-26, 2016, at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu.
The Federation of Disability Information Centres is seeking speakers to present at our 2016 Conference in Queenstown, NZ on the 23-24 May. The theme is “Brave New World – Creating the Future Now”.
Despite the changes to our sector and the uncertainty of contracts and funding, we must challenge ourselves to do everything we can to design a role for our Centres that will take us into the future.
Presenters who can provide delegates with fresh ideas, take away resources and challenge traditional thinking are sought.
For further information please download the Call for Presenters and Proposal Template HERE.
A Wellington hotel company has boosted business by adopting a more inclusive approach to hospitality.
CQ Hotels on Cuba St has nine rooms across two hotels that cater for people with disabilities, and a sign language restaurant complete with braille menus and staff who use New Zealand sign language.
Manawanui InCharge launched major research on Individualised Funding at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 27th August. The research shows very clearly that giving people more control over their government funding brings greater benefits for everyone.