New DIAS Provider for West Coast

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.


Conference Registration Now Open

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Register today!

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

Disability Connect Produces Resources

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

New Agreement with NASCA

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.

Call For Presenters

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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.