NZDSN Annual Conference 2018 – Newsflash!

NZDSN Annual Conference 2018 – Newsflash!

NZDSN Annual Conference

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April 2018

Te Papa, Wellington

Making Change Real!

Our 2018 conference continues with the theme of change and how we can embed new thinking and innovations as everyday practice. We have a full range of national and international keynote speakers to capture our imagination and challenge us to move in new and exciting directions

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Several key Ministers in our new Government have been approached about their participation

  • Sarah Shulman – CEO of Inwithforward, a Vancouver based social mission business that developed Kudoz. Think Airbnb for real world learning! Kudoz is a learning and participation platform that brokers people with disabilities to novel learning experiences in their community. It addresses the poverty of experiences, expectations and connections. Kudoz is disrupting the stagnation that leads to declining quality of life, greater service dependencies and rising costs. Dr. Sarah Schulman is InWithForward’s Founding Partner, where she facilitates a team of designers, social scientists, and community mobilizers to re-make social services from the ground-up.   Sarah holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA and MA from Stanford University.
  • Douglas Herd – Sydney, Australia. Dougie has held key roles in the campaign that led to the NDIS in Australia and subsequently a position as National Coordinator of NDIS engagement. Dougie will be sharing his insights around NDIS implementation and lessons learnt to date. Inside the NDIS – a disabled person’s perspective.  A key opportunity to learn from the Australian experience as we embark on our own system transformation here in New Zealand.
  • Lorna Sullivan – Brisbane Australia – and soon to be back in New Zealand! Lorna is well known in New Zealand from her extensive contributions through multiple roles in the sector across many years. More recently she has been Director of Disability Services at Uniting Care Community, an NGO of based in Brisbane. She will be sharing with us some of the insights gained as a provider engaging with the NDIS – inside the NDIS – a provider perspective.
  • Sylvana Mahmic – CEO of Plumtree, a family centred NGO for young children 0-8yrs with disability and their families from NSW, Australia. Plumtree has pioneered a number of innovations around peer and family leadership in early intervention including Plan and Do and Now and Next – award winning approaches to planning and support. Sylvana has particular expertise in a whole of family and community approach to early childhood intervention. Sylvana has served on over 15 reference and advisory groups including ministerial appointments. She is currently undertaking post graduate research on individualised support and funding. She has a son who has cerebral palsy and intellectual disability who has been utilising self-managed funding since 2009.
  • System Transformation – there will be a presentation on the latest developments
  • David Savage – Collaborative Leadership. An opportunity to assess your own leadership approach and readiness for change! An interactive plenary session.

More to come!

Speaker Breakfast – once again we will feature a high profile speaker at a standalone breakfast function.

Concurrent Workshop Streams. There will be 2 concurrent sessions with four strands in each: living options; employment; participation and citizenship; and workforce development. Contributions will need to emphasise the conference theme of making change real. Further information and a formal call for papers will be posted on November 27th

NZDSN Awards We will also have our annual awards – more details soon!

Important Dates

  • 15 December – Early bird registration opens
  • 7 February – General registrations
  • 23 February – Conference papers submission deadline
  • 5 March – Final Conference Programme published
  • 12 March – NZDSN awards call for nominations

Click here for all the details

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