12 Nov NZDSN Annual Conference 2019 – CALL FOR PAPERS
The NZDSN Annual Conference 2019 theme is – “Minding the Gaps” – paying attention to the bigger picture
With system transformation now unfolding it is timely to focus on those areas that may need some particular attention. These areas are not just within the disability system design itself, but those aspects of wider public policy development that are critical to successful transformation:
Within the disability system design these include:
- Easy and timely access to independent advocacy
- Establishing supported decision making frameworks for informal and formal contexts
- Ensuring the integrity and fidelity of the Kaituhono (Connector) role is sustained
- Effective support for organisations in times of transition
- Labour market engagement and workforce development that enables the recruitment of a diverse, future focused and sustainable workforce
Within the wider public policy context:
- Sustainable funding models that get us beyond the uncertainties of political and financial cycles
- A legislative and regulatory framework for accessibility
- Affordable and accessible housing
- A step change in employment participation rates
Call for Papers
Concurrent Workshops Streams will be focused on the following topics – each with their own critical questions. We are now calling for abstracts for the following concurrent workshop streams:
- Independent advocacy approaches
For those who only have paid staff in their lives and people who have significant communication challenges it is essential that there is access to independent advocacy – individuals whose sole focus is the best interests of the person. Where will these individuals come from, what arrangements will employ them and how will they be funded and trained? And how will their independent advocacy role be legitimised and safeguarded?
- Supported Decision making models
As an alternative to substitute decision making what are the models and approaches that can provide the basis for effective supported decision making – for everyday decisions as well as bigger life changing decisions? What is needed in the New Zealand context to locate the concept of supported decision making within a legal framework?
- Achieving better employment outcomes (as part of the concurrent Employment Symposium)
Overall employment participation rates of disabled people are not shifting despite decades of effort, particularly for those who experience the most significant barriers. Financial security and the opportunity to contribute is a critical aspect of one’s broader health and well- being. Paid employment plays a significant role in enabling a good life. What are the policy and practice changes needed to create a step change in employment rates, particularly for those who tend not to be taken seriously as potential employees? What are the initiatives and innovations that are contributing to the step change that is needed?
- Person directed living and community options
Personalised and more bespoke approaches to housing are increasingly being demanded by disabled people. Living the life one wants means having real choice about where and with whom you live (if you do want to live with another/others). Along with the opportunity to explore and build a life in a community that is authentically individualised and reflective of one’s family/whanau circumstances, cultural preferences and personal choice. So how do we proceed in the midst of a generational crisis in accessible and affordable housing? What innovations can we bring to bear on housing and living arrangements that can offer people the autonomy they are seeking and the support that is needed? What innovations can we bring to ownership, occupancy and acquiring equity to address the challenges of affordable and accessible housing for disabled people?
- Labour market engagement and workforce development
Our workforce is rapidly aging, is mostly female and lacks cultural diversity. Recruiting a workforce that is younger with more diversity in terms of gender and culture is not going to happen unless we have deliberate labour market engagement strategies. What might these strategies look like and what is already working? The employment participation rate of disabled people in the disability sector is no better than the wider labour market – what are we doing to change this? The qualifications available for support workers and those in, or aspiring to be in, leadership roles need to be more future focused, fit for purpose and with quality delivery that is consistent across providers. Who is doing what to make this happen? What are we doing to ensure that disabled people and family members are supported into leadership and governance roles?
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