Disability Events outside of Auckland

ACC Paralymics New Zealand Open Days
An introduction to self and peer advocacy for disabled people and their families
Champion your needs
Hands on Autism Workshop Hamilton
Bay of Plenty hosts FASD workshop with Dr McGinn
Let’s talk: our communities, our health
Renew, Connect and Reflect Workshop
Show your Ability 2018
Support Parent Training
SibsupportNZ – Sibshops

ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Days
You, your whānau, family and carers are warmly invited to the ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Day – a day for people of all abilities. An Open Day is way you can find out about Para sport opportunities in your area, get amongst the action and meet a Paralympian. You’ll also have a chance to chat with Para athletes and coaches and find out how you can get involved. A variety of Para sports will be included at each event such as Wheelchair Basketball, Para cycling, Boccia, Para athletics, and there’ll be lots more to see and do. ACC and Paralympics New Zealand want to support and encourage New Zealanders with disabilities, their families and support people to get involved in Para sport. The Open Days are free to attend, whether you’re a coach, volunteer, spectator, play for fun, or aim to become a Paralympic superstar! To find out more about the Open Days and what’s involved visit our event page on Facebook. 25th March – Tauranga, Early April – Dunedin

An introduction to self and peer advocacy for disabled people and their families:
Your rights, and how to access them – Disabled people and their families have more rights to quality support and inclusion than ever before. Yet to put these into effect people need to know their rights, confidently speak up so their views are heard and taken seriously. This three session course is interactive, with participants working in small groups. In the afternoons, new learning and skills are applied, using scenarios based on issues commonly facing disabled people and their families. Topics: Self-advocacy -Information on rights and complaints processes, Assertion: confidently communicating with people in positions of power, Recognising stressors and emotional needs: self-care and support, Planning: setting goals, choosing strategies and preparing for meetings, Keeping records, Peer-advocacy (disabled people/families supporting one another) An empowerment model of peer advocacy, The importance of confidentiality and mandate, Accepting others perspectives (cultural safety), Supporting others to make informed choices , Communication skills, Cultural difference in communication styles, Listening skills, Supporting people’s emotional needs,. This training was developed and is facilitated by Ruth Gerzon, of Inclusion Aotearoa. M. Phil; Dip Soc Wk; Dip Tchg. I have worked in the disability sector and as an advocate for over 30 years. I am passionate about promoting the voices and rights of people who are marginalised, and exploring community building approaches to social inclusion. I have produced many resources, both personal stories by disabled people and families and video clips on rights. Inclusion Aotearoa supported the Ministry of Health (2010-14) in the Bay of Plenty demonstration project that preceded Enabling Good Lives. Click here for the flier and for more details see: www.inclusionaotearoa.com

Champion your needs
If you would like to learn more about how to be a champion for your own children, then this course is for you. It will teach you how to plan for, raise issues at and negotiate during meetings. The course covers active listening and questioning skills, negotiating, planning, and challenging assumptions. You will offered the chance to become a Support Parent, where you can be the listening ear and share your experience and knowledge to families new to the world of disability. Taranaki, 24-25th March, for more information click here.

Hands on Autism Hamilton
Click here to view the flier. A full day workshop for all who are living or working with a young person on the Autism Spectrum. This workshop will provide practical tools and strategies that you can easily implement in the home, school and wider community. Topics include – Guide to Autism, Strategies for Behaviour, Sensory Issues, Dealing with Anxiety. Saturday 24th March 2018, 9am-4pm The Line, Corner River Road and Te Aroha St, Hamilton Free for families and carers (kindly supported by Disability Connect and Te Pou) $175 + GST per ticket per professional, lunch included please register online at www.autism.org.nz or 09 415 7406

Bay of Plenty hosts FASD workshop with Dr McGinn
Alcohol Healthwatch and the Bay of Plenty DHB Community Health 4 Kids invite you to a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder workshop on Thursday 15th February 2018 in Tauranga with Dr Valerie McGinn, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa. Click to view the Panui or Email Maria.Hart@bopdhb.govt.nz for further information.

Let’s talk: our communities, our health
8 & 9 March 2018, Click here to register. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. How can we all improve the quality and safety of our health system? What does it really mean to co-design health services? How patients, consumers, families and whānau are actively involved in decision-making about health services and does it make a difference? Communication and health: how are we doing in New Zealand? Who should attend this interactive two-day forum? – People who: use health and disability services, deliver health and disability services, create and influence policy about health and disability services, provide education and training about health and disability services, are interested in improving our health care system. . Both days will be a blend of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and workshops. An informal social gathering at the end of day one will be a great networking opportunity and a chance to enjoy the entertainment provided. Keynote speakers. Janine Shepherd Australian author, aerobatics pilot and former cross-country skier and Jake Bailey Author and young cancer survivor – One-day pass $140, Two-day pass $350 We will consider subsidised rates on a case-by- case basis. Email jess.bilton@hqsc.govt.nz for more information. All prices exclude GST.  Register here

Renew, Connect and Reflect Workshop
The Renew, Connect and Reflect workshop is a day where you are the focus. This workshop will help you on your parenting journey, providing renewed energy, new connections, and new ideas. Workshop topics include growing your support networks, building a resilient family, coping with stress and understanding the effect of grief. It is a great opportunity to reflect on how far you have come and connect with other parents in your area.  Click here to register – Tauranga 14th February, Ashburton 24th March

Show your Ability 2018
View the flier here – Hamilton, Claudelands Event Centre, Thursday 1st March, 9am-3pm, Palmerston North, Central Energy Trust Arena, Friday 2nd March, 9am-3pm, Christchurch, Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre, Monday March 5th, 9am-2pm, Dunedin, Edgar Stadium, Tuesday 6th March 9am-1pm

Support Parent Training
This course is for those of you who would like to provide support to others through the Parent to Parent network. The course looks at the way we communicate and how we can improve the support we provide to others. Active listening and other communication skills are practiced in a supportive environment, providing you with the opportunity to consider your ability to support others in similar circumstances. There are plenty of opportunities to practice and to gain confidence in this volunteer role. At the conclusion of the training, you are able to become volunteer Support Parents – Support Parents provide support to families contacting Parent to Parent. Coastal Bay of Plenty. 19-20th May, to register click here

SibsupportNZ – Sibshops
The SibSupportNZ programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities. The programme gives children the chance to form their own support networks by making friends with children who are in similar situations as well as having a fun time away from the day-to-day stresses of family life. Common issues faced by children with brothers and sisters with a disability or health impairment include, isolation, resentment, embarrassment, guilt, feelings of neglect, a pressure to achieve and worries about the future. SibSupportNZ programmes are run by siblings, for siblings.  Register here Waikato (Sibcamp), 16-18th March, GTR Canterbury (Sibcamp) 6-8th April, CBOP, 7th April

 

 

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