Seminars & Workshops

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Important Notice

Disability Connect now charges $50 including GST for each professional working in the Disability Sector attending our seminars.  This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit.  We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments.  We are happy to send an invoice at the time of booking. Payment is required prior to attendance.


Chinese Families Autism Support Group meetings – booking is essential

Click here to view details in English and Chinese of our next South Auckland Chinese Families Autism Support Group meeting.


Parents’ Support Group – Everyone is welcome – booking is essential  (Mt Richmond)

Click here to view details of our next  Culturally Diverse Group – All Welcome


Indian Families Social Group – booking is essential  (Otahuhu)

Click here to view details of our next Parent Support Group for Indian community


Education Legal Issues

Families have often voiced questions regarding disability in the education sector. Nan Jensen, who has been running our Trust and Welfare Guardianship seminars and Legal Clinics, specializes in Disability Law and ran seminars on legal issues in education this year.


Individualised Funding (IF) Including Respite Seminars

The Ministry of Health Disability Support Services now include access to Respite (including Carer Support) under Individualised Funding, for eligible families. This creates new, flexible ways of taking a break. This seminar will explore all aspects of Individualised Funding including Respite.


Living Options Seminars

We are now running a brand new seminar giving options on 4 options of living arrangements for a person with a disability.


Planning for Adulthood – The Legal Framework around Disability and Disability Rights – (Previously known as Trust and Welfare Guardianship)

Disability Connect proudly announces our new and expanded seminar ‘Planning for Adulthood – The Legal Framework around Disability and Disability Rights’.   This seminar was previously called Trusts and Welfare Guardianship.  We have added more content and we emphasise this seminar is applicable to the general community, including of course those families dealing with disability.


Sexuality Workshop – for anyone education young people and adults with special needs

Annette Milligan is a sexual health nurse and educator who has a developed a series of resources to support parents and educators teach people with intellectual disabilities about all those intimate things that  can be so hard to deal with.  Topics include: Relationships, dating, asking permission, safety in relationships, how to ask for help, hygiene.  All July and August seminars are now full.


Transition Expo

Transitioning from school life to life in the community can be a daunting prospect. Features Auckland Transition and Vocational Programme Providers as well an array of leisure, recreation, sports and information providers.   August 8th, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt Eden


Transition Seminars

Transitioning from school life to life in the community can be a daunting prospect. As well as giving you information in our Networker Magazine we are also offering seminars for you to attend and get information.


Work & Income Support Seminars

These seminars have been very popular.  They will describe the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability.


Support groups – Disability Connect

Disability Connect offers cultural special support groups to families with children of special needs as part of the CALD service (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Disability Information and Advisory Service) for different ethnic groups. We have a ”Chinese Families Autism Support Group” that runs every third Tuesday of a month in Pakuranga and also a new “Culturally Diverse Support Group” which runs monthly at Mt Richmond School  and a “Indian Families Social Group” held in Otahuhu. We welcome all families with special needs to join the relevant support group. It is a great opportunity for parents to share their experience and network with each other.  Please contact Sanny or Robyn at Disability Connect for more information or bookings, phone 09 526 1298 (DDI) Sanny /09 636 0351 or email or


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