Persons with disabilities – The image of success
A photo exhibition
Host: The Swedish Institute
The experiences from an internationally itinerant exhibition. The name of the exhibition is AccessAbility and it consists of photos of 14 people with different disabilities and their life stories.
Aging and disability – A bike tour in a world of memories
Host: The municipality of Tibro together with Camanio Care and Halmstad University
New technique as an enabler for people with Alzheimer. While biking long lost memories can return.
Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS is an unique international reform of scale and design built on three pillars of an Insurance approach/ choice and control/community and mainstream. It covers all area of significant and likely to be permanent disability, including psychosocial disability and at full scheme will cover approximately 460.000 Australians with a disability.
This stall will include fundamental information such as the NDIS Act, the original Productivity Commission report leading up to the Scheme, scheme resources and materials including many videos, brochures and progress reports. The work with Community Partners in Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood will also be outlined.
Community Connection Inc is a community based organisation based in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. We have been working with people with disabilities and their families for over 25 years.
The organisation is values driven with a strong Social Role Valorization theory base and has always used the 5 Frameworks for Accomplishment model from John O’Brien and Connie Lyle as the template for the work. People with disabilities and their families have control over most aspects of their daily support including choosing their workers, when they will work and what will happen each day.
Community Connection has a linear hierarchical model and is a lead managed organisation. This means that there is a heavy investment in developing workers through in-house training and generally workers are chosen for their skills and values rather than because they have a diploma in disability. Growth and development of all stakeholder – people with disabilities, families, management and workers – is considered to be of high importance.
As a result, many people with very significant disabilities have had the support to move out of home into a place of their own, work in micro-businesses and generally maintain a great lifestyle as Australian citizens and community members. Community Connection Inc does not support congregation of people with disabilities in any form and holds a values statement that is as old as the organisation which is still viewed as highly relevant and current.
The New Zealand disability Support Network (NZDSN)
The New Zealand disability Support Network (NZDSN) is the peak body for disability providers in New Zealand. Our purpose is to lead and influence change that supports inclusive lives. We provide a strong voice and contribution to government on matters of policy, service design and legislation. We promote innovation and quality with providers through an ongoing development programme. NZDSN supports regional networks across the country to enhance communication, information sharing and collaboration. We also have a focus on workforce training through the development of a valued, future focused qualification framework. We collaborate with others on projects and commission work to build the evidence base for policy innovation and to support best/next practice.
“In the future, disabled people and their families will have greater choice and control over their lives and supports, and make more use of natural and universally available supports.”
Enabling Good Lives (EGL) vision statement.
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) is New Zealand’s national centre for mental health, addiction and disability workforce development. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wise Group. Te Pou was established by the Ministry of Health in 2006 to grow the capacity and capability of the mental health sector using research, information and workforce development approaches. In 2010 this role grew to include workforce development for the disability sector when Te Pou set up the inaugural Disability Support Services National Training Coordination Service. This service has been delivered for more than five years through the Disability Workforce Development (DWD) programme. In 2012 Te Pou merged with Matua Raki, the national addiction workforce development centre. Te Pou is now leading workforce development at a national level for the mental health, addiction and disability workforces. These sectors have a combined workforce of more than 30,000 FTEs. Merging operations and expertise across these areas has enabled the leveraging of knowledge and networks to benefit all three sectors. Taking an evidence-based approach means the resources, tools and information we provide draw on the lived experience of consumers, research and clinical expertise. Te Pou is strategically well placed to support the government’s disability system transformation programme, given our national role and neutral position as a workforce development programme and not a service provider.
“Te Pou has capability across mental health; addictions and disability which is a powerful and unique combination internationally… the recent extension of Let’s get real to disability is a very significant asset and extremely well received by the sector in NZ and has international prospects.” (Bartnik, 2014)
Now and Next
Now and Next is a unique, peer-led group program for families of young children who have developmental delays or disabilities. The program supports families to engage in authentic, creative visioning for their child, for their whole family and for themselves. Through interactive group work, families use their vision to set goals, and develop goals into action, in the context of a peer led environment using a strengths based and family leadership approach which is embedded in the field of positive psychology.
The New Zealand government
The New Zealand government is trialling a transformation of the disability support system in the MidCentral District Health Board region from 1 October 2018. The transformed system is about disabled people and their whānau having more control and greater decision making over their lives and support. The new system has been designed by disabled people, whānau, members of the disability sector and officials. A total of $23.84 million NZD has been allocated over two years to continue the demonstrations in Waikato and Christchurch and set up the new system in MidCentral. There will be a ‘try, learn and adjust’ approach taken and changes will be made based on feedback from disabled people and whānau.
CanAssist at the University of Victoria
CanAssist’s mandate is to assist people who have physical or cognitive barriers – whether congenital or acquired – by providing technologies, programs and services that address areas of unmet need. Technologies developed are new innovations that don’t compete with products already available in the marketplace and focus on increasing independence, inclusion and well-being.
CanAssist’s technology development program assists children with special needs, keeps seniors in their homes as long as safely possible, and supports individuals in acquiring jobs, retaining employment and returning to work. CanAssist believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate and contribute.
In its early years, CanAssist focused on responding to requests from individuals in the community. Under Robin’s leadership, CanAssist has also established a strong reputation for forming highly effective partnerships with a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations, developing solutions that address both the needs of the individual client or patient and the priorities and goals of the organization. Robin has also provided leadership by introducing an important new focus for CanAssist, the development of “broad impact” technologies that have the potential to benefit many individuals. These new broad impact technologies are evidenced based and outcome driven. Their introduction is an important step in extending the reach and impact of CanAssist technologies.