A Story Of Inspiration And Hope
Canadian Presenter: Alison Ouellette
Tuesday 7th March 2017
ACT Youth Coalition
46 Clianthus St, O’Connor ACT 2602
Registration fee: $80 (includes a light supper, notes)
What Is Possible In Open Employment
Presenter: Peter Symonds
7th & 8th November 2016
6:30 – 8:30pm
Woden School, 127 Denison St, Deakin ACT (7th November)
ACT Youth Coalition, 46 Clianthus St, O’Connor (8th November)
Cost: FREE (Register below)
If you have been told a day program or an Australian Disability Enterprise is the only option for your son or daughter with a disability, well think again. Come along to hear stories of what is possible in open employment. You will hear about customising job duties, how to ensure the support is right and taking the next step. [Read more…]
Enabling Communities To Include People With Disabilities
Presenter: Jane Sherwin
28th September 2016
5pm – 9pm
If you are a person with a disability who requires financial support to attend the Strengthening Communities conference you may be eligible for a bursary.
DO NOT proceed with booking a ticket through Trybooking.
Applications for a Bursary are for people with a disability and their families who live within the ACT and who are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay for the registration to attend the conference from their own resources.
If you wish to apply for a fee reduction or bursary you need to complete an application form and return it to Imagine More. Once your application has been considered, you will be contacted by Imagine More of our decision. Imagine More must receive your form by 5thAugust, 2016.
Download the Bursary Application Form here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for one.
You must do this prior to purchasing your ticket on Trybooking
Day 1, 9:45am – Keynote
There is no denying the importance of Vision in order to inspire and direct one’s life.
In this keynote address, Janet Klees will speak from her long experiences with families to touch on aspects of Vision that will give yours power and direction. She will speak to Vision’s ability to guide and shape experience, and then the importance of grounding your Vision in principles to keep you on track. As usual, Janet will interweave stories of possibility and offer the outlines of a practical strategy that can act as an engine for your Vision.
Day 1, 10:50am – Keynote
Margaret explains the practical implications for people with disability and families in working in “right relationship” with service providers and community. She will share her experience in changing from an angry defensive parent to working creatively with those who came into her daughter’s life. She will offer some handy tips on how to remain “on top of things” even in the most dire moments. She maintains that if she can do it, anyone can!
Day 1, 11:40am – Concurrent Session 1A
Margaret’s daughter Mena had three circles of support in her life–each with a different task. She will share how these Circles assisted Mena to have a full and inclusive life, even when her life was ending. Margaret has some practical ideas for families that can be used every day to assist their family member with a disability to build important, meaningful relationships over time.
Day 1, 11:40am – Concurrent Session 1B
Deahnne McIntyre OAM, Carl Emmerson and Adrienne Gault
Deahnne McIntyre will share her story of where thoughtful planning prior to her NDIS planning meeting has provided clarity around realising her goals for her future to live a full and meaningful life. NDIS funding has opened up opportunities where equipment and paid support compliments and strengthens her valued roles in her community.
We all want a life full of opportunities and possibilities for our children. Like many recent school leavers, Carl Emmerson is having a gap-year, a year for life-tasting after the narrow focus of school. But the NDIS only provides the funding, we’ve got to find the opportunities for growth and seize them.
In this presentation Carl and his mother, Adrienne Gault, will talk about the strategies we are using to bring new opportunities Carl’s way so that he can explore his interests, find out what is important to him and work towards getting his first job. Carl will also talk about what he has experienced so far.
Day 1, 11:40am – Concurrent Session 1C
This session will outline the main elements to explore when trying to understand why a person is challenging us with their behaviour. It will explain how behaviour is a means of communication and, when viewed in this way, it gives us a new paradigm to explore when trying to understand ‘why does he do that?’. Ann will use stories and share concepts and strategies that may assist the participants to start thinking differently about the person who inspired them to come to this session.
Day 1, 1:30pm – Keynote
“It is not a shortcoming in a Supporter if she does not become a friend after her time with your family member. However, not providing good connections to others, not leaving something good behind when she leaves, and allowing her relationship with them to impede other relationships from developing IS a shortcoming”
With these provocative words, Janet Klees opens her keynote about the essential support roles in individualised lifestyle arrangements. The essential role of the paid supporter is to be a bridge to relationship -a unique role that cannot be performed if the supporter is seen as friend.
A coordinator of such arrangements needs to be a principled thinker, who understands and guides the role of supporter as bridge, and be able to model the effective implementation strategies. She needs to be able to imagine the possibility of natural supports as well as how to shape them.
Day 1, 2:20pm Concurrent Session 2A
Building a context for roles, relationship and places of belonging – Based on 25 years of family-informed practice, this is a practical session, focused on the how-to’s of shaping environments and situations so that there are satisfying outcomes for people – engaging roles where their contributions shine, relationships based on mutual respect and places in one’s community where they truly belong. This session will introduce you to the achievable basics of BCR.