Jan Kruger, Day 1 9:10am
Dr Chris Bourke MLA, Day 1 9:30am
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.
Day 1, 2:20pm Concurrent Session 2B
Tom Bevitt and Jane Hadrill
True Practice of Occupational Therapy – People Supported in Socially Valued Roles – Tom Bevitt
In this presentation, Thomas will discuss and challenge the notion of therapy, and workshop with participants how they can make the most out of ‘therapy’ including alternative strategies to utilise therapy time to assist with the development of lifelong socially valued roles.
The Nuts And Bolts Of Directly Employing – Jane Hadrill
In this session you will hear about the nuts and bolts of how to directly employ your supports.
Hadrill Accounting is a registered NDIS Plan Management provider, and has developed a package of step by step instructions which cover all of the requirements as well as the relevant forms. This means that you can concentrate on the most important aspect: finding the right support workers. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly favourable, with users of the pack saying that they now have the knowledge, skills and confidence to directly employ.
Day 1, 2:20pm Concurrent Session 2C
Sheree Henley and Brianna Smith
Becoming A Housemate – Sheree Henley
Beadlemania is the name for a house in the “burbs” of Canberra that was coined by the twenty-something housemates that call it home.
Five people, one cat and three pet rats share Beadlemania: Savannah is studying teaching and works as a nanny; Patrick is studying journalism and works as a head waiter; Ben is studying teaching and works as a learning support assistant.; Michael works at Pickles Auctions and is into cars; Isaac is in year 12 and is working as a delivery man. Isaac has a complex disability and is slowly transitioning to becoming a housemate.
In this session you will hear about how we are working towards Isaac living in his place to call home
- Why we chose the path of Isaac living in an ordinary share house rather than a disability services group home
- How we found and purchased the house
- How we found the housemates
- Why the housemates want to be involved
- How we are preparing the house, the housemates and Isaac for the transition
- How we are nurturing freely given relationships with neighbours
- How we have used the NDIS to enable the transition
- The long term vision for Isaac and where he will live
I Got Out Of The Group Home – Brianna Smith
Brianna will share her story of moving out of a group home into a place of her own.
It seemed impossible at first, living on just over $100 per fortnight…but she did it. Brianna will talk about the obstacles and how she overcame them. This is the first step towards realising her dream of living on a sustainable farm near Canberra. A farm run by solar panels, which has a large garden, a place that provides peace and quiet.