In July, Sarah and Shar travelled to San Diego to the Inclusion Conference, to enjoy 4 days of learning at workshops and lectures, along with exploring San Diego and its shops.
The Team that work with Joel decided that as he really enjoyed walking, he might like to participate in the Te Awamutu 5km Fun Walkathon.
We showed him the brochure and indicated thumbs up or down to him. He replied witha thumbs up, so we put steps in place for him to start training for the event. Joel, with his house mates, Darrell and Allan, trained by walking around the Hamilton Lake, with Dave Schrader, Kenny Kara and I also training in support.
Kate Shaw, the Operations Manager at ConneXu, jointly presented a paper at the Our Place Conference held in Wellington at the end of June. This Conference explored how we connect with each other within our communities, and the importance of every New Zealander having a place within a community in New Zealand. The Conference themes of inclusiveness and the role of community-led action and change relate very strongly to our work at ConneXu, and the direction taken by the Waikato Leadership Group of the Waikato Demonstration of Enabling Good Lives.
Kate Shaw represents Inclusive NZ as a member of the Waikato Leadership Group that heads the Waikato Demonstration of Enabling Good Lives. Kate described the progress of the Waikato Demonstration in the paper she presented at the Our Place Conference. She spoke about the success of co-design in providing improved services for the people we support, focusing on the success of co-design that includes providers, disabled people and their families/whanau. Successful co-design enables disabled people to control their lives, and how their supports look and are purchased.