Please find attached an invitation to the 2016 Neurodisabilities Forum in Wellington next week – Thursday 12 May. The event will be opened by Minister for Disability Issues Hon. Nicky Wagner, with keynote addresses by Principal Youth Court and incoming Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft, and Chair of the NZ Institute for Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Rose Blackett.
This is a critical event, at a crucial time. With Youth Court age proposals currently before Cabinet, this is a historic opportunity to explore how neurodisabilities create vulnerability when they come into contact with the justice system, evidenced by the gross over-representation of neurodisabilities in NZ court and prison statistics.
As a key stakeholder in the neurodisablities sector, we hope that you or a representative will be able to take up this important opportunity to discuss neurodisabilities, youth justice and wider justice reform. The invitation list includes Justice Department representatives, NGOs, Ministries, Police and academics.
During this morning event:
* Judge Andrew Becroft will set out WHAT the issues are and their impact - 'The View from the Bench'
* Rose Blackett will provide insights as to WHY those with neuro-differences are vulnerable
* You will have the opportunity to participate in discussing HOW this situation could be improved
You can read more about the Forum background below. Dyslexia Foundation of NZ is proud to host this event, and we look forward to seeing you at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington!
Please share this invite with those that you feel would have an interest in this event. Short notice and an early 8am start I know, but a small effort now by us all will make a big difference for those we care about.
The event schedule is in the attached invitation. RSVP by Monday 9th please as numbers are strictly limited. Simply reply to this email with your name, organisation, and a contact phone number.
021 243 0741021 243 0741
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