Welcome to the Disability Connect e-bulletin for week beginning 22nd August 2016. Click on the link below to access the e-bulletin and read about:
e-bulletin 22 August 2016 PDF
Feel free to email any interesting news or upcoming events to Disability Connect and we will endeavour to include in our next e-bulletin due to go out the week beginning 5th September 2016.
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Soon to be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley discusses the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children which will be set up from April next year.
Soon-to-be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley admits the chief executive of the Government's new ministry will have a difficult task, but says the former aged-care boss has what it takes - because she has kids.
Grainne Moss has been appointed chief executive to start next month at the new agency 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki'. It will begin operating by April 2017.
At the Vulnerable Children's Hub in Auckland, current Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said she had faith Moss could do the job, addressing opposition criticism she had little experience with children.
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Kia ora tātou
IT’S HERE! New Zealand now has its own FASD Action Plan, launched last night by Hon Peter Dunne. It also comes with a budget of $12 miilion to support it over the first 3 years of implementation. Click here to view the Plan or Read Peter Dunne’s launch speech.
Claire Gyde, Chairperson of FASD-CAN spoke about the Plan from a family’s perspective in an 8.40am interview for RNZ Morning Report.
It is exciting to see the much needed ‘Whole of Government Approach’ has begun to take shape. Thanks to you all for keeping the faith and keeping it real on the front lines to get us this far and to the Ministries and Government who responded to the call! There is a lot of hard work ahead where goodwill and collaboration will be needed more than ever. Bring it on J!!
But wait there’s more…!
As part of its Te Kete Purangi Inclusive Education Guide for Schools, the Ministry of Education yesterday also launched online its much anticipated Guide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Strategies to Support Student http://inclusive.tki.org.nz/
This is such an important step forward. Congratulations for a job well done to all involved!
PLUS PLUS PLUS…! Im pleased to tell you the FASD: Moving Forward Workshop with Jacqueline Pei and Tracy Mastrangelo from Alberta Canada, can now be viewed online. The content is in 3 parts corresponding to the topics covered.
To access click either, PART ONE PART TWO or PART THREE and login using the password FASDFKNZ. Please note at this point the link will not be accessible via websites so you may wish to save them.
Thanks to Fostering Kids for arranging the filming and online links, the HPA for the funding grant and our wonderful, informative and entertaining Canadian guests Tracy and Jacquie.
To access other excellent online resources from our guest speakers visit http://www.engagingalllearners.ca/il/supporting-students-with-fasd/ and https://wrapschools.ca/professionals-without-parachutes/printable-toolkit/
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FASD Action Plan for Aotearoa
After much hard work and deliberation, the Government’s ‘Taking Action on FASD: An Action Plan 2016-2019’ has been signed off and is about to be released. The Ministry of Health led the cross-ministry action plan through the consultation and development phase and the plan will be launched @ Parliament Buildings Wellington on Tuesday 16th August by the Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne.
World FASD Awareness Day on Friday 9th September
Aotearoa has been privileged to be the first country to mark each FASDAY since inception in 1999 @ 9.09 as it makes its way across the different time zones. The symbolism of the ‘9s’ is to recognise the 9 month of pregnancy in which to grow a healthy baby and to advocate for those with FASD – which needs EVERYBODY’s support!
You can download ideas for FASDAY events from www.fasworld.com or http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/
FASD Awareness Day 2016 in Aotearoa
FASD Policy and Research Forum for FASDAY
It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2016 FASD Policy and Research Forum to be held on Friday 9th September hosted in association with the University of Auckland School of Population Health.
Hawkes Bay marks FASDAY
FASD Awareness will be a prominent feature in the foyer of Hastings Hospital from Mon 5th - 9th Sept. People will gather on Friday 9th from 9.00am to acknowledge the moment of reflection @ 9.09am and to hear from former Children’s Commissioner and Paediatrician Dr Russell Wills and caregivers speak about FASD.
At a Brainwave Trust presentation on the 7th September hosted by Alcoholwise Hurinui, a group aimed at alcohol and drug harm prevention in their community, Blue Butterfly Pins and FASD resources will be given away to attendees to mark World FASDAY and raise awareness. If you would like to know more, contact Lois Mcgirr firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for FASD-CAN is help for families
FASD-CAN Inc was established to unite and provide hope for families living with FASD in Aotearoa. Membership is open to professionals with an interest in improving outcomes for FASD. You can support FASD Awareness Day by becoming a member for $30.00 per year, making a donation or offering to be part of local activities in your community. For more information visit the website for details www.fasd-can.org.nz or contact the FASD-CAN secretary Lee Tempest email@example.com
Do you have a FASDAY event you would like others to know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines
Australia launched its much anticipated FASD Diagnostic instrument in May 2016 http://alcoholpregnancy.telethonkids.org.au/australian-fasd-diagnostic-instrument/. The Australian guidelines accord with the Canadian revised guidelines that New Zealand FASD clinical teams have accepted as best practice. Having three Commonwealth countries applying the same assessment process bodes well for accuracy and consistency of FASD diagnosis and outcome.
FASD professional development workshop for Otago/Southland
Another ‘FASD-Informed Practice’ professionals development workshop’ is planned for Dunedin on Nov 3 in association with Mirror Service. The link to the panui can be found on www.fan.org.nz homepage or contact email@example.com for further details or to register.
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Kia ora koutou and welcome to the July edition of the YCAP newsletter.
This month a group of us from the Ministries of Justice, Education and Social Development ventured south from Wellington to meet with people from Ashburton and Christchurch Youth Offending Teams.
There is some great work going on in both places. Ashburton has an advanced draft action plan in place, setting out tangible, realistic, and relevant goals for their community. We also heard about an exciting event they’ve run – you can find out more information below.
Christchurch has finished most of the actions they had in last year’s plan and we had a successful session to start drafting this year’s plan. Thanks for welcoming us down and ka pai!
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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Manukau Institute Technology (Auckland) Courses for young people
Open for September 2016
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Some of the members of a CYF Youth Panel, which advised Social Development Minister Anne Tolley, talk about the care they needed, but often didn't get from CYF. Stuff spoke with Karlee Symonds, Monique Goodhew, Shine Thompson, Tupua Urlich and Zak Quor for the Faces of Innocents project.
They've suffered at the hands of their families, and the state. But the experiences of a group of former "CYF Kids" are helping shape a new system. Stacey Kirk met them for the Faces of Innocents project.