Blog's been quiet for a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy - in fact, far from it.
Here's the last month: First up I was privileged to attend Pac Rim & IASSIDD conferences in Hawaii, at both of which NOVA staff were speaking and where I had been asked to also present on 'Focusonability', NOVA's short film festival.
I won't bore you with the hardship of conference life at Waikiki - someone had to do it. What was really interesting was the opportunity to hear from colleagues from around the world and, based on that experience, I made some judgements about service delivery in Australia: we could do better, but goodness me, we could do worse!
In NSW at least people with disability leaving school and seeking employment have a world class Transition to Work (TTW) program. The State Government has a true champion in this program and the associated Employment Enablement Program (EEP for older participants). Conventioneers from around the world spoke about their attempts on a micro scale to replicate what we have across the whole of New South Wales - a quality transition program that is seamlessly delivering amazing (by world standards) outcomes .
Following Hawaii it was on to New York to meet with our consular staff and then present a film screening of some of the 'Focus' highlights from 2014 for friends and associates of City of New York University (Hunter College) - our audience were appreciative (here's a link to the presentation: http://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/new_york.html and the presentation has stimulated some additional entrants to this years festival.
Speaking of which I was absolutely blown away by a presentation given in Hawaii by Alexandra Duncan, an inspirational Canadian lady who has completely changed the way I see neurodivergent art - best presentation I have heard in ages, bar none (thank you!).
So now, back in business and keen to have a look at the discussion paper on disability employment services that is presently circulating
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