Presenters (left to right): David King, Olivia Bovey, Kayla le Gros, William Luskie


On the 16-17 September professionals working in the learning (intellectual) disability sector came from all over New Zealand, Australia and further to attend the 2015 NZ ASID Conference.  The conference was held in Dunedin and the theme was “Putting it all together”: Connecting people, ideas and communities.


Rosemary Scully, People First life member and recipient of the Leona Gitmans Te Aranga Award for Self-Advocacy, welcomed participants in the opening ceremony with a speech entitled ‘My life as a researcher’.


4 members of People First New Zealand – all people with learning disability – presented at the conference about the organisation’s educational arm ‘Learn With Us’.  National Manager Cindy Johns said “this fit well with the theme of the conference as Learn With Us courses often involve partnerships with people and groups from outside the organisation.”  In the Speaking Up course (an introduction to self-advocacy), guest speakers from places like the National Health and Disability Advocacy Service, the Police, unions and other Disabled Persons Organisations are an important and well-liked part of the course. The recently launched Money Smarts Made Easy course was also an example of the power of working together – created in partnership with Massey University’s Westpac Fin-Ed Centre and drawing on the expertise of both organisations.


After the presentation there were further questions about the Money Smarts Made Easy course, showing that interest in this topic remains high.  People First Southern Regional President David King said of the experience “(the) conference (was) really good.  It opened up my mind and gave me lots of things to think about.”


People First NZ would like to thank NZ ASID for supporting People First to attend.


The presentation can be downloaded from here under ‘Presentations’