CRU is pleased to announce two upcoming leadership events – one event is specifically for family members and the second event is open to all.
Family Leadership Weekend event: Moving from Vision to Action
Our Family Leadership Weekend at Boonah is a live-in event for families being held at “The Outlook, Boonah” on the weekend of 29-31 July. This is for family members – parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles etc – indeed it is open to all members of the family (children and young people included).
This weekend is for family members who already have a positive vision and goals for their family member but want to learn more about how they can move from vision to action. This weekend will provide both stories and strategies to piece by piece build a better, richer and more inclusive life for your family member. More information is available on the flyer. As numbers are very limited, families need to apply to attend through by completing an expression of interest form.
As this is a leadership event, we particularly seek applications from families who are committed to not only creating a good life for their family member but want to work for better lives for all people with disability. There is support for regional families to attend and individuals can apply for a place and for this support by completing the EOI Form Family Leadership Weekend 2016.
Unfortunately we cannot allocate a place without a completed EOI form. Applications close Friday 24th June.
If you require assistance to complete the form, or need more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you work with families, please spread the word.
Leadership Forum: Inclusive Lives Inclusive Communities
Our second leadership event will also be very relevant for families but is open to all – people with disability, family members, educators, workers, advocates and allies.
On Monday 22nd August, CRU will host a one day forum Inclusive Lives Inclusive Communities with Canadian leaders on community inclusion, Dr Bruce Uditsky and Dr Anne Hughson from Inclusion Alberta, providing keynote presentations. This event is in the Boulevard Level – Room B3 of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is in the same area that we held our recent conference and the best entrance is the Grey Street entrance – near the ABC studios and the Brisbane Wheel in South Brisbane.
This forum will be of interest to everyone who wants to contribute to building more inclusive schools and/or more inclusive communities. The day is designed to allow participants to take stock of how far we have come – and how far we have yet to go – in pursuing genuinely inclusive lives in our local communities. It will help us reflect on what continues to challenge and elude us in the pursuit of inclusive education and inclusive communities. There will be the chance to reflect on our own failures and successes as well as learning from our international guests. As we stand poised to roll-out the NDIS in Qld, it will provide a timely opportunity to analyse how we can move from the rhetoric of inclusion to genuine community inclusion for all.
The forum will discuss:
- International evidence and examples of success in inclusive education from early childhood through to post-secondary education
- Innovative and successful initiatives in employment, recreation and community living
- Ways self-directed supports can be used to promote inclusive lives
- The crucial role of families in advocating for inclusion and how family leadership can be strengthened
- How we might develop effective partnerships to enable people with disability to take their rightful place as contributing citizens.
Bruce and Anne will be joined by other local speakers, including Glenys Mann, a Qld parent advocate, teacher and PhD candidate/researcher on Inclusive Education Natalie Swayn who is Director of the Autism Hub in the Queensland Department of Education and Training. She has worked as a teacher, advisor and director in the Queensland Department of Education for fifteen years and has a strong interest in systems theory, decision making and school discipline and disability practices. Other local speakers will be announced in the near future.
Cost is $65 for people with disability and family members and $150 for people in paid roles. Registrations are now open via Eventbrite. More information will be distributed in the coming weeks.