Our annual, full-day Hui this year will be in West Auckland and our theme is ‘Growing up with FASD in Aotearoa’. A fantastic programme is nearly finalised which will have great appeal for both caregivers and professionals. A great venue in Henderson is now finalised!
A series of speakers will address the issues, interventions and supports for each stage of life, from childhood to adult, including the education system, with a combination of presentations from professionals and caregivers on each topic
A voice for individuals with FASD
We've realised that the voices of those with FASD are largely unheard in Aotearoa. Hui 2022 will provide a platform for those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure to develop mutual support networks and for us all to hear from and learn from them, to enable them to articulate their own lived experiences, and to support their voices and advocacy for FASD awareness throughout Aotearoa.
In the morning of the Hui there'll be a fun networking opportunity just for those with FASD to meet, mingle, and share among themselves their life journeys. In the afternoon there will be a session where we hear the voices of our individuals with FASD. There will be also be talks of relevance to this group too – on financial supports, employment, sexuality, transition plans.
In the main hall we will have a range of guest speakers talking about:
FASD in Aotearoa
disability and human rights for people with FASD
the diagnosis process and its value
FASD and education (including the FASD-CAN education survey results, the 5S model in schools - a working model for supporting a child at school and navigating the school system)
financial support available for those with FASD and their caregivers or whānau
sexuality and neurodisability
navigating transition to adulthood
research on professional workforce awareness and understanding of FASD in Aotearoa.
We then have parallel break-out sessions to be confirmed.
The Annual General Meeting of FASD-CAN will be held during the hui. FASD-CAN members and others interested are encouraged to attend – hear what we have been doing and where we are going!
Registration will be via this page by the end of August, so save the date and book your flights and accommodation soon!
Sign up to newsletters, join up or follow FASD-CAN on Facebook to stay updated – the full programme will be notified soon.
1. If you are a member of FASD-CAN, OR an individual with (or suspected to have) FASD, you will be eligible to apply for a travel grant from FASD-CAN if you wish. How much you can apply for will depend on where you are in NZ and funds will be limited to early applicants. Individuals with FASD will be eligible for grants in their own right. Full details will be provided when registration commences.
2. If you are a caregiver or individual with FASD, the hui is free to attend. If you are a professional working with individuals with FASD, there is a small fee of $60 to attend the Hui.
We’d love to see you this spring. All are welcome, nau mai, haere mai!