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Wed 20 May 2015, 1:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Victoria Bunton

Despite ratifying the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons in 2008, employment opportunities for disabled people in New Zealand are low. The Disabled Persons Assembly Dunedin is running this workshop to support positive social change and promote positive attitudes towards disabled people. With a focus on employment, the day will showcase how small adaptations in the workplace can enable disabled people to overcome barriers and be productive in a wide variety of occupations, including self-employment. Several disabled people will give insights into how they have successfully addressed the challenges of employment, and some local employers with inclusive workplaces will discuss their experiences of working with disabled people, highlighting the benefits gained and describing solutions to overcoming barriers to work.

Local motivational speaker Julie Woods, “that blind woman”, is one of our featured speakers. Julie will demonstrate her famous truffle making, while motivating attendees to think differently about disability. The day will also include an equipment Expo, with demonstrations of the various adaptive technologies available to support disabled people at work. An early evening wine and cheese will wrap up the day and give employers a chance to mingle with speakers and other attendees. New Zealand Sign Language interpreters available.

Enquiries: Chris Ford, 03 476 7579,
Targets: Secondary school students, tertiary students, school leavers, parents, job seekers, employers, people having a careers change and those returning to the workforce

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