Learning and Events Calendar

Imagine Better Learning

The disability sector of Aotearoa NZ has gone through significant change over recent decades, which Imagine Better continues to play an important role in. Imagine Better Learning is one of the strategies we use to assist disabled persons, their whānau, allies, and providers to better understand how to keep ‘a good life’ for the individual as their primary purpose.

Our learning programmes aim to:

• Keep abreast of the latest changes

• Identify implications and opportunities

• Gain insight and learn lessons from others, and

• Filtering national and international best practice

These practices are useful as we plan for and work towards, our individual and collective good lives of today and tomorrow. Imagine Better Learning aims to be an active partner in the ongoing change process, whether you are a person with lived experience, a family member, whānau, a close ally or professional. Our mission is to resource you with the principles, strategies, techniques, methods, knowledge and skills that will support your efforts. Each year Imagine Better Learning works with national and international partners. We listen to the sector and work with others to create workshops, training, events, resources and networks that equip participants with practical tools for implementing their good life.

  • What you always wanted to know about Intellectual Impairment but were never told

    Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 07:30 PM · $20.00 NZD · 91 rsvps · Webinar

    This series provides a powerful tool for any person who loves or supports a person who lives with a learning impairment. 

    It will provide understanding, insight and a wide range of practical tools for you to use.

    One of the most fundamental aspects of supporting people well is understanding ‘who’ they are and ‘how’ they tick.  For all people this is a complex and multi-layered process, however for people with learning challenges this complexity can be significantly increased.  

    This is not due to the person per se, but rather as a result of our limited or unsophisocated understanding of the implications of intellectual impairment / learning disability on individuals, family / whanau, communities and society. 

    This event has been specifically created to assist participants to gain a much deeper understanding of the implications of intellectual impairment for the learner and as a result, their supporters, staff and loved ones. It will cover: 

    • Insight into the daily difficulties that confront people with this impairment 
    • A brief review of how people with intellectual impairment have been treated through history  
    • Some of the misinformed perspectives held by ‘the community’ 
    • Four different perspectives for understanding the needs of people and what supports make sense, &
    • Practical principals and tools for supporting people to succeed and understand. 

    Delivery Approach 

    Please note there is a small fee to access this series of learning. $20 for disabled people, family / whanau and $50 for professionals. 

    To make this content easily available it will be delivered though 

    1. Three x 2-hour pre-recorded online sessions. Once you have registered you’ll receive a unique online access code for the content which will be available from 1 September - 30 September 2021. You can watch (and re-watch) the sessions when and where suits you.

        2. On 6 October 2021 you’ll have access to John Armstrong (the trainer of this material) for a 1.5-hour, live online Q & A session.    This interactive time will enable you to ask any questions and hear the answers to questions asked by others.  

    About the Presenter

    John Armstrong has worked in government, non-government and in consultancy roles since early 70’s and was a member of the Victorian Intellectual Disability Review Panel for eight years. Having been introduced to Social Role Valorisation in the early 80’s, he went on to train and receive recognition as a Senior SRV Trainer and since 1991 he has worked as a self-employed consultant across Australia and New Zealand conducting training, consultancy and evaluation.

    John has a particular interest and provides training and articles related to the factors that promote the welfare of people and reduce the potential for neglect and harm.  He is a regular visitor to Aotearoa NZ where he has taught widely over the past two decades.

    John has a gifting for taking complex and multifaceted concepts, ideas and realities and breaking these into easily digestible segments.