Presenters

This is the page where you can find out who is presenting at Connect-Ability 2021. Check back regularly as we will be updating as we confirm presenters.

Adri Isbister DDG Disability           We are pleased to announce that our very own DDG for Disability, Adri Isbister, will be joining us in Queesntown. Adri will update us on what is happening in the sector and will also Launch our brand new Federation Academy.    
Rick Wallace and Bron Foxx

Rick Wallace is a serial early adopter of new technologies. He’s passionate about using digital technologies to leverage resources, and do things better. 

Bron Foxx is also a bit of a geek when it comes to utilising tech to enhance the smooth running of her Centre in Whakatane.

Together they will present a workshop that is informative and fun and will help you ensure your organisation has 'Connect-Ability!'

Mike Potter Mike Potter has lived experience of Spinal Cord Impairment – T12/L1 - under both MoH and ACC as the result of a Motor Vehicle Accident overseas in 2007.  As CEO of Disability Connect in Auckland he is uniquely placed to consider the role of Disability Information Centres in the lives of people with SCI’s, having volunteered with Spinal Support NZ (formerly TASC) for eight years and participated in peer support provision.
Maria English Maria English is Chief Executive at ImpactLab, an analytics startup that connects decision-makers with the information they can act on so they can grow their social impact and do good, better. As a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, Maria advised senior leaders of public, private and nonprofit organisations on strategy, operations and data governance. Maria has an MBA from Stanford University, where she created an online platform to support children with learning disabilities, and a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge. 
Claire Ryan
What's Love Got To Do with It? Intimate Support Practices within Agencies and Person Directed Funding This workshop presented by Claire Ryan will explore the practices and outcomes for disabled people in the area of intimate support and sexuality. I will examine the impact that supports relating to intimate support can have on a disabled person and explore by engaging in positive and affirming practices can result in disabled people developing positive self image, which can ultimate ensure they have a sex positive view of themselves. This workshop will be interactive and practical and fun! Claire Ryan has worked in the disability sector since 1986. To Be Frank was established in 2007 providing sexuality workshops in the disability sector. She has a wealth of knowledge in the sexuality and disability sector and is considered a leader in this field.
Tracey Fraser

Tracey Fraseer joined the team at Disability Resource Centre – living life connected -  Hawke's Bay in July 2020, at a time when New Zealand was still adjusting to the "new normal", following the level four lock down.

With a focus on communication and engagement with whanau and the wider community, particularly through innovative use of social media platforms, Tracey is passionate about DRC - and the promotion of the independence and personal opportunities for everyone, with the ultimate aim of supporting and empowering them to reach their full potential. The DIAS weekly update is the biggest connector to the wider community and it just keeps getter better.

“every people, everyday places, everyday things”