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  1. David Slone

    David Slone

    02/11/2016
    We need to trust more and give opportunities! Please help to open the doors…….
    David Slone
    Trust and Opportunity
    opticynic.wordpress.com Once again I witnessed how much leadership and employment potential there is within the group often referred to as “clients” While away with a Special Olympics team, I asked one of the...
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  2. David Slone

    David Slone

    26/10/2016
    Seclusion rooms in adult services, ‘time out’ rooms in schools and a review of special education are all active discussions at the moment.

    Sometimes the discussions aren’t pretty and sometimes they’re about awful things but I have to say, at least we’re talking about them!

    Facebook groups and a reporter who is spending some time on disability issues, whatever the medium, we need things out in the open and we need robust debate about the way forward.

    Personally I feel that for too long, external feedback and commentary has just been paid lip service. Providers, long established groups and policy makers have become too good at being the ‘experts’, driving our conversations.

    We need new voices, new ideas and new debates!!!
    David Slone
    At last we’re talking
    opticynic.wordpress.com Seclusion rooms in adult services, ‘time out’ rooms in schools and a review of special education are all active discussions at the moment. Sometimes the discussions aren’t pretty...
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  3. David Slone

    David Slone

    17/10/2016
    My views on the so called time out rooms that are surprisingly being used in a few schools in NZ
    David Slone
    Those rooms….
    opticynic.wordpress.com With attention mounting on ‘time out’ rooms in schools, I thought I’d add my two cents worth. It’s easy to be critical about what schools do and how funding is prioritised. In fact it’s extremely...
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  4. David Slone

    David Slone

    12/10/2016
    Us 'oldies' often bemoan the loss of values in the young - but we're wrong. Very wrong. I love to share stories of young people who have amazing values .......
    David Slone
    An Incredible Young Lady
    opticynic.wordpress.com “Every single person I encountered shaped my year to be the way it was and I am eternally grateful to the gorgeous Rainbow Nation and all of its people for giving me the best year of my...
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  5. David Slone

    David Slone

    13/09/2016
    "My Aspiration is the Demise of your Organisation – a challenge to disability support organisations in New Zealand" is a short publication that sets out to disrupt some current thinking. We need to question what we do and how we do it. I don’t provide any answers but what we have now isn’t good enough so we need to accept that and start looking for new solutions. I’m hoping that a new world may begin with two little questions ……..
    https://opticynic.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/challenging-disability-support-organisations-in-nz.pdf
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  6. ProducerDavid Slone

    David Slone

    25/08/2016
    Having the hard discussions
    Having the hard discussionsI feel that the current debate in New Zealand around the changes in special education highlights a problem we seem to have when it comes to difficult conversations.Our default position is that the pie needs to be bigger and this point of view over...
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  7. David Slone

    David Slone

    01/08/2016
    People often ask parents of children with disabilities ‘how do you cope?’ Well the answer is quite simply ‘you just do’.

    You cope.......

    Unless......
    David Slone
    How do you cope?
    opticynic.wordpress.com People often ask parents of children with disabilities ‘how do you cope?’ Well the answer is quite simply ‘you just do’. I’m sure this is the same for parents of kids with health issues, mental...
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  8. David Slone

    David Slone

    21/07/2016
    Yes we have much more to do - but everyone involved in Special Olympics (coaches, athletes, volunteers and supporters) should be really proud of the difference they have made to our world
    David Slone
    Be Proud Special Olympics
    opticynic.wordpress.com 20 July marks the anniversary of the first-ever Special Olympics Games held 48 years ago in Chicago, USA.  On that day, then Mayor Daley turned to the Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and said,...
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  9. David Slone

    David Slone

    13/05/2016
    First off – let be clear. This is not a comment about a specific service provider. I don’t intend this blog to be a vehicle for me to whine about services I’m personally involved with – but what I see across varies organistions is 100% mirrored nationwide so I see things more as case studies

    The sector still talks about qualifications as a significant way to increase the quality of support and to attract and retain great staff.

    Sorry – this is bollocks!

    What qualification teaches staff that turning up on time is actually quite important?

    If you leave your shift early and don’t consider the fact that the people you support are thus left without support to cook their dinner, which paper will make you more aware?

    If a client goes on regular holidays and you don’t get paid when they’re away, which course do you take to make your finances balance?

    If, even after 10 years, you can see your school leaver daughter earn $2.00 an hour more than you as an untrained person in a retail shop, do you think the qualification will make you feel truly valued?

    Yes professional staff are important, yes their value needs to be recognized and yes it will help if they’re seen to be qualified – but come on guys, there’s some very fundamental problems happening and we need a braver approach than just introducing academic papers.
    David Slone
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    David Slone
    13/05/2016 #1 David Slone
    First off – let be clear. This is not a comment about a specific service provider. I don’t intend this blog to be a vehicle for me to whine about services I’m personally involved with – but what I see across varies organistions is 100% mirrored nationwide so I see things more as case studies.

    The sector still talks about qualifications as a significant way to increase the quality of support and to attract and retain great staff.

    Sorry – this is bollocks!

    What qualification teaches staff that turning up on time is actually quite important?

    If you leave your shift early and don’t consider the fact that the people you support are thus left without support to cook their dinner, which paper will make you more aware?

    If a client goes on regular holidays and you don’t get paid when they’re away, which course do you take to make your finances balance?

    If, even after 10 years, you can see your school leaver daughter earn $2.00 an hour more than you as an untrained person in a retail shop, do you think the qualification will make you feel truly valued?

    Yes professional staff are important, yes their value needs to be recognized and yes it will help if they’re seen to be qualified – but come on guys, there’s some very fundamental problems happening and we need a braver approach than just introducing academic papers.
  10. David Slone

    David Slone

    19/04/2016
    Action and commitment is where we need to step things up. We try and collaborate, we talk, we share, we have joint committees but these don’t work unless you take bold action and your commitment is verging on extreme passion.
    David Slone
    I like the sound of this guy ….
    opticynic.wordpress.com Paul Gibson, Disability Rights Commissioner (Human Rights Commission) has come out with some bold and assertive statements around the CYF review. This is what we need – leaders who aren’t afraid...
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