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2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference

It's a wrap!

Thank you to our 2023 speaker line-up which included a diverse array of experts from both New Zealand and abroad, including disabled and neurodiverse individuals, as well as those who have successfully implemented disability inclusion in practice.

Attendees at this year's conference, "Collectively Stronger," embarked on a journey of discovery and exploration, uncovering strategies to support and empower disabled and neurodiverse New Zealanders in their professional paths, and confronting prevailing societal narratives.

The conference delved into innovative approaches to cultivating organisational cultures that wholeheartedly foster a profound sense of belonging for disabled individuals within the workplace.

Yellow banner with purple text reading: NZ Disability Employers' Conference, 2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference, 10-11 August, Auckland. Get your tickets now! Supported by Spark NZ and Chorus.
Round, white tables in a conference room set with purple notebooks, water glasses and a bowl of fidgets and candy in the centre. Screens in the background show the Accessibility Tick logo.
The Spark Conference Room set and ready for attendees to arrive.
A person (Paula Tesoriero) stands on stage presenting to an audience. Behind her are purple seats and a video screen that reads: Themes & Progress in Disability, Paula Tesoriero MNZM.
Paula Tesoriero MNZM from Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People, presenting to an engaged audience of attendees on 'Themes and Progress in Disability'

Thank You to our Sponsors and Supporters

The NZ Disability Employers' Network would like to thank the following sponsors and key partners for their support of the 2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference.

What people have said about the Disability Inclusive Pathways conference

"An incredible experience to be surrounded by so many people willing to work together to create a more accessible Aotearoa!"

"Thanks to you and the team, I for one, (and am sure many others) now have a tank filled to over-flowing with hope, new ideas and "why not" actions to do! "

"Congratulations on a very successful event. Amazing speakers and like-minded individuals who truly are ‘Collectively Stronger'."

"It was my first time attending and I learnt so much and met so many exceptional people. I gained a lot from each and every person that shared. I walk away with actions to contribute to an inclusive world for those with disabilities. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

"Terrific conference - thank you so much New Zealand Disability Employers' Network. Awesome atmosphere of inclusion and possibility."

"Unequivocally the most accessible conference I’ve attended. Hats off to you and the team."

"First time attendee... wow... I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and effort to bring together an amazing conference with relevant content, awesome panels, thought-provoking discussions and superb humans."

"This morning I have met with my General Manager and given her advise on immediate actions we should be taking to make progress in our recruitment spaces."

"So many people in one space, all with the same passions and goals... Being allowed the time to connect, talk, be inspired, gain ideas and to gain hope and to know that they are not lone soldiers (as at times it feels)."

"Fantastic conference! So well organised. I especially loved the enthusiasm, energy, and of course, the down-to-earth lived experiences that came from the heart!"

"Was such a great conference! Thank you for all the effort put in to make it happen. Action plans in progress!"

Speakers, Panellist and Convenors line-up

Our presenters for 2023 featured a diverse blend of experts from both New Zealand and abroad, disabled and neurodiverse people, and people who have excelled at putting advice into practice.

Photo highlights from this years conference

A person (Paula Tesoriero) stands on stage presenting to an audience. Behind her are purple seats and a video screen that reads: Themes & Progress in Disability, Paula Tesoriero MNZM.
Paula Tesoriero MNZM from Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People, presenting to an engaged audience of attendees on 'Themes and Progress in Disability'
A woman (Natasha Colette) standing on stage presenting to the audience at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference. She has blonde hair, and wears glasses. She is signing in NZ Sign Language. Two NZ Sign Language interpreters sit in the front row of the audience, one with a microphone.
Natasha Colette (Deaf Aotearoa) takes the stage, signing in NZ Sign Language at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference. The front-row interpreters amplify inclusivity, bridging the gap with their dedication.
Two people seated on stage, during a panel discussion. They are Joanie Sims and Kirsten Paterson.
Insights on Senior Leadership: Joanie Sims and Kirsten Paterson engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion. Their expertise shines as they unravel strategies for fostering Senior Leadership support for Disability Inclusion in organisations.
Two woman, Shannon and Amy sitting side-by-side on chairs, watching toward the stage. Shannon wears a microphone headset and is interpreting a presentation being given in NZ Sign Language.
Shannon McKenzie and Amy Nash from Wordsworth Interpreting during a presentation at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference 2023.
A Māori man (Jonathan Tautari) standing at a lectern on stage, presenting at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference. Behind him are two large video screens with a presentation slide that reads: Raranga. The traditional art of weaving, a Metaphor for partnership and transformation.
Jonathan Tautari takes the stage at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference, delving into the world of Raranga – the traditional art of weaving, a metaphor for partnership.
A man (Johnathan Darby) in a wheelchair on stage, speaking to an engaged audience.
Johnathan Darby on stage, offers his valuable personal perspectives on his employment journey as a disabled person.
A woman (Katrina Matich with dark shoulder length hair and a bright pink suit jacket, stands on stage sharing her story of employment with conference attendees. Behind her, the video screen reads: Lived Experience Story, Katrina Matich.
Katrina Matich takes the stage to share her employment journey with captivated conference attendees.
Young people seated on stage. They are the Young Neurodiversity Champions Panel at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference. One person with long dark hair (Jas McIntosh) speaking into a hand-held microphone.
Empowering Voices: The Young Neurodiversity Champions Panel takes centre stage at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference, sharing their raw and honest perspectives on transitioning into the workforce as neurodiverse university graduates.
In the background is a wall with many brightly coloured pieces of paper with post-it-notes attached to them. In the foreground, attendees of the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference with their attention toward the front of the room.
Attendees of the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference with their attention toward the front of the room with a backdrop of coloured pieces of paper with post-it-notes attached to them containing outcomes from a workshop session.