Deaf View 3
During 8th to 10th March 2013, the New Zealand Deaf community came together at the InterContiental in Wellington, New Zealand for a rare opportunity to learn, think, connect and share ideas over three days.
The first Deaf View conference was held in 1991 and the second held in 2004, both in Auckland. Much has changed since then. The Deaf community had grown and adapted with the many changes happening in New Zealand and internationally.
This Deaf View conference was an opportunity for the New Zealand Deaf community to come together to reflect on their progress, current issues and future directions. It provided a space to discuss the New Zealand Deaf community's journey — including their history, their current challenges their opportunities to ensure a strong New Zealand Deaf community into the future.
The conference theme was "Our changing community".
The exciting conference programme showed the depth and diversity of knowledge, skills and creativity in the Deaf community. There were two international keynote presenters: Colin Allen, World Federation of the Deaf President and Breda Carty, a well-known Deaf history researcher and a lecturer in Special Education.
The conference also included the Deaf Short Film Festival, showing Deaf films produced, directed and acted by members of the New Zealand Deaf community.
- Colin Allen — Equality for Deaf People: How do we get there?
- Breda Carty — Changing concepts of culture and identity: Do Deaf people still have a community?
Deaf community: changing perspectives
- Breda Carty — Deaf history methods (workshop)
- David McKee — Christchurch earthquakes: Deaf experiences (film)
- Della Buzzard and Lachlan Keating — Deaf Community Development (workshop)
- Josje Lelijveld and Joyce Stokell — With or without you: Deaf community diversity and unity
- Joyce Stokell — Senor Citizens issues (panel)
- Lachlan Keating and Della Buzzard — Online asset map: A community development tool
- Megan Mansfield — Interpreting for ages 1985-2012
- Rachel Noble — Exploring leadership in our changing community (workshop)
- Rachel Noble — UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Human Rights – a Deaf New Zealand perspective
- Sonia Pivac — Deaf Clubs: Change from within (panel)
- Sonia Pivac and Dan Hanks — The golden age of technology
- Victoria Manning — Deaf, disabled: Same or different? Together or separate?
- Victoria Manning — The future of our New Zealand Deaf community (panel)
New Zealand Sign Language issues
- David McKee — Community development through language teaching
- Sonia Pivac and Catherine Greenwood — SignDNA: Protecting our visual treasures
- Victoria Manning and Bruce Coleman — Human Rights Commission’s NZSL inquiry
Deaf education issues
- Denise Powell — Deaf students’ issues and challenges within tertiary education: What can we Learn?
- Rachel Coppage — Deaf education panel questions
- Van Asch Deaf Education Centre — Residential Immersion Courses for Mainstream Deaf students
International Deaf perspectives
- Damara Paris and Katrina Miller — Disability law and indigenous populations in the United States of America
- Jacqui Iseli — One of our Pacific neighbours: The Republic of Vanuatu
- Louisa Willoughby — Deaf migrants to Australia
Māori Deaf and indigenous Deaf issues
- Damara Paris and Tony Martin — Indigenous Deaf women
- Kirsten Smiler — Māori Deaf children: Early intervention
- Patrick Thompson — Māori Deaf issues (workshop)
Deaf youth issues
- Daniel Harborne — New Zealand Deaf Youth Games
- Lara Draper — Deaf Youth in New Zealand
- Ursula Thynne — Magnet Youth programme
Special interest Deaf issues
- Celia King — Spiritual mentoring of Deaf people
- Geoff Bridgman and Cat Sainsbury — New Zealand Deaf Mental Health: A risk to life
- Rachel Coppage and Charlie Grimsdale — Deaf Arts Network New Zealand
- Sunshine Prior — Deaf Women’s sexuality experiences
- Zoe Haws and Elinor Cuttiford — Deaf Blindness in Aotearoa
- Colin Allen — Official recognition of NZSL: How to enable Deaf people's language and cultural identity
- Darryl Alexander — Using NZSL with music
- Victoria Lessing — Make it happen!!! Project management
- Joanne Becker — Chair
- Shannon Morris — Admin, social and youth
- Bridget Ferguson — Marketing and exhibitions
- Victoria Manning — Finance and programme
- Sara Pivac Alexander — Design and website
- Rachel McKee — Programme and interpreters
- Mark Berry — Youth and social
- Candice David — Youth and Social
- Elinor Cuttiford — Interpreters
Committee photo (left to right): Victoria Manning, Elinor Cuttiford, Bridget Ferguson, Candice David, Sara Pivac Alexander, Shannon Morris, Joanne Becker and Mark Berry.