Who and what does this involve?

Te Pou maintains strong relationships across the disability sector and engages with key stakeholders to guide our work. This includes people on the autism spectrum, families, specialist services, training providers, advocates, self-advocates, DSS providers, IF employers, NASCs and DHBs.

We are committed to developing resources that will strengthen the support of autistic people as well as providing useful tools to a diverse disability workforce which includes DSS staff, caregivers, whānau and people on the autism spectrum themselves.

Te Pou is currently in the process of developing an autism skills framework which will map out the knowledge and skills required across the disability workforce. This important piece of work, expected to be published later in 2017, would not be possible without the support of the members of our autism reference group.

Autism framework reference group

  • Autism NZ
  • Altogether Autism
  • Children’s Autism Foundation
  • IDEA Community Specialist Services
  • MASH Trust
  • Te Roopu Taurima
  • Manawanui InCharge
  • Careerforce
  • Aspire Trust
  • Gabby Hogg
  • Paula Jessop
  • Wendy Duff
  • Pania Hall
  • Tanea Paterson
  • Sharon Brandford, Independent Disability Consultant
  • John Vogenthaler, Te Pou (chair)