Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh. My. Nerves!

Subject: Browns' School prize giving

Hello Di

Thank you for agreeing to be our special guest speaker at our Autistic Unit prize-giving on
28 November 2011 at 08h30.

Please let me have a brief CV and an idea of your ‘topic’ on the day.

Sincerely
HOD Autistic Unit

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Well, here is my brief CV............

Di Maitland is originally from New Zealand.  She met her husband Allan in London and when Allan was due to return to South Africa, she was easily persuaded to make the move with him!  Before starting their family, Di worked as a Grade One Teacher at Altholton Primary School in Durban.


Thomas came along in 1996 and life was easy, however, a few years later Nick was born and they entered the world of special needs.  Due to a lack of school opportunities for their son Nick, Allan and Di founded Kids First and opened their doors in January 2006. 

Di is an active member of the autism community. She gave a presentation ‘Relationship Development Intervention, A Mother’s Experience’ at the February 2010 Autism South Africa, Durban workshop.  An edited version of the presentation was published in Pep Talk, a magazine produced by the Association of Children with Disability, based in Tasmania. The same article was also published in the Autism South Africa Aut Talk.

Di was a member of the Living Experience Panel at the November 2010 Conference, Autism & Development Disabilities: The South African Context. She spoke about her experience of having a child with special needs.

Out of interest, Di is a keen South African rugby supporter EXCEPT when they are playing against New Zealand!

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My topic is 'Creating Connections'............... and that folks, is as far as I have got!!





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9 comments:

  1. Well a title is a start....small steps for mankind :)

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  2. Too true..... and don't forget the two photos!!! :D

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  3. Awesome.
    Now go make those connections... you can wing the rest!

    ;)

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  4. Thanks Valerie, let's hope!!

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  5. My initial reaction was 'eek..how scary!!' but I see from your CV that you've nothing to worry about;-) Hope it goes well for you:-)

    xx Jazzy

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  6. You will inspire just like you always do!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. And Di writes a really sweet blog!

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