Ann Smaill

Ann Smaill

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Name: Ann Smaill
Date registered: October 17, 2010

Biography

I am the General Manager of the TalkLink Trust, and also a speech-language therapist. I have been working with people who have complex communication needs for many years.

Latest posts

  1. Draft NZ Disability Strategy — August 3, 2016
  2. National Volunteer Week 2016 — June 21, 2016
  3. Our Superheroes: KiwiChat Camp 2016 — May 3, 2016
  4. Happy New Year 2016 — January 8, 2016
  5. TalkLink Trust Annual General Meeting — November 2, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. KiwiChat Camp — 4 comments
  2. Christchurch Earthquake — 2 comments
  3. Draft NZ Disability Strategy — 2 comments
  4. New Developments with NZ Relay — 1 comment

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Draft NZ Disability Strategy

The draft NZ Disability Strategy is now out: here is the link http://jointheconversation.nz/ We need to provide feedback to this document if we want to ensure that communication is well included. The Disability Strategy is a high level document, and one cannot fault the intent. Highlights for me are around the “whole-of-life approach” and the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/08/03/nz-draft-disability-strategy/

National Volunteer Week 2016

Each year New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to social development, the economy and the environment.

This year, National Volunteer Week is being celebrated between Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th June 2016 and focuses on time through the following two sayings:

Make time – Whai whā
Thanks for making time – Kia ora mō tāu whai whā

TalkLink would like to take this opportunity to recognise our volunteers, people who fit us into their busy schedules. In particular, our hardworking TalkLink Trust Board members who give freely of their time and help us think strategically, in order that we can provide the best possible services.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/06/21/national-volunteer-week-2016/

Our Superheroes: KiwiChat Camp 2016

Lest We Forget I attended one of the most moving ANZAC ceremonies I have ever attended over ANZAC weekend. It was part of TalkLink’s very successful 4th KiwiChat Camp. Reflecting on why the ceremony was so moving, I think it can be summed up in the word “participation”. Whether it was reciting a poem or …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/05/03/our-superheroes-kiwichat-camp-2016/

Happy New Year 2016

As our team gears up for another busy year, it is time to catch up on a few tasks that I had planned to complete last year. One of these was to post the 2014-15 Annual Report in order to share some of the highlights and challenges of the past financial year.  I hope that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/01/08/happy-new-year-2016-2/

TalkLink Trust Annual General Meeting

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    The TalkLink Trust 2015 AGM will be held at 4.30 pm Wednesday December 2 at the TalkLink Trust offices Building 51, Entry 3, Unitec Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland   The AGM is an opportunity to learn about the TalkLink Trust’s work over the past year.   Help us celebrate the International Day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/11/02/talklink-trust-annual-general-meeting/

KiwiChat Group meets Minister Nicky Wagner

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TalkLink recently invited the Disabilities Issues Minister, Nicky Wagner and our Christchurch based TalkLink Trust Board member Sir Gil Simpson along to a KiwiChat Group meeting in Christchurch. University of Canterbury speech-language therapy (SLT) students ran the session which had a “Space” theme. We used stories from Tar Heel Readers http://tarheelreader.org/, watched space videos (we …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/08/19/kiwichat-group-meets-minister-nicky-wagner/

Lusi’s Story

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lusi for many years now. She was one of our founding TalkLink clients and when she showed us her latest Touch Compass production we knew it was important for us to share her inspiring story. You can view Lusi’s video here

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/02/10/lusis-story/

NovaChat – new communication path opens up

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It is very inspiring when families share their journey, explaining how augmentative communication tools and strategies have helped. When Rebekah one of the TalkLink Speech-Language Therapists asked the Bousfield family to share their story, they were very happy to do so explaining that in writing and sharing their story, “we would also like to reach out to other parents who

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/01/14/novachat-new-communication-path-opens-up/

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