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Is there greener grass across the “Ditch”?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:26 am · Posted in Accessibility, Australia, CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms

David Matthews, CEO of CCS Disability Action, doesn’t think so, and explains why not. A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time in Queensland attending the CRU (Community Resource Unit) Conference entitled “Claiming a Positive Future: The Power of Possibilities” The conference was timed to coincide with the launch of the NDIS ...

Eight years on, the Select Committee report into disability services

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, reports on progress made since the Social Services Select Committee report of 2008. In 2008 there was a major report into services for disabled people. The report was by the Social Services Select Committee, which is a group of Members of Parliament. The Select Committee found that government departments ...

The Complex Job of a Support Worker

In this week’s blog Joy Gunn speaks in support of support workers. Joy Gunn was with CCS Disability Action for three years as Southern Regional Manager and then with National Office for a year as Manager Quality, Innovation and Development. She left CCS Disability Action in May 2016 and lives and now works in Dunedin. ...

Matariki

Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:25 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Matariki, valuing people

Jonathan Tautari and Robert Nathan from CCS Disability Action Northern Region talk about journeys and why we should reflect and draw from others in the way we live today. The night sky containing an immense number of stars guided early Polynesian voyagers to Aotearoa more than 1,000 years ago. Pleiades, also known to Maori as ...

The Evidence Based Approach to a Fairer Society

Roger Loveless reflects on the Measuring Accessible Journeys project, MAJ, as he retires from his role as Access Coordinator. When I initially floated the idea that the disability sector, including CCS Disability Action, needed to work within society’s accepted infrastructure asset management systems and apply them to improving access, it was met with considerable scepticism. ...

Join the Conversation

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:28 am · Posted in Disability Commissioner, Disability support reforms, Uncategorized

CCS Disability Action Team Leader Sue Sherrard explains why she thinks this year’s consultation on the New Zealand’s Disability Action Strategy is worthwhile. As many of you may know the New Zealand Disability Strategy (NZDS) of 2001 is currently being reviewed.  This needs to be seen as an opportunity for disabled people and whānau to ...

Michael Pulman talks about the lack of sexual support for disabled people

Friday, May 13, 2016 11:38 am · Posted in Accessibility, Disability support reforms, Sexuality

Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. A recent discussion about sex and disability on Australian TV further re-enforced that for people with high-needs disabilities, financial and physical assistance is a necessity to put them on an equal playing field. I want to preface this ...

Who supports the Support Worker?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:23 am · Posted in Carer Support, Disability support reforms, Employment, Uncategorized

Michael Pulman looks at support workers. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Service providers face a massive challenge to find support workers that are in the line of work for the long haul. Both in residential services and community home help support, the pay ...

Mike’s thoughts on the education system for disabled people

Friday, April 1, 2016 3:33 pm · Posted in Children, Education, Inclusive education, Uncategorized

Michael Pulman looks at the education system. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Education is a big part of all our lives. It is the first big step out into the world that a child makes, a crucial part of human development and an ...