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Disability – not the end of the world!

People seem to assume that having a disability is the worst thing in the world and we should be “fixed”. But to be honest, the fact that I get around on four wheels rather than two feet doesn’t faze me all that much. I have a great life, with amazing people to share it with. ...

What I Daniel Blake can teach us about humanising New Zealand’s benefit system

A couple of years ago I had the harrowing experience of seeing I Daniel Blake, an impassioned film by Ken Loach who is, in my opinion, the greatest director of the social realism genre. From Kes, Cathy Come Home to Raining Stones to My Name is Joe; he exposed the brutal, yet warmly unique side ...

Mental Wellbeing and Disability; the Invisible Youth.

    CCS Disability Action’s own National Policy Analyst, Phoebe Eden-Mann reflects on Mental Wellbeing and Disability. Mental Wellbeing and Disability; the Invisible Youth. For years, mental health and wellbeing has been the political hot potato that no one wanted to be responsible for and; knew what to do with once it landed in their ...

Driving with a Disability.

Driving with a Disability. By Roger Loveless For those lucky enough to have the capability, then driving your own vehicle should be a normal transport choice. But is it? Depending on your own disability journey, the options open to you will vary. ACC or health funding? Independent funding available? Full time wheelchair user? Employed or ...

Muddling Through Models of Disability

My name is Phoebe Eden-Mann, and I am coming to the end of my fourth week as the national policy intern, here at CCS Disability Action in Dunedin. It’s been an intense four weeks; a trial by fire if you will. I’ve been exposed to theories and concepts that I’d never even heard of, written ...

Where can I look for support under the new disability system?

To properly take advantage of the new disability support system you need to be informed. Mana Whaikaha, which has been in place in the MidCentral region of the North Island since October 1, 2018, intends to give disabled people and their whānau power in their lives, and control over the support available to them. But to do this ...

Disability support New Zealand: What do the changes mean?

Disability support in New Zealand is changing. From October 1st 2018, a prototype for a system known as Mana Whaikaha has been in operation in the MidCentral region of North Island, one which aims to give disabled people and their whānau greater control over their lives, and the support available to them. However, if you’re used to life ...

Time for a new access law

09.19.2017 · Posted in Accessibility

Nick Svensen, our Policy Analyst, is back to let us know about an exciting campaign to get a new access law. If you haven’t yet heard, accessibility legislation ensuring national standards of accessibility is currently being advocated for by the Access Alliance, of which CCS Disability Action is a member. The proposed Accessibility for New Zealanders Act ...

Politics’ straight from the horse’s mouth!

09.11.2017 · Posted in Election 2017

Nick Svensen, our Policy Analyst, shares his summary on the different political party policies in the lead up to the upcoming election. After encouraging people to self-research parties and policies in my last blog DIY Politics, ironically here I am trying to be the very middleman I warned against trusting! The message of it being better to ...