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When Emotional Support Becomes Unintended Gaslighting

By Ariel Henley Ariel Henley is a writer from Northern California. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Narratively, The Rumpus, and The Establishment. You can find her on Twitter: @ariel_henley9. Gaslighting is a psychological term ...

International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:00 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, valuing people

Susan Sherrard leads the Disability Action Team in CCS Disability Action Auckland branch. Susan talks about the importance of celebrating disabled women on International Women’s Day. Today is International Women’s Day- A time to celebrate women! The work we do, the lives we live, the leadership we provide and the people that we love, all ...

What is wrong with experts?

Monday, February 20, 2017 4:55 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, valuing people, Voice!

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, takes a look at whether we are valuing expertise wrong. Last year during the Brexit debates, a conservative politician was asked about whether economists supported his stance. His response was that people have had enough of experts (despite being an Oxford graduate and senior Minister himself). He is not ...

Systematic shift needs to target attitudes toward disabled people

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:56 pm · Posted in Accessibility, Disability support reforms, Employment

Mike Pulman is a regular public speaker for various organisations in the disability sector. Mike is also a part time sports reporter for the All Blacks, Chiefs Rugby, and the Blackcaps cricket team. When not busy writing, Mike hosts a weekly talkback radio show. He was the winner of 2016’s Youth with Disability award. I ...

How are we doing with tertiary education?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:52 am · Posted in Education, Employment, valuing people

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, takes us through data on tertiary students with a disability. Christmas is almost here and it came early for me this year. I have discovered a treasure trove of data on tertiary students with a disability (and those that know me know how I like data). If you have ...

How far have we come in the last 12 months?

Mike Pulman is a Communications Coordinator for CCS Disability Action Waikato/BoP and is a regular Public Speaker for various organisations in the disability sector. Mike is also a part time sports reporter for the All Blacks, Chiefs Rugby, and the Blackcaps cricket team. When not busy writing, Mike hosts a weekly talkback radio show. He ...

IDPWD – Celebrating abilities

Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:01 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Independence, Leadership, Social Model of Disability

Chris Bristow is a member of the Northern Region’s disabled staff group, DAA. As 3 December 2016 came to Northland, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disability, the focus will be celebrating abilities. While the day was recognised across the globe, what Whangarei showcased was a vision of what inclusive communities can look ...

Who are you?

Monday, December 5, 2016 3:14 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Independence

Nick Svensen is a policy advisor intern at CCS Disability Action. For many in the disability community, the inability to obtain a driver’s licence leaves them unable to prove their age or identity in a wide array of situations – perhaps something so obvious that it is easily overlooked. As a result, they are forced ...

How many disabled people are there in New Zealand?

Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:29 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Census, Social Model of Disability

A blog from Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A day for celebrating disabled people and the contribution they make to their whānau and communities. So how many people are we celebrating exactly? How many disabled people are ...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 2, 2016 2:19 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Leadership, Social Model of Disability

Susan Sherrard leads the Disability Action Team in CCS Disability Action Auckland branch. We in the Northern Region started celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held on 3rd December, about seven years ago.  We have celebrated the day in a variety of ways – from putting a chocolate and small card ...