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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 ...

The fine art of feedback

Friday, December 2, 2016 10:05 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Independence, Transport

Tim George is a Communications Coordinator intern in the CCS Disability Action Auckland branch. It can be hard to question someone in authority, especially when you feel like they are not treating you fairly. As CCS Disability Action Local Advisory Committee Chair Allyson Hamblett points out, it is important to stand up for yourself when ...

Are the proposals for Special Education really beneficial?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:15 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms, Early Support, Education

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 ...

Familiar, but foreign

Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:42 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Social Model of Disability

Nick Svensen is a policy advisor intern at CCS Disability Action. Nick talks about his first few days at CCS Disability Action. Following 22 years working ‘on’ my disability, I arrive at CCS Disability Action for my first day working ‘in’ disability. I wonder how the two will relate, as last night’s google search “medical ...

Use our voice to create change

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:22 am · Posted in advocacy tips, CCS Disability Action, Independence, Voice!

Michael Pulman is a media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Here he talks about advocacy and why we must use our voice to create change. I recently experienced some of Wellington’s public transport during a stay in our nations’ capital last week. Three buses and two trains later, I ...

The mobility parking permit scheme

Friday, September 2, 2016 11:21 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Mobility parking

BJ Clark QSM is the National Coordinator – Moving Around Communities at CCS Disability Action. Here he talks about our Mobility Parking permits and why some people abuse disability parking spaces. The Mobility Parking Permit scheme is another arrow in the quiver to assist those with mobility impairments to access the community – a process many ...

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 ...