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Choice and control in a time of limited resources – can it be used against the disability community?

Individualised Funding, and similar approaches, allow people more choice and control over their disability supports. Instead of people having to go to providers, who are directly-funded by the government, people control the funds themselves. They can choose what to do with the funds, including shopping around for a provider or hiring support workers themselves. This ...

Matatini and access

Dale Johnson, Tumu Whakarae (Our National Māori Strategic Policy Leader), talks about her experience at a recent Kapa Haka event. Kia Ora koutou, as many of you may have heard, a worldwide Kapa Haka event (Matatini) happened recently in Otautahi (Christchurch). I had the amazing opportunity to attend the event, and not only be amongst ...

When is a subsidy, not a subsidy? Carer Support

Carer Support allows the unpaid carer of a disabled person to take a break. The carer is given a small payment by the government that can either be used to pay someone the carer knows, including some family members, or a formal provider to give temporary support to the disabled person. Sounds pretty simple and, in fact, Carer ...

Inclusive education report, missed opportunity

The Education Review Office has released a new report on inclusive education. The report, which is a follow-up to reports in 2010 and 2013, is called Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Needs in Schools. The Government is heralding the report as evidence of huge progress in inclusive education. The report is interesting, but it ...

When is a cap, not a cap? Education support workers

20/2/15 · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Education

We have been trying to get the Ministry of Education to abandon its funding cap of 15 hour per week for education support workers. Education support workers are the equivalent of teacher aides, but work in early childhood education. On Monday, our Chief Executive, David Matthews, and Canterbury mother, Shannon Alker, went on Radio New Zealand to talk about the funding ...

Facing the future

In this week’s blog David Matthews, Chief Executive of CCS Disability Action, takes a look the future. There are some major challenges ahead, but if we all work together, we can still have a stronger and more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. People often struggle to think long-term. Current issues tend to capture our thinking.  This ...

Knowing when to step back

In our previous blog post on education support workers, Rebecca made some great points about their role. It is important that education support workers support the child in a way that includes the child in the wider education and social life of an early childhood centre. They should not be off in the corner alone ...

A fair start in life – funding for education support workers

In New Zealand, all children between the ages of three and five have the right to 20 hours of funded early childhood education a week. Unfortunately, the full 20 hours is actually not available to all children. Children who need an education support worker to be able to attend early childhood education face limits on ...