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2017 Election Party Response- The United Future Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the United Future Party’s response. We will post the responses as we get them. Employment – our first question What will your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? The United Future Party’s answer: Support a campaign aimed at employers ...

The fight for the future

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, takes a look at whether we are truly prepared for our aging population. Professor Jonathan Boston warned us earlier this year about the perils of ignoring our long-term interests in politics. This is the case with the challenges and opportunities of our aging population. By 2028, Statistics New Zealand ...

Who are you?

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 ...

The fine art of feedback

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 ...

Familiar, but foreign

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 ...

The mobility parking permit scheme

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”?

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

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 ...