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No easy victory; earthquake strengthening and access

A long debate ended recently over accessibility rules. It ended with a partial victory for the disability and access community. It’s a partial victory a lot of people contributed to. It also ended with some questions and lessons for how we advocate and work with government. The biggest lessons are the importance of getting in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Assumptions

5/6/14 · Posted in Accessibility, valuing people

We are all guilt of making assumptions about people. Sometimes assumptions are mostly harmless, other times they can cause serious problems. People often make negative assumptions about people they perceive as different. Have you ever made assumptions about a person because they have an impairment or come from a different ethnicity, religion or income group? ...

Mission impossible

6/3/14 · Posted in Accessibility

We have talked about the Government planning to change the Law so that some buildings undergoing earthquake strengthening can get an exemption from having to meet access rules. With the Earthquake Strengthening Bill now in Parliament, we have had the chance to take a look. It turns out, even if you are not a human ...

The need to vote

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari talks about the importance of voting in local elections. There are many cynical views about democracy. Essentially democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally – either directly or through elected representatives – in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. Sometimes, even when ...

What’s happening to my dream!

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari is back to talk about disability, civil rights and dreams denied. Today marks 50 years since the historical March on Washington where Dr Martin Luther King gave his ““I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was a challenge to the politics of exclusion and segregation. A key part of ...

I am here

In November 2012, we released research into the lived experience of disabled people with high and complex support needs called “I am here” The Article 19 Project – Finding a place for the life stories of disabled people. Our concern was that people with high and complex support needs were at the most risk of ...

Disabled people count

Gerri and Roger have been busy working on a new project. A project that is sure to shake up how we count and respond to people with access needs. You may remember Roger talking about the need for more data. Well, we decided to give the government a hand, by showing them how to do ...