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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 ...

The Evidence Based Approach to a Fairer Society

Roger Loveless reflects on the Measuring Accessible Journeys project, MAJ, as he retires from his role as Access Coordinator. When I initially floated the idea that the disability sector, including CCS Disability Action, needed to work within society’s accepted infrastructure asset management systems and apply them to improving access, it was met with considerable scepticism. ...

The Gathering

Tom McAlpine is a 26 year old CCS Disability Action local committee member who resides in Otepoti, Dunedin. In 2013 Tom McAlpine set up his own network Paths Together regarding sexuality and disability issues. “The Gathering,” was an event held from 8-9 March 2016 by CCS Disability Action at  Te Papa Museum, Wellington. People from ...

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 ...