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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 ...

Beyond awareness

Disability rights activist Robyn Hunt recently did a great blog about awareness campaigns. She stated that it was time to go beyond just trying to generate awareness. She noted that there have been countless awareness campaigns and that disabled people are estimated to make up 24 per cent of the population. People should be aware ...

Same challenges – different place?

28/10/15 · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Employment

With government reforms of the disability sector, understandably taking some time to move from demonstrations to design and implementation is it time for more organisations and leaders in the disability sector to make bold changes themselves? I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with other leaders in the disability and mental health sectors ...

If you tolerate this….

In previous research, disabled people have said that the biggest barrier to finding a job is not getting an interview. People thought this was due to them saying they had an impairment. Clint talked about this in his blog. A person in the research said: “Only interviews I have had are the ones where I ...

Welfare Reform; Real change or tilting at windmills?

We have been a little quiet on welfare reform recently, apart from a release on Allowances last week. This is because we have been carefully watching and analysing the changes. The recent reforms are significant, but perhaps not as much as first thought. Changing names and bringing in work obligations will not get more people ...

Accessible and affordable housing

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari returns to talk about the importance of accessible and affordable housing and the cost of exclusion. In recent years, the price of housing has become a real source of concern. For most of the 90’s and 00’s house prices increased faster than inflation. As a result housing ownership is declining ...

Not willing or discrimination, disability and unemployment

We have already talked about welfare reform here and in the United Kingdom and heard people’s first hand experience of finding employment. We thought it might be time to look at the wider issues around disability, unemployment and welfare reform. There are two different ways to look at what causes unemployment; labour demand or labour ...

Why a disabled staff group matters to us

The CCS Disability Action National Disabled Staff Leadership Team talks about the importance of disabled staff leadership to the organisation. Within our organisation, we have a National Disabled Staff Leadership Team (NDSLT).  There are six regional coordinators, one for each region, and there is one based in our National Office. The team is under the ...

New creative ways need to be found to support people to work

LAC Chair, Allyson Hamblett, makes a welcome return to talk about creating new ways of supporting people to work. LACs are advisory committees for CCS Disability Action that help provide governance for our regions. Allyson makes a huge contribution to our organisation and the disability community. Employment is a big issue for the disability community.  Most ...