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Are the proposals for Special Education really beneficial?

Mike Pulman is a Communications Coordinator for CCS Disability Action Waikato/BoP and is a regular Public Speaker for various organisations in the disability sector. Mike is also a part time sports reporter for the All Blacks, Chiefs Rugby, and the Blackcaps cricket team. When not busy writing, Mike hosts a weekly talkback radio show. He ...

Mike’s thoughts on the education system for disabled people

Michael Pulman looks at the education system. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Education is a big part of all our lives. It is the first big step out into the world that a child makes, a crucial part of human development and an ...

The words we say

16/9/15 · Posted in Children, valuing people

Having spent much of my career working with words – both as a journalist and then in Communications, I have been reflecting more than ever on the power (and harm) words can have. I have also been reflecting on the words people say to parents of disabled children and young people.  As the mother of ...

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 ...

The science of inclusion

CCS Disability Action wants everyone to feel included and valued in society. This position is based on our values and philosophy. It is also a position that is increasingly being backed by evidence. Most of us have experienced rejection and exclusion at some point in our lives. We know how bad it feels to be ...

The rise and fall of the Child Disability Allowance

9/9/14 · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Children

Today, we take a look at the Child Disability Allowance. The Child Disability Allowance is an allowance of around $45 dollars a week paid to the caregivers of children and young people that require substantially more supervision and support than other children and young people. The number of children and young people receiving the Child Disability Allowances ...