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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 ...

Living with Cerebral Palsy

Hamish Jolly is 19 years old and is currently at University. During his final year of high school, he wrote a speech about living with Cerebral Palsy. This is a transcript of his speech. Look at me, I appear to you like your average, middle-class white person, and you are right, I am your average ...

Immigration and disability revisited

18/2/16 · Posted in fairness, Immigration, valuing people

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, talks about New Zealand’s immigration policy and the value disabled people add to our whole community. I have written in the past on immigration and disability. New Zealand’s current health criteria confuse illness with disability and have a simplistic view of costs. It is also harder under current law ...

Looking back on 2015; are we any clearer about the future?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and as always it is a time for reflection and the making of New Year’s resolutions. Looking back on the year, the main questions for me are: Are we are any clearer now about the future shape of the disability sector than we were at the start ...

Natural support; choice versus obligation

There has been an ongoing push for people to use natural support more and paid support less, but is all natural support the same and is natural support always the best option for people? Natural support is the support people get from the unpaid relationships in their lives, their relationships with friends, family/whānau and people in ...

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 ...

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 ...