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The never-ending reforms

We are now several years into the reforms of disability supports. A key reason for the reforms was the Social Services Select Committee’s report in 2008 (PDF). This report found that disability supports were fragmented and often difficult to access. Unfortunately, the government may have inadvertently made this situation worse. There are currently a lot ...

Leaving people behind; the investment approach in practice

I want to talk about two boring sounding things that have the potential to seriously impact on people’s lives. These things are future welfare liability and an investment approach. Both are very much “in vogue” at the moment. The Productivity Commission, which is currently looking at social services, is a particularly big fan. Future welfare ...

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 ...

Paul Gibson – 21 March, a day of human rights

Paul Gibson, Disability Commissioner, talks about World Down Syndrome Day and the importance of coming together to advocate for the human rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome. I want to paint a picture of some neat recent events: A stunningly dressed couple smile on their wedding day with the Christchurch cardboard ...

When is a subsidy, not a subsidy? Carer Support

Carer Support allows the unpaid carer of a disabled person to take a break. The carer is given a small payment by the government that can either be used to pay someone the carer knows, including some family members, or a formal provider to give temporary support to the disabled person. Sounds pretty simple and, in fact, Carer ...

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 ...

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 ...