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CCS Disability Action Team Leader Sue Sherrard explains why she thinks this year’s consultation on the New Zealand’s Disability Action Strategy is worthwhile. As many of you may know the New Zealand Disability Strategy (NZDS) of 2001 is currently being reviewed.  This needs to be seen as an opportunity for disabled people and whānau to ...

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 ...

Choice and control in a time of limited resources – can it be used against the disability community?

Individualised Funding, and similar approaches, allow people more choice and control over their disability supports. Instead of people having to go to providers, who are directly-funded by the government, people control the funds themselves. They can choose what to do with the funds, including shopping around for a provider or hiring support workers themselves. This ...

Fair choices and equal resources

We are passionate about all people having fair choices and opportunities in society. Why?  Simple, we respect and value people’s autonomy and freedom to choose. We are also passionate advocates of inclusive options for disabled people and their families, options such as inclusive education in mainstream schools or independent living in the community. We believe ...

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 ...