News and opinions on disability
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Archive for March, 2015

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 ...

Inclusive education report, missed opportunity

The Education Review Office has released a new report on inclusive education. The report, which is a follow-up to reports in 2010 and 2013, is called Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Needs in Schools. The Government is heralding the report as evidence of huge progress in inclusive education. The report is interesting, but it ...