News and opinions on disability
and inclusion

Early support

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:49 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Children, Early Support, New to disability

“I just wanted to be a mum…before I had to be a therapist…be a coordinator… I had to schedule ‘mum’.  We wanted family time, mum & dad as a family… we have a happy family goal”. (A mother involved in our Early Support pilot in Northland) In our list of strategic priorities that drive our organisation’s ...

The first job

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 3:09 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Employment

Clint talks about his battle to get his first job and offers some great practical advice. The plan has been followed. Skills have been learned. Time spent as a student. The year has come to a close, and this time that means something different; a small holiday, then finding that first job. A CV prepared. ...

Choice!

David Matthews returns to discuss parental choice in education and the need for equality of resources between special and mainstream education.   The current swirl of letters, articles and media comments around the possible closing of residential schools, and other special education issues, has once again raised the notion of “parent choice”. Some people argue ...

“It’s a zimmer frame” mobility aids and community reaction

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:22 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Transport, Walking aids

LAC Chair, Allyson Hamblett, talks about her experiences using a mobility aid and the reaction from the community to it. LACs are advisory committees that help provide governance for our regions. We live in a society where people have different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes people need equipment to help them get around the community. While, this ...

Controversy and residential special schools

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari returns to discuss the recent proposed residential special schools changes and the controversy they have caused. The government is proposing to replace some residential special schools with intensive behaviour support services in a child’s local schools and home. The proposals have caused controversy. Some staff members at these schools and ...

Tough talk on mobility parking

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:32 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Mobility parking, Transport

Sara Georgeson talks about the importance of mobility parking. CCS Disability Action issued over 26,000 mobility parking permits in the last year, a significant chunk of our total population. Given the numbers it’s not surprising that abuse of mobility parking is an issue that attracts heated public debate. Regular surveys of local papers across New ...

Changes could threaten the accessbility of transport

Monday, June 25, 2012 11:05 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Public Transport, Transport

Gerri Pomeroy returns to talk about Government changes that may limit the ability of disabled people and others to have a say on transport. Gerri also talks about what you can do about it. If you missed her previous post on transport you can find it here. It provides good background for today’s blog. The Government ...

Education for All?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:14 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Education, Inclusive education

In light of the controversy surrounding the potential closure of residential special schools, Policy and Information Leader Jonathan Tautari outlines why greater inclusiveness in education benefits us all. How we educate our children helps to determine what our future society will look like. Stopping disabled children from accessing regular classes and schools prevents us from ...

How easy is our public transport to use?

Monday, June 11, 2012 11:34 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Public Transport, Transport

Hello and welcome to our second blog post, my name is Gerri and I work as an Access Co-ordinator for CCS Disability Action. I have a special interest in making sure everyone can access our transport system, particularly disabled people who don’t have independent access to a car. I use a wheelchair for mobility myself ...

David’s thoughts

Welcome to our very first blog – our goal for providing this blog service is to connect with a wider audience of people interested in disability issues and ways to make this great country of ours more inclusive. Contributors to this blog will raise issues from their own working perspective. My perspective is built on ...