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The Evidence Based Approach to a Fairer Society

Roger Loveless reflects on the Measuring Accessible Journeys project, MAJ, as he retires from his role as Access Coordinator. When I initially floated the idea that the disability sector, including CCS Disability Action, needed to work within society’s accepted infrastructure asset management systems and apply them to improving access, it was met with considerable scepticism. ...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:28 am · Posted in Disability Commissioner, Disability support reforms, Uncategorized

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 ...

Michael Pulman talks about the lack of sexual support for disabled people

Friday, May 13, 2016 11:38 am · Posted in Accessibility, Disability support reforms, Sexuality

Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. A recent discussion about sex and disability on Australian TV further re-enforced that for people with high-needs disabilities, financial and physical assistance is a necessity to put them on an equal playing field. I want to preface this ...

Who supports the Support Worker?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:23 am · Posted in Carer Support, Disability support reforms, Employment, Uncategorized

Michael Pulman looks at support workers. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Service providers face a massive challenge to find support workers that are in the line of work for the long haul. Both in residential services and community home help support, the pay ...

Mike’s thoughts on the education system for disabled people

Friday, April 1, 2016 3:33 pm · Posted in Children, Education, Inclusive education, Uncategorized

Michael Pulman looks at the education system. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. Education is a big part of all our lives. It is the first big step out into the world that a child makes, a crucial part of human development and an ...

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 ...

The Gathering

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:46 pm · Posted in Accessibility, bullying, CCS Disability Action, Employment

Tom McAlpine is a 26 year old CCS Disability Action local committee member who resides in Otepoti, Dunedin. In 2013 Tom McAlpine set up his own network Paths Together regarding sexuality and disability issues. “The Gathering,” was an event held from 8-9 March 2016 by CCS Disability Action at  Te Papa Museum, Wellington. People from ...

Immigration and disability revisited

Thursday, February 18, 2016 3:05 pm · 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 ...

Making rural areas more inclusive

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 2:22 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action

Michael Pulman looks at support in rural areas. Michael Pulman is a 23-year-old media student, part time journalist, and communications intern at CCS Disability Action. For disabled people and their families who live in rural areas, the lack of services available would stagger you. There are no day programmes, no regular meetings between disabled people ...

Let the children play

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:01 pm · Posted in Accessibility, Children, valuing people

Recently we were asked by media to comment on the accessibility of the recently opened Margaret Mahy playground in Christchurch.  The multimillion playground aims to draw families back into the centre of Christchurch and provide a fun and stimulating place for children to play. That’s a laudable purpose.  Every child should have the right to ...