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Looking back on 2015; are we any clearer about the future?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:22 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms, valuing people

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 ...

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities – so – what’s all the fuss about?

Thursday, December 3, 2015 10:38 am · Posted in Uncategorized

Joy Gunn of CCS Disability Action and Erin Gough from the Human Rights Commission, highlight the importance of 3 December to the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who identify as disabled people, and those who support them. In 1992 the United Nations confirmed 3 December as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), ...

Natural support; choice versus obligation

Friday, November 27, 2015 8:49 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms, paid family carers, valuing people

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 ...

Beyond awareness

Thursday, November 19, 2015 8:33 am · Posted in Employment, fairness, Social Model of Disability, society, valuing people

Disability rights activist Robyn Hunt recently did a great blog about awareness campaigns. She stated that it was time to go beyond just trying to generate awareness. She noted that there have been countless awareness campaigns and that disabled people are estimated to make up 24 per cent of the population. People should be aware ...

Same challenges – different place?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:21 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Employment

With government reforms of the disability sector, understandably taking some time to move from demonstrations to design and implementation is it time for more organisations and leaders in the disability sector to make bold changes themselves? I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with other leaders in the disability and mental health sectors ...

The words we say

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 12:47 pm · Posted in Children, valuing people

Having spent much of my career working with words – both as a journalist and then in Communications, I have been reflecting more than ever on the power (and harm) words can have. I have also been reflecting on the words people say to parents of disabled children and young people.  As the mother of ...

No easy victory; earthquake strengthening and access

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:49 pm · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action

A long debate ended recently over accessibility rules. It ended with a partial victory for the disability and access community. It’s a partial victory a lot of people contributed to. It also ended with some questions and lessons for how we advocate and work with government. The biggest lessons are the importance of getting in ...

Disability and the rainbow

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:45 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, valuing people

Allyson Hamblett, chair of CCS Disability Action’s Auckland Local Advisory Committee, shares her thoughts on disability, diversity and the Rainbow Community. The Northern Region of CCS Disability Action has started working with RainbowYOUTH to develop Rainbow Competency training for staff and the Local Advisory Committee.  This training will hopefully bring about an awareness of sexuality ...

Call to blog

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:17 am · Posted in valuing people

What is happening in your community? What do you think and feel about the issues we have been discussing on this blog? We would love to publish your thoughts and ideas as blog posts. There have been some excellent comments on our blogs so we are sure you have information and experiences to share. Send ...