News and opinions on disability
and inclusion

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 ...

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 8:59 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms

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 ...

Making sense of our sector and the way forward

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:46 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Disability support reforms

When I came into this job some four years ago, I was reasonably clear about what lay ahead for this organisation as well as the sector as a whole. Today I feel less sure and more unclear so I feel compelled to write something that might help me with this problem. Recent conversations with a ...

Fair choices and equal resources

Friday, July 17, 2015 10:42 am · Posted in Disability support reforms, paid family carers, valuing people

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 ...