News and opinions on disability
and inclusion

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 ...

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 ...