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Paul Gibson – 21 March, a day of human rights

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:38 am · Posted in Disability Commissioner, valuing people

Paul Gibson, Disability Commissioner, talks about World Down Syndrome Day and the importance of coming together to advocate for the human rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome. I want to paint a picture of some neat recent events: A stunningly dressed couple smile on their wedding day with the Christchurch cardboard ...

When is a subsidy, not a subsidy? Carer Support

Friday, March 13, 2015 1:18 pm · Posted in Carer Support, CCS Disability Action, valuing people

Carer Support allows the unpaid carer of a disabled person to take a break. The carer is given a small payment by the government that can either be used to pay someone the carer knows, including some family members, or a formal provider to give temporary support to the disabled person. Sounds pretty simple and, in fact, Carer ...

Inclusive education report, missed opportunity

Friday, March 6, 2015 3:10 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Education, Inclusive education

The Education Review Office has released a new report on inclusive education. The report, which is a follow-up to reports in 2010 and 2013, is called Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Needs in Schools. The Government is heralding the report as evidence of huge progress in inclusive education. The report is interesting, but it ...

Crikey, it’s the National Disability Insurance Scheme!

Friday, February 27, 2015 7:41 am · Posted in Australia, National Disability Insurance Scheme

Australia has embarked on an ambitious reform of its disability support services. The government is bringing in a new system called the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The scheme is starting to hit its stride, having survived recent budget cuts. 13,646 people are now eligible for the scheme and 11,029 people have an approved plan in seven ...

When is a cap, not a cap? Education support workers

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:12 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Education

We have been trying to get the Ministry of Education to abandon its funding cap of 15 hour per week for education support workers. Education support workers are the equivalent of teacher aides, but work in early childhood education. On Monday, our Chief Executive, David Matthews, and Canterbury mother, Shannon Alker, went on Radio New Zealand to talk about the funding ...

Real choice

Friday, February 13, 2015 3:11 pm · Posted in CCS Disability Action, valuing people

In recent years, reforms of disability supports have focused on giving people more choice and control. This has been hugely positive and we have been very involved in these changes, such as Choice in Community Living. With growing choice, however, comes new challenges. For choice to be real, people need to be informed and not ...

Facing the future

Thursday, February 5, 2015 11:31 am · Posted in Accessibility, Aging, CCS Disability Action, local government, valuing people

In this week’s blog David Matthews, Chief Executive of CCS Disability Action, takes a look the future. There are some major challenges ahead, but if we all work together, we can still have a stronger and more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. People often struggle to think long-term. Current issues tend to capture our thinking.  This ...

Knowing when to step back

Friday, January 30, 2015 10:03 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Children, Education, valuing people

In our previous blog post on education support workers, Rebecca made some great points about their role. It is important that education support workers support the child in a way that includes the child in the wider education and social life of an early childhood centre. They should not be off in the corner alone ...

A fair start in life – funding for education support workers

Friday, January 16, 2015 10:28 am · Posted in CCS Disability Action, Children, Education

In New Zealand, all children between the ages of three and five have the right to 20 hours of funded early childhood education a week. Unfortunately, the full 20 hours is actually not available to all children. Children who need an education support worker to be able to attend early childhood education face limits on ...