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DIY Politics

Nick Svensen, our Policy Analyst, shares and second-guesses his thoughts in the lead up to the upcoming election. For the upcoming election, I was asked to check out and summarise the party’s policies with a view to giving advice. That advice is: don’t (just) take it. Not because I’m 22, have only voted once and have no ...

Disability and the Rainbow Community

Allyson Hamblett and Aych McArdle are members of CCS Disability Action’s Auckland Local Advisory Committee (LAC). Allyson and Arch have a particular interest in how LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex) and disability issues interrelate. We have a chat to them to find out more.   Q. Can you tell me a bit ...

When Emotional Support Becomes Unintended Gaslighting

By Ariel Henley Ariel Henley is a writer from Northern California. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Narratively, The Rumpus, and The Establishment. You can find her on Twitter: @ariel_henley9. Gaslighting is a psychological term ...

What is wrong with experts?

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, takes a look at whether we are valuing expertise wrong. Last year during the Brexit debates, a conservative politician was asked about whether economists supported his stance. His response was that people have had enough of experts (despite being an Oxford graduate and senior Minister himself). He is not ...

IDPWD – Celebrating abilities

Chris Bristow is a member of the Northern Region’s disabled staff group, DAA. As 3 December 2016 came to Northland, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disability, the focus will be celebrating abilities. While the day was recognised across the globe, what Whangarei showcased was a vision of what inclusive communities can look ...

Who are you?

Nick Svensen is a policy advisor intern at CCS Disability Action. For many in the disability community, the inability to obtain a driver’s licence leaves them unable to prove their age or identity in a wide array of situations – perhaps something so obvious that it is easily overlooked. As a result, they are forced ...

How many disabled people are there in New Zealand?

A blog from Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A day for celebrating disabled people and the contribution they make to their whānau and communities. So how many people are we celebrating exactly? How many disabled people are ...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Susan Sherrard leads the Disability Action Team in CCS Disability Action Auckland branch. We in the Northern Region started celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held on 3rd December, about seven years ago.  We have celebrated the day in a variety of ways – from putting a chocolate and small card ...

The fine art of feedback

Tim George is a Communications Coordinator intern in the CCS Disability Action Auckland branch. It can be hard to question someone in authority, especially when you feel like they are not treating you fairly. As CCS Disability Action Local Advisory Committee Chair Allyson Hamblett points out, it is important to stand up for yourself when ...