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Posts Tagged ‘Social Model of Disability’

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 ...

Immigration and disability revisited

18/2/16 · Posted in fairness, Immigration, valuing people

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, talks about New Zealand’s immigration policy and the value disabled people add to our whole community. I have written in the past on immigration and disability. New Zealand’s current health criteria confuse illness with disability and have a simplistic view of costs. It is also harder under current law ...

Beyond awareness

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 ...

Leaving people behind; the investment approach in practice

I want to talk about two boring sounding things that have the potential to seriously impact on people’s lives. These things are future welfare liability and an investment approach. Both are very much “in vogue” at the moment. The Productivity Commission, which is currently looking at social services, is a particularly big fan. Future welfare ...

If you tolerate this….

In previous research, disabled people have said that the biggest barrier to finding a job is not getting an interview. People thought this was due to them saying they had an impairment. Clint talked about this in his blog. A person in the research said: “Only interviews I have had are the ones where I ...

What’s happening to my dream!

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari is back to talk about disability, civil rights and dreams denied. Today marks 50 years since the historical March on Washington where Dr Martin Luther King gave his ““I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was a challenge to the politics of exclusion and segregation. A key part of ...

Disabled people need to be included in decisions about accessibility

David Matthews returns to talk about the lack of consultation with accessibility experts on the proposed earthquake strengthening changes. David also talked about this in the NZ Herald and we did a detailed submission. As a little aside, ever wondered why “government” sometimes has a capital letter. The Government with a capital G refers to the government of the day ...