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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 ...

Systematic shift needs to target attitudes toward disabled people

Mike Pulman is a regular public speaker for various organisations in the disability sector. Mike is also a part time sports reporter for the All Blacks, Chiefs Rugby, and the Blackcaps cricket team. When not busy writing, Mike hosts a weekly talkback radio show. He was the winner of 2016’s Youth with Disability award. I ...

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 ...

Familiar, but foreign

Nick Svensen is a policy advisor intern at CCS Disability Action. Nick talks about his first few days at CCS Disability Action. Following 22 years working ‘on’ my disability, I arrive at CCS Disability Action for my first day working ‘in’ disability. I wonder how the two will relate, as last night’s google search “medical ...

The Complex Job of a Support Worker

In this week’s blog Joy Gunn speaks in support of support workers. Joy Gunn was with CCS Disability Action for three years as Southern Regional Manager and then with National Office for a year as Manager Quality, Innovation and Development. She left CCS Disability Action in May 2016 and lives and now works in Dunedin. ...

Matariki

Jonathan Tautari and Robert Nathan from CCS Disability Action Northern Region talk about journeys and why we should reflect and draw from others in the way we live today. The night sky containing an immense number of stars guided early Polynesian voyagers to Aotearoa more than 1,000 years ago. Pleiades, also known to Maori as ...