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Posts Tagged ‘valuing people’

Living with Cerebral Palsy

Hamish Jolly is 19 years old and is currently at University. During his final year of high school, he wrote a speech about living with Cerebral Palsy. This is a transcript of his speech. Look at me, I appear to you like your average, middle-class white person, and you are right, I am your average ...

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 ...

Looking back on 2015; are we any clearer about the future?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and as always it is a time for reflection and the making of New Year’s resolutions. Looking back on the year, the main questions for me are: Are we are any clearer now about the future shape of the disability sector than we were at the start ...

Natural support; choice versus obligation

There has been an ongoing push for people to use natural support more and paid support less, but is all natural support the same and is natural support always the best option for people? Natural support is the support people get from the unpaid relationships in their lives, their relationships with friends, family/whānau and people in ...

The words we say

16/9/15 · 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 ...

Disability and the rainbow

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

12/8/15 · 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 ...

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 ...