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Archive for the ‘Social Model of Disability’ Category

Disability – not the end of the world!

People seem to assume that having a disability is the worst thing in the world and we should be “fixed”. But to be honest, the fact that I get around on four wheels rather than two feet doesn’t faze me all that much. I have a great life, with amazing people to share it with. ...

Muddling Through Models of Disability

My name is Phoebe Eden-Mann, and I am coming to the end of my fourth week as the national policy intern, here at CCS Disability Action in Dunedin. It’s been an intense four weeks; a trial by fire if you will. I’ve been exposed to theories and concepts that I’d never even heard of, written ...

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 ...

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 ...

I am here

In November 2012, we released research into the lived experience of disabled people with high and complex support needs called “I am here” The Article 19 Project – Finding a place for the life stories of disabled people. Our concern was that people with high and complex support needs were at the most risk 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 ...

Falling behind Australia on immigration and disability

New Zealand currently discriminates against disabled people and their families in immigration laws under health criteria. These health criteria confuse illness with disability and have a simplistic view of costs. They are also harsher for disabled children than adults. Australia has recently changed similar laws to include a more complex understanding of cost and benefit. It ...

Welfare reform in the United Kingdom and what it could mean for us in New Zealand

In light of the Minister’s comments last week, the Policy and Advocacy Team takes a detailed look at welfare reform in the United Kingdom. The team finds that welfare reform there is based on a faulty model of disability, has inflicted considerable hardship on people and has damaged the relationship between the disability community and ...