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DIY Politics

08.01.2017 · Posted in 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 ...

Who are you?

12.05.2016 · Posted in Accessibility

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 rise and fall of the Child Disability Allowance

09.09.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Today, we take a look at the Child Disability Allowance. The Child Disability Allowance is an allowance of around $45 dollars a week paid to the caregivers of children and young people that require substantially more supervision and support than other children and young people. The number of children and young people receiving the Child Disability Allowances  has been falling. Between ...

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 ...

Welfare Reform; Real change or tilting at windmills?

We have been a little quiet on welfare reform recently, apart from a release on Allowances last week. This is because we have been carefully watching and analysing the changes. The recent reforms are significant, but perhaps not as much as first thought. Changing names and bringing in work obligations will not get more people ...

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Week

I just want to acknowledge the Niho Tupu whanau for their incredible contribution to the blog this week celebrating Maaori Language Week. Their work reminds us that it takes work and aroha (love) to nurture something so precious as te reo Maaori. No reira, nga mihi ki a koutou katoa Tena koutou e te Whanau ...

Disabled people count

Gerri and Roger have been busy working on a new project. A project that is sure to shake up how we count and respond to people with access needs. You may remember Roger talking about the need for more data. Well, we decided to give the government a hand, by showing them how to do ...

Stand up for your rights

Disability Partnership Leader, Peter Wilson, returns to take a hard look at the new Paid Family Carers Bill. He wonders whether the Bill reflects how society sees disability and disabled people. The recent Paid Family Carers Bill has caused a lot of controversy. The Bill allows a limited number of disabled people with high needs ...