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Falling behind Australia on immigration and disability

11.06.2012 · Posted in Immigration, Social Model of 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 ...

Welfare Reform

09.27.2012 · Posted in Welfare Reform

More welfare reform is upon us. The Government recently announced the second part of its welfare reform package. The Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill is now before the Social Services Select Committee.   There is a high degree of interest in the changes. So we thought, we would do a summary ...

Paralympics

09.13.2012 · Posted in Paralympics, Sports

The Paralympics have been a great celebration of individual accomplishment. Unfortunately, coverage has not been great. So to help celebrate the achievements of the athletes, we wanted to do a bit of a round up of London 2012. Let us know if we have missed anything (I am sure we will have). First off, the ...

Stopping Bullying

The Policy and Advocacy team and David Matthews tackle the very important issue of bullying. For too long we have tolerated bullying in our schools. It is difficult for parents to always keep their children safe and free from harm. This is especially true of bullying, which is an age-old problem. Bullying is about someone acting ...

Decision on residential special schools

CCS Disability Action Chief Executive, David Matthews, returns to discuss the recent decision on residential special schools The Minister of Education’s decision on residential special schools will create more choice for families and students in education than ever before. Having worked in education for many years, I certainly feel for the staff of the two schools ...

Auckland Disability Law

08.22.2012 · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, Justice

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari returns to discuss the proposed closure of Auckland Disability Law. Jonathan lives in Auckland so this is an issue close to his heart. Auckland Disability Law provides free community legal services in the Auckland region. It is the country’s only specialist law centre for disabled people, providing access to legal ...