Articles about: Disability Support

Historic settlement will benefit autism clients too

30 May 2017 – New Zealand’s 50,000 care and support workers accepted a $2 billion negotiated equal pay settlement from the Government in April. Karen Gregory-Hunt of the E tū union explains the difference it will make in one woman’s life. THREE YEARS ago, Moana Witehira began working with intellectual disability provider, IDEA Services in […]

Much-needed autism skills framework in development

30 May 2017 – A recent report identified barriers that prevent the uptake of learning and development as well as implementation of knowledge into practice. John Vogenthaler writes on how these issues have a significant impact on autistic people and their whānau. WENDY AND GABBY are members of the reference group collaborating on the much-needed development […]

Disability Strategy’s autism relevance

17 March 2017 – The new Disability Strategy helps disabled New Zealanders to participate and contribute to the community. Minister for Disability Issues Hon Nicky Wagner discusses its relevance to those with autism. In November last year, we launched the new Disability Strategy. The vision underpinning the Strategy is a non-disabling society where we all […]

Disability support and mental health services collaborating for better outcomes

Many people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also experience mental health issues. Often their needs assessment and finding the right health services can be complex. Services need to take a collaborative approach although they often have different models of care, eligibility criteria and places of work. In 2014 the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) clarified […]