News : IHC New Zealand | Understanding Intellectual disability

By: Ihc  05-Apr-2012

IHC is seeking a declaration of discrimination in its legal case against the Government. IHC says that intellectually and physically disabled pupils are being treated unlawfully. This issue is gaining momentum and features in the news this week. Read the Dominion Post article: ‘Court fight looms over rights of disabled’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6558050/Court-fight-looms-over-rights-of-disabled Listen to the interview [..]

The IHC Advocacy team has made a submission to the Maori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Determinants of Wellbeing for Maori Children. IHC has told the committee that the community of almost 3000 Maori children and young people with an intellectual disability can be even more vulnerable than non-Maori disabled children, because of the [..]

Oamaru families are the first in New Zealand to be invited to a seminar run by IHC to highlight the rights of children and young people with disabilities. IHC’s Heartland seminars provide free information and resources for families with a child with a disability.

IHC is one of more than one hundred exhibitors who will be at the health and disability expo The Big Event in three weeks time on the 9 and 10 March at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland. The event is an opportunity for visitors to explore the latest health and disability products, services, technology and [..]

IHC says that many disabled children are more vulnerable to sexual abuse, neglect, violence, and poverty than other children, in its submission on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children. “The key points in IHC’s submission are that many disabled children are vulnerable merely by virtue of their disability.  They can experience threats to their survival [..]

Posted: February 16, 2012 

IHC is horrified that Speaker Hon Lockwood Smith has told Mojo Mathers she must pay for her own electronic notetaking services.

 The Minister of Justice invited the public to make submissions on the review of the Family Court. The Minister in his invitation noted that the Family Court was not as efficient as it should be. Costs were escalating with no apparent improvement in outcomes.  IHC’s submission reflects our concerns with Family Court processes that affect disabled [..]

IHC is launching its 2012 Annual Appeal with a call to parents who are having difficulty enrolling a child with a disability at school. “Let us know if you are having trouble of any kind. We want to help you make sure your child is educated – and welcome – at school,” says IHC Director [..]

In August 2011, information was gathered by IDEA Services family/whanau services from young people and their families.  It was collected via an online survey and nationwide forums.   IDEA Services specifically asked the ‘Next Generation’ to provide information on what supports they want from the organisation now and in the future. IDEA Services would like [..]

The announcement about the future of the Disability Supports Services operated by the Nelson Marlborough DHB has left this disability advocate very confused. It is good news that the DHB will no longer be a disability services provider. DHBs are charged with looking after people’s health needs. Disabled New Zealanders use health services like anyone [..]


Other news and updates from Ihc

05-Apr-2012

IHC Hot Issues – August 2011 : IHC New Zealand | Understanding Intellectual disability

Local government, business, philanthropy and non-government organisations all have a role to protect vulnerable children and prevent more children becoming vulnerable. Individual factors that can contribute to vulnerability are growing up in poverty, and having a disability or a significant health problem. United Nations Disability Rights Convention – Government drops ball regarding children.


05-Apr-2012

Newsletter : IHC New Zealand | Understanding Intellectual disability

Inside the October Hot Issues IHC’s Call to Action – what needs to change for children and young people with disabilities Listen to us – this is what we need Focus needed on children and young people with disabilities New Zealand calls for action Families Commission research reinforces investing in the early years Encouraging moves for children.


05-Apr-2012

Media Releases : IHC New Zealand | Understanding Intellectual disability

IHC congratulates Tariana Turia on her reappointment to the role of Minister for Disability Issues but is concerned that disabled New Zealanders are not represented at Cabinet. Oamaru families are the first in New Zealand to be invited to a seminar run by IHC to highlight the rights of children and young people with disabilities. IHC’s Heartland seminars provide free information and resources for families with a child with a disability.


05-Apr-2012

IHC Hot Issues – October 2011 : IHC New Zealand | Understanding Intellectual disability

Given that politicians from all parties are focused on achieving better outcomes for New Zealand’s children, IHC wants to be sure that children and young people with disabilities are considered in all of the discussions and planning proposed.