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In Northland, there are a range of organisations providing a Disability Information Advisory Service about a specific disability, or disability in general.

Get more information about these individual organisations and how to contact them in Northland.

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Supermarkets improving access

Published August 07th 2014, Posted in National Supermarkets improving access

With the opening of the new Countdown store right across the road from the New World store in Regent comes a great opportunity for those with a disability to easily get around and do their shopping. 

Supermarkets improving access is just one of the subjects that our CEO Jonny Wilkinson mentioned in his regular column “A Different Light” that appeared in the Northern Advocate on Saturday the 2nd August.

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‘Getting Out There’ - The Empowerment Starts Here

Published August 01st 2014, Posted in National ‘Getting Out There’ - The Empowerment Starts Here

‘Getting Out There’ – A guide to ‘Getting Out There’ for people with disabilities, older people and their families/whanau.

The Empowerment Starts Here, with you – read this year’s awesome stories from people who share their experiences.  They will not only inspire and encourage you to ‘Get Out There’ but you will be empowered by the knowledge and information you can gain when you read this awesome publication.  There is a lot available to you in Northland that it is worth ‘Getting Out There’ for including support groups, exercise groups or you may like to try out a hydrotherapy class.

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MND – Sharn McNeill’s Ironman

Published July 29th 2014, Posted in National MND – Sharn McNeill’s Ironman

At the age of 31 years most of us would not expect to be diagnosed with a debilitating disease like Motor Neurone Disease.

Australian Sharn McNeill’s Ironman dream, and her world were shaken up but Sharn wouldn’t let her goal of completing the ultimate physical challenge be destroyed.

Join Sunday Night reporter Denham Hitchcock as he follows Sharn’s Australian Ironman bid which was shown on TV One’s Sunday programme on July 27th 2014 in New Zealand:  https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/a/24291758/motor-neurone-disease-sharns-last-wish/

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Getting Out There 2014

Published July 25th 2014, Posted in Northland Getting Out There 2014

The latest edition of ‘Getting Out There’ will be published with the Northern Advocate on Tuesday 29th July 2014 and this year it promises to be even bigger and better.

As with the two previous versions of ‘Getting Out There’ this will be a valuable booklet to keep handy.  It is a guide to ‘Getting Out There’, for people with disabilities, older people and their families. 

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More space means more programmes at Alzheimer’s unit

Published July 25th 2014, Posted in Northland More space means more programmes at Alzheimer’s unit

Northland Alzheimer’s Society is set to open the doors of its new million-dollar facility in September. The building opens on September 12, but the moving has already begun with offices being relocated from their old 130sq m building on Western Hills Dr, to the new 568sq m facility on Corks Rd, Tikipunga.

Lack of space was the main reason for the new build with constant overcrowding at the old facility.

“We were tripping over each other at the old building,” said general manager Kevin Salmon. “With more space we will have more room and, hopefully, it will increase the number of day programmes we can offer.” 

Read the Northern Advocate article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11298296

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Parkinson’s July Newsletter and Facts About Tremor

Published July 25th 2014, Posted in National Parkinson’s July Newsletter and Facts About Tremor

Parkinson’s Northland share their July Newsletter with updates from the office and your Community Educators.

Be sure to make a note of the new venue for your monthly support group meetings, and if you are newly diagnosed and under 65 there is a get together being held on Sunday July 27th at Jolt Café, more information on the events calendar here.

This month there is also a very informative fact sheet included on Parkinson’s and Tremor. Parkinsons_and_Tremor_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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Disability Issues in the Far North

Published July 24th 2014, Posted in Northland Disability Issues in the Far North

At recent meetings people were concerned about lack of choice and or quality in delivery of Respite Care, Community Participation and Daily Vocational Service in the Far North.

We wish to have feedback from people with Disabilities, Parents of Children/adults with Disabilities, Carers and other interested parties on your issues.

Our intention is to gather data to provide us with information about what is currently available and what you the people want in terms of respite services and community participation services in the Far North. With this information we will be able to put a strong case before appropriate Government Ministries.

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