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.
The following is a media release from NorthAble dated 15 July 2014. The Northern Advocate newspaper article published 21st July 2014 can be read here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11296806
Northland EnCompass Heads South
A Northland Needs Assessment Service Coordination organisation has thought outside the square to deliver services in a different way to benefit their clients – now the programme is being piloted elsewhere in New Zealand.
“Once one has that mind change, things become incredibly clear…like finally taking your head out of a helmet of fog.”
Those ‘aha’ moments make the difference - read about our CEO’s ‘aha’ moment and the resulting clarity that has propelled him back to his office chair.
In 2013, Statistics New Zealand carried out their fourth national survey on disability.
Data from this, the most comprehensive source of information on disabled people in New Zealand, is currently being released and the first publication focuses on the prevalence of disability across population subgroups and on disability rates for specific impairment types.
Key findings from the survey show that in Northland 19 percent of our population have physical limitations and 7 percent have learning difficulties – both higher than the national rates of 14 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Read the MS Northland June Newsletter here for loads of information, updates from the office, research roundup and great stories.
There are all sorts of activities available for you to join in and keep yourself moving as well as notices regarding the MS Annual Street Appeal dates and what is available for you to borrow from the MS Library if you prefer to remain indoors in the winter time.
The students of local school Hurupaki Primary learned the lyrics to the catchy tune Islands in both English and New Zealand Sign Language in celebration of NZSL Week which was 12th to 18th May this year.
The children did an awesome job of their bi-lingual performance at their school assembly, which was recorded and has been uploaded to youtube.
To watch this great performance click here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiI6evAFhDo
Read about Jonny’s ongoing cabin fever, envy of people going out to work and how things are better on marae for the disabled.
Our CEO’s regular column “A different light” was in the Saturday edition of The Northern Advocate on 5th July 2014.
Click here to read the full article:
Supporting Families Northland have three FREE Family Support Group meetings coming up in Kawakawa starting on July 16th.
Topics for the next three meetings are:
- 16th July – Supporting Families Website and Social Networks (Additional free online support for families).
- 20th August – Self care and Boundaries
- 17th September – Open Forum
NorthAble’s Information Update for 2 July 2014 is here now, to update you on what is happening around disability in the community.
There have been some interesting articles in the media, there are some great seminars coming up and The Papermill are starting more Casual Creative Craft Classes later this month.
Follow the link to find out more:
Touch Compass Dance Co bring you Acquisitions ’14.
This will be a mesmerising trip through dance and film, curated by their artistic director Catherine Chappell, and comprising “three gorgeous parts to one stunning whole.”
For more information about this season, including an update from dancers and tutors plus recent workshops please click here: