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We have constructed a collection of links that are related to the information and resources found at support options. Feel free to browse these links to find further information on a wide range of topics. The categories in this section are as follows:

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Funding

ACC
ACC manages New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme.
Accessable
Manages Ministry of Health funding for equipment, housing modifications and vehicle modifications for disabled people living in Auckland and Northland.
Enable New Zealand
Manages Ministry of Health funding for equipment, housing modifications or vehicle modifications for disabled people living in the rest of New Zealand (south of the Bombay Hills).
Disability Funding
Information about how to access Ministry of Health funding for disabled people in New Zealand.
Grants Online
Funding for community groups, voluntary groups and in some cases, individuals, includes Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) and Lottery Grants Board.

Government Departments

ACC
New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme.
Charities Commission
Registers and monitors charitable organizations in New Zealand.
Child, Youth and Family Services
Child, Youth and Family is the government agency authorized to get involved to protect and help children who are being abused or neglected or who have problem behaviour.
Dept of Labour
Provides information, services and support covering almost every aspect of work in New Zealand.
Family and Community Services
Assists families to access information and social services.
Housing NZ Corporation
Housing New Zealand provides New Zealanders with access to good quality, affordable homes.
Ministry of Education - Special Education Services
Special Education Services (GSE) supports children and young people with special education needs.
Ministry of Health Disability Services
Disability Services are responsible for funding services for people with disabilities.
Ministry of Justice
The Health and Disability Commissioner within the Ministry of Justice to ensure people know about their rights when receiving health and disability services.
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Promotes the development of Pacific peoples in New Zealand.
Ministry of Social Development
Provides social services to New Zealanders, such as Work and Income, Child Youth and Family
Ministry of Youth Development
Promotes the interests of young people aged between 12 and 24 years.
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
Administered through the Department of Internal Affairs, the LGB distributes the proceeds of state lotteries to the New Zealand community.
Office for Disability Issues
Responsible for ensuring government keeps faith with the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
Te Puna Pacific Island Web Directory
The National Library of New Zealand’s directory to New Zealand and Pacific Island websites
Te Puni Kokiri
The Ministry of Maori Development provides policy and advice to government on matters related to Maori.
Work and Income
Assists job seekers and pays income support on behalf of the Government.

Government documents

New Zealand Disability Strategy
The NZ Disability Strategy provides a framework for government to work towards removing barriers that prevent disabled people from participating fully in New Zealand society. This framework provides guidance to ensure that government departments and agencies consider disabled people before making decisions.
Health of Older Persons Strategy
The Health of Older People Strategy sets out the government's approach regarding health and disability support services to meet the increasing needs of older people.
To Have an ‘OrdinaryELife
This is a report that highlights issues faced by adults with an intellectual disability living ordinary lives in the community with recommendations to government based on the framework of NZ Disability Strategy.

Health & Disability Information

Arthritis New Zealand
For information and education to enable people to better manage their arthritis.
Cancer Society Auckland
Support for cancer patients and their families; prevention of the onset of cancer and to carry out research into cancer.
Autism NZ
Support and resources for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
Carers NZ
An online information resource for Carers of all ages.
CCS Disability Action
Provides support and services for people with physical disabilities; and advocates for the rights of disabled people.
Counties Manukau Webhealth
Your online connection to Health and Social Services in the Counties Manukau DHB region.
Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to providing quality services to all Deaf people in New Zealand.
Diabetes Auckland
Supporting people affected by Diabetes.
Dyspraxia Support Group of NZ Inc.
Information and support for people with Developmental Dyspraxia and their families.
Everybody
Online health and disability information site for New Zealanders.
Healthpoint
Healthpoint is a tool that allows doctors, patients and caregivers to access local information about what to expect prior to, during and following a referral to secondary/tertiary medical healthcare services.
IDEA Services (IHC)
IDEA is the short form for Intellectual Disability Empowerment and Advocacy Services for people with intellectual disabilities - supporting them to live ordinary lives in the community.
Mental Health Foundation of NZ
Access to quality information and resources on mental health and well being.
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Offers support and information to family/whanau and carers of people affected with MND.
National Foundation for the Deaf
Supports deaf or hearing impaired children and adults throughout NZ.
New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres
Promotes and supports the local provision of generic disability information and referral services through independent community Centres nationwide.
NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders
Provides support networks, resources and information for people with rare disorders and their families.
SPELD
Supports people with specific learning disabilities.
Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB)
Provides vision-related habilitation and rehabilitation services to people who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired.
Stroke Foundation of NZ
Provides information and support to people with a stroke, their family/whanau and caregivers.
Weka
New Zealand’s generic disability information website, Weka, which stands for what everybody keeps asking about disability information.

Children

Barnardos
Provides a range of care, education and support services for children and their families.
Carers NZ
An online information resource for Carers of all ages.
CCS Disability Action Early Intervention
Support for families with infants, toddlers and preschool children with developmental needs to achieve milestones and inclusion in the community.
Child Cancer Foundation
To promote services of excellence and consistency to children with cancer and their families.
Children’s Commissioner
The Children’s Commissioner speaks out on behalf of all children to ensure their rights are respected and upheld.
Cystic Fibrosis Association of NZ
Providing information and support to people with CF and their families.
Down Syndrome Association
Provides information and support to families changed by Down Syndrome and promotes the rights and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.
New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children
Provides support, information and networking opportunities for parents of deaf children; assistance for deaf children and advocacy on behalf of parents and deaf children.
Parent to Parent
Provides support and information network for parents of children with special needs
Skylight
Provides support to children, young people and their families when faced with change, loss and grief Ewhatever the cause.
Spectrum Care
Provides support, education and respite services to families of children and young people with intellectual disabilities.
Taikura Trust
Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) agency for disabled people aged 0-65 years living in the Auckland region.
Variety EThe Children’s Charity
Variety’s "Kids on the Move" programme provides assistance to children with physical restrictions. Variety’s Sunshine Coaches transports thousands of New Zealand children to schooling, therapy and community outings.

Older People

Age Concern
Promotes health and wellbeing of older people and positive ageing for everyone else.
Agewell
Promotes healthy ageing
Alzheimers Auckland
Provides support, information and services on alzheimer’s and dementia.
Carers NZ
An online information resource for Carers of all ages.
Eldernet
Online information about services available to older people.
Grey Power
To support and protect the wellbeing of older people in New Zealand.
Seniorline
Seniorline provides information mainly for people over the age of 65 who are considering a move into care.
Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Inc
Provides information and support to people with a stroke, their family/whanau and caregivers.

Consumer-led Organisations

Association of Blind Citizens
Advocates on behalf of vision impaired and blind people integrating into the community; provider of blind and disability-specific services.
DPA, (Disabled Persons Assembly (New Zealand) Incorporated)
DPA, (Disabled Persons Assembly (New Zealand) Incorporated) is an umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities, the organisations involved in advocacy on their behalf, and service providers.
Tiaho Trust
Tiaho Trust is a disabled consumer-led organisation (for disabled - by disabled) which provides support to DIAS providers for the effective provision of disability information in the Northland region.
Diversityworks
Specialists in diversity and change, DiversityworksEexpertise centres around understanding and managing the impact of diversity and social issues in many areas, including customer service, employment and business, education, law and social policy, research and the arts.
People First
An organisation run by and for people with learning disabilities.
Ripple Trust
Ripple Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, established to deliver services for disabled people by disabled people in the Auckland and Northland regions.

Education

Conductive Education
A programme that assists disabled children to learn and participate in their environment.
Special Education
The Ministry of Education funds Special Education services for children and young people with disabilities to participate and achieve in schools.
AUT University
The Disability Resource Service offers information and a range of services to disabled students and Deaf students.
Kelston Deaf Education Centre
Provides services for deaf and hearing impaired children, their families and professionals throughout Auckland, Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.
Manukau Institute of Technology
Offers a range of services for disabled students to enjoy the full benefits of studying.
Massey University
Massey University is committed to providing education that is accessible to students with disabilities.
North Tec Tai Tokerau Wananga
The Disability Service offers a range of support options for students with impairment.
Unitec
Disability Liaison Centre provides information about courses and programmes, arranges specialised equipment and offers ongoing support.
University of Auckland
Offers extensive resources, excellent student facilities and personalised support to help you succeed

Vocation

APET Enterprises
Provides employment and work skills training for up to 130 people from metropolitan Auckland.
Association for Supported Employment in NZ
Supported employment service for people with disabilities.
Career Services
Advice and information service for making career choices.
Kaleidoscope
Vocational rehabilitation programme dedicated to supporting disabled people towards employment they enjoy.
Workbridge
Support equal opportunities for disabled people to participate in the workforce.

Social and Recreation

Auckland Deaf Society
The Auckland Deaf Society provides sporting and recreational activities for the Deaf.
Blind Sailing
Offers sailing opportunities to all New Zealand blind people through the New Zealand Council for Sailing for the Blind and Vision Impaired Inc.
Blind Sport
Blind Sport promotes opportunities for blind athletes to participate in National, International events and the Paralympics (Parallel Olympics).
Deaf Sports Federation
Offers outdoor pursuit opportunities to people with disabilities.
Disabled Snowsports
Helps to remove participation barriers and encourages people with physical or intellectual disabilities to get involved in Snowsports.
Halberg Trust
The Halberg Trust Sport Opportunity Programme is committed to ensuring that people with a disability can participate in inclusive sport and active leisure within their community.
Janet McVeagh Recreation (email only)
Provide a range of recreational programmes and services for people of all abilities.
Paralympics New Zealand
Paralympics New Zealand is the recognised National Sporting Organisation for people with disabilities; which supports and encourages sporting opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in all levels, from club level, regional and national competition through to international competition.
Recreate Auckland
Recreate Auckland is a Charitable Trust established to provide holistic recreational opportunities that enhance the social, emotional and physical development of young people with disabilities while also providing support and respite for their parents and families.
Sailability
Sailability in NZ provides opportunities for physically disabled young people & adults to learn to sail, or just to experience being on a sailing boat.
StarJam
Creates opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in the performing arts.

Rights and Responsibilities

Health and Disability Commissioner
An independent agency that promotes and protects the rights of people who use health and disability services.
Human Rights Commission
Supporting human rights towards a fair and just society for the people of New Zealand.

 

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