IHC’s commitment to people with intellectual disabilities goes beyond New Zealand. We contribute our experience to the pool of knowledge and in turn learn from our counterparts overseas.
We work with disability organisations Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe.
Inclusion International is a global federation of family-based organisations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Inclusion Europe is a non-government, non-profit organisation and is committed to advancing human rights and defending the interests of people in Europe with intellectual disabilities.
Our involvement has included having members of our staff, volunteers and people with intellectual disabilities on their executive teams, presenting at conferences and providing support and leadership in the self-advocacy movement.
IHC has taken strong positions on deinstitutionalisation, inclusion and the growth and support of families and self-advocate voices throughout the world.
In the Asia/Pacific we have been a part of an NZAid programme to identify children with intellectual disabilities in their communities, and empower and encourage their families to advocate for their right to education, to work and to be included and to be valued in their communities.
IHC representatives are involved in the development and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.