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New provider for Wellington respite centres

Two respite bases in the Wellington region are to be run by Spectrum Care, which is set to take over these two services from IDEA Services.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed plans for IDEA to move out of providing this service.

Home Support transfer to ensure uninterrupted services

IHC is pleased to announce quality home support services for people will continue uninterrupted.

New IHC Board Member wanted

IHC is looking for a family member of a person with an intellectual disability to join our board. IHC has always ensured good family member representation on its board, reflecting the membership and heart of our organisation. 

Reminder: Entries open for IHC Art Awards on 1 June

It's just one month to go until entries for the 2017 IHC Art Awards open online on Thursday 1 June 2017.

13 April: Media Release: IDEA Services says the Associate Health Minister is either unfairly criticising a trusted service provider or is badly misinformed

The Minister has announced today that Explore will pick up the Autism family education and therapy programmes IDEA Services has operated at a loss for the last three years.

12 April: Media Release: IDEA Services – new providers likely for Home Support and Facility-Based Respite

IDEA Services is pleased to announce that it is in talks with two well regarded disability support service providers around Home Support and Facility-Based Respite.

6 April: Media Release: IDEA Services – unable to continue with Autism education and communications programmes for families

We are sorry to announce that IDEA Services has given notice that it simply cannot continue to provide Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) family education and one-to-one communication support programmes following three years of underfunding.

31 March: Media Release: Accessible Properties acquires more than 1100 Tauranga homes

From tonight Accessible Properties will take over the ownership and management of more than 1100 homes from Housing New Zealand in the Tauranga area.

21 March: Services Changes

We are going to make a number of changes to the services we provide through IDEA Services.

Entries for the 2017 IHC Art Awards open 1 June

The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work.

10 February 2017: Media Release: IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul saying respite is not about managing crises

IHC New Zealand backs the call made by Autism New Zealand into reviewing respite care in New Zealand saying far too many people are falling through the cracks.

IHC’s Accessible Properties to take over Housing New Zealand homes in Tauranga

IHC New Zealand is delighted that the contract has been signed with the Government confirming that Accessible Properties will acquire and manage 1140 more homes in Tauranga.

1 December 2016: Media Release: Online schools will create more disparity

IHC is calling for the Government to guarantee rights for children to attend their local school over online schools.

30 November 2016: Media Release: New Disability Strategy ignores justice for all

The Government’s new Disability Strategy makes great promises but remains lightweight on securing fair outcomes for those with intellectual disabilities who find themselves in the justice system.

3 November 2016: Media release: Move to outlaw seclusion rooms overdue

IHC welcomes the Ministry of Education’s move today to outlaw school seclusion rooms and continues to advocate for individualised responses to each child’s needs, with schools having more support and direction.

14 October 2016: Media release: IHC says it’s time to shut seclusion rooms for good

IHC welcomes today’s decision to investigate the use of seclusion rooms in schools and for all to be shut down until a finding is determined.

17 October 2016: Media release: Blenheim to host Take a Moment with us exhibition

An IHC travelling exhibition that provides insight into the lives of people with an intellectual disability opens to the public on Thursday 20 October at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim.

8 October 2016: Media release: UN recommendations push for more inclusion

IHC welcomes the strong recommendations made to the New Zealand government by the United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child, to respect the human rights of disabled children and do more to ensure they are fulfilled.

Education for All Open Letter to Minister

An open letter from the Education for All network was read to the Minister of Education on the steps of Parliament on Thursday 23 September outlining the disappointment and frustration felt by the network at the continued lack of commitment from Government to ensure that disabled people have access to a properly resourced and inclusive education.

Thinking of Colin Meads and family

The thoughts and best wishes of the many people associated with IHC New Zealand are with Colin Meads, Verna and their family and friends at this tough time. The news that Colin is battling pancreatic cancer has saddened us all and we wish him every comfort and time with his family.

Valuing People’s Lives - David Corner’s statement on deaths in Japan

This week I saw the news media about the killing in Japan in an institution for disabled people where 19 people were killed and 26 others were injured by just one person and the media highlighted it as the worse killing in Japan since World War 2.

Intellectual Disability - Citizenship and Rights

A new report from IHC shows that while there have been significant advances for people with intellectual disabilities, progress is still too slow. IHC is launching the Making Citizenship and Rights Real in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities report today. It outlines priorities for ensuring the 35 thousand New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities can live valued and good lives as citizens.

‘Holiday’ wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000.

Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. She likes to collect brochures – particularly ones about holidays – and this has been her inspiration.

15 June 2016: Media release: IHC Congratulates Robert Martin on UN Committee Election

IHC congratulates Robert Martin on his election to the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Robert is the first person with an intellectual disability to be elected to serve on such a committee – however he is no stranger to the UN.

8 June 2016: UN Special Rapporteur to headline Make it Work International Conference – early bird closing soon

IHC is delighted to announce Catalina Devandas Aguilar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a keynote speaker at the IHC Workability International Make it Work Conference in September.

Brent Wilton, Director of Global Workplace Rights at Coca-Cola, and Steve Shepherd, former head of Ranstad’s specialist disability recruitment team in Australia, have also been confirmed as keynote speakers.

Early bird tickets to the conference hosted in Auckland by IHC New Zealand are selling fast. Early bird ticket sales end on Friday 17 June.

11 May 2016 - Yet another patch job for children with disabilities

IHC New Zealand says new money for teacher aides won’t necessarily mean children with disabilities get the education all children deserve.

27 April 2016: Media release: UN Special Rapporteur to headline Make it Work International Conference

IHC is delighted to announce Catalina Devandas Aguilar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a keynote speaker at the IHC Workability International Make it Work Conference in September.

The Workability International Conference is held annually and this year it is being hosted in Auckland by IHC New Zealand.

Brent Wilton, Director of Global Workplace Rights at Coca-Cola, and Steve Shepherd, former head of Ranstad’s specialist disability recruitment team in Australia, have also been confirmed as keynote speakers.

18 April 2016: Media release: NZ Health Strategy promises a better deal for people with intellectual disabilities

IHC welcomes today’s announcement of the NZ Health Strategy and is particularly pleased to see that action is being taken to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities.

IHC Director of Advocacy, Trish Grant, says, “Updating the health strategy to take some action to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities is long overdue.”

7 April 2016: Media release: Finally an equal right for children with disabilities

IHC is welcoming the news that children with disability will finally get equal treatment when going into out of home care.

The Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, announced today that a major state care reform and complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family would take place. It is aiming to improve the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable population. Children with disabilities are over represented in New Zealand’s most vulnerable.

4 April 2016: Entries are now open for the 2016 IHC Art Awards

Entries for the 2016 IHC Art Awards are now open.

The Awards celebrate the creative talents of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. This year artists will be asked to submit full entries online for the first time and now the first stage of judging will also take place there.

9 February 2016: Media release: More evidence that disabled children aren’t getting a fair deal at school

IHC welcomes the survey conducted by NZEI TE Riu Roa of Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) that shows a lack of adequate support for disabled students at school. NZEI’s survey of Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in schools, has revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning. 

Consultation workshops for the update of the Education Act 1989

Consultation for the update of the Education Act 1989 is now open. The Ministry of Education are holding a series of four regional workshops specifically for parents, families and whānau of children with special education needs and disabled people’s organisations. 

28 October 2015: Media Release: Protecting the right to grow up

HC supports Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson’s, call for law change.

IHC has serious concerns about growth attenuation – the process of stunting growth.

IHC Calf & Rural Scheme sales has kicked-off

The IHC Calf & Rural Scheme, supported by PGG Wrightson, had their first sale of the season last Friday.

IHC would like to thank all of those involved with the Calf & Rural Scheme. Without your support it wouldn’t be the success that it is. Thank you to the farmers, our sponsors, transporters, canvassers, volunteers and supporters!