If your child is going to school, make an appointment with your child’s teacher and principal and discuss the impact that the disability will have on your child’s learning needs. Ensuring children with intellectual disabilities and their families are welcomed and included into regular classrooms is a priority for IHC.

Children with Disabilities

  • Have the right to be enrolled and included at their local school
  • Have the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities as other students of the same age
  • Have the right to have their individual learning and development needs met and appropriate accommodations made so they can access the school curriculum and participate in school life
  • Have the right to seamless education from when their needs are identified until they leave the education system.


B4 School Checks

Some pre-school children with disabilities will have had their needs assessed by Ministry of Education Early Intervention staff and services should therefore be in place for them when they start school. Sometimes a child’s learning and development needs will be identified at the B4 School Check and some may not be identified until after they start school.

The B4 School Check is a nationwide programme offering a free health and development check for 4-year-olds. The B4 School Check aims to identify and address any health, behavioural, social, or developmental concerns that could affect a child’s ability to get the most benefit from school, such as a hearing problem or communication difficulty.

Information about this service can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

More information about IHC

IHC Library

Our Library is free to use to anyone living in NZ. We have information on all aspects of intellectual disability, autism and other developmental disabilities.


IHC provides advocacy support wherever there is a need to stand up for the rights of all people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand.

Specialist Services

IDEA Specialist Services provides a range of services to children and families with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.