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Where to live and who to live with

Leaving home is a major change for all young people.

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Work and Income support

Work and Income provides financial support to people with disabilities and their families.

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Getting a job

People with disabilities have the same rights to employment as everyone else but they often find it difficult to get a job. There are ways to help.

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Supporting decision-making

All of us, at times, use the support of others when making decisions. People with an intellectual disability will go through a similar process but may need additional support.

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Supporting ageing

Being well prepared makes our final years less stressful. Here are some ways families can support people with an intellectual disability to prepare for retirement and beyond.

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While people with intellectual disabilities have inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes, there are ways you can support their good health.

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Future planning for parents

Planning will help make sure that the people who matter most to you are provided for if you no longer can look after them.

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Having fun

Everyone wants the opportunity to have some fun. Social and recreational activities provide a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment, enhance social skills and boost self-esteem.

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Writing submissions

Submissions are a way to contribute to the decision-making processes of government, councils, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, government departments and other agencies.

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Financial help for people with disabilities and their families

Work and Income provides financial help for people with disabilities and their families.

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Protection from abuse

People of all ages with intellectual disabilities can be at risk of abuse. It’s important to know what you can do to reduce the risk and how to report any safety concerns.

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Accessing funding for support

Families tell IHC that it is difficult to navigate the disability support system. Getting as much accurate information as you can about what is available in your region will help you access any funding available for your family member.

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Standing up for your rights

Advocacy is to do with rights. The main goal of advocacy is to ensure that a person’s ‘voice’ is heard and their rights are recognised and realised. Disability Advocacy ensures the human and legal rights of people with disabilities are promoted and protected so that people with intellectual disabilities are valued and they can enjoy satisfying lives.

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Raising concerns

You may have concerns about the service from a government-funded agency, organisation or service. Government-funded organisations are required to have a complaints process which they should make you aware of.

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