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2024 IHC Art Award Winners Announced
Media release
July 12, 2024
Amy Hall from Auckland has won the annual IHC Art Awards and a $5,000 prize with her needlework self-portrait, Love Cats.
New Zealand’s Intellectual Disability Crisis: Urgent Health Policy Reforms Needed
Media release
July 8, 2024
IHC New Zealand says specific, targeted health policies are necessary to bridge the life expectancy gap between people with intellectual disability and the rest of New Zealand.
$90 million investment for specialist schools only supports 0.6 percent disabled learners
Media release
June 14, 2024
IHC New Zealand says today’s announcement to invest $90 million into specialist schools is a win for them and the students they serve, however it’s funding that could be utilised to fix a broken system for the 99.4 percent of disabled students who attend their local mainstream school.
Budget funding an opportunity to change the lives of intellectually disabled New Zealanders
Media release
May 31, 2024
Director of Advocacy Tania Thomas says targeted support is critical for the pressing needs of this community which has the worst outcomes of all New Zealanders
Charter school funding boost is the wrong step
Media release
May 14, 2024
The coalition government’s move to boost funding for charter schools is counterintuitive.
People with intellectual disabilities shut out of tech advancements
Media release
May 6, 2024
The IHC report, From Data to Dignity, shows only 69% of people with intellectual disabilities have access to the internet.
Disabled people falling victim to the work-readiness trap
Media release
April 19, 2024
IHC New Zealand wants to see more employers cut through the red tape when hiring people, particularly those with an intellectual disability.
Lack of political will to improve lives of disabled people in New Zealand
Media release
April 9, 2024
Once again, the one in four New Zealanders with a disability are not a priority for this Government, says IHC New Zealand.
"How do disabled people live their lives when the Government presses pause?"
Media release
March 20, 2024
IHC New Zealand is asking Whaikaha to clarify changes to disabled people’s funding and what it means moving forward.
Government report ignores our most vulnerable
Media release
March 14, 2024
IHC New Zealand is dismayed that a new Government report, billed as a “nationwide picture of the population’s health,” ignores the 47,000 people with intellectual disability in New Zealand.