About Us

The Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc. has existed for 23yrs. We are an incorporated society with a membership of 6,700. We have evolved our service over many years to serve the needs of our community.

The Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect has a Disability Information Advisory Services sub-contract with the Ministry of Health and we operate north to Warkworth and south to Te Henga. We also run some seminars outside Auckland and we’re happy to answer any calls or post our print publications anywhere in New Zealand.

We are a not for profit organisation and depend on limited contract funding so we very much appreciate donations to enable us to continue to deliver our quality service to families experiencing disability. Click here to donate to Disability Connect.

We have 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff members:

Lisa Martin, Centre Director

Virginia Desai, Financial Administrator

Robyn Hoffman, Information Advisor and Administration

Angela Walter, Social Worker

Sanny Chan, Community Disability Cultural Advisor – speaks Mandarin and Cantonese

Asoka Gamage-Mendis, Community Disability Cultural Advisor

We have 8 Board members:

Colleen Brown, Board Chair

Sharon King, Secretary

Anne Martin (no photo)

Heather Madill

Vasantha Naidoo

Noel Morrison (no photo)

Martine Abel

Tim Sutton

Whilst we are not specific to any one particular disability we can answer most questions posed to us so please feel free to call. We are open weekdays 9am till 4.30pm. Our contact details are:

Disability Connect
3b Olive Road
PO Box 13385
Phone 09 636-0351
Email admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz

Disability Connect also has a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Disability Information Advisory Services (CALD DIAS) contract with Counties Manukau District Health Board. We target this cultural service to the Chinese, Indian, south Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Hispanic community. However, we never say no to anyone so please call us – we are confident we can help you!

Our CALD DIAS service features support groups for the Chinese, Indian and Culturally Inclusive communities of Auckland raising a child with a disability – all welcome! Support groups run once per month (ie: 3x support groups per month) and include lunch or supper, a speaker at each event (or disability advisor expertise) and print publications.

Disability Connect established a social work service 2yrs ago to meet the needs of families experiencing more complex and high risk situations involving disability. This service is free and open access with no strict criteria. Click here to access the application forms for our social work service.


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