Disability Connect News

Collaboration amongst Disability Providers and Families
The Present and Future Disability Sector (and some of the Past too)
‘What happens when we’re no longer here to care for our loved one with a disability’
Disability Connect has a Social Worker
Pushpay Donation for Disability Connect

Collaboration amongst Disability Providers and Families – Our vision is to create connections, awareness and understanding amongst the disability community of Auckland. In 2017 Disability Connect and several other professionals from the disability sector organized and hosted three separate networking meetings for providers, schools and families in the south Auckland region. In 2018 we are expanding this project to the central/west Auckland and north Auckland regions. The disability sector includes organisations and professionals with experience and expertise that can help families. These meetings aim to inform you about the sector and various supports available. Families are central to the community – good relationships with professionals and opportunity to connect with each other are key to knowing where, what and how we can gain support for our loved one with a disability, and all work better together. Keep an eye out for our upcoming family’s workshop in the West Auckland area.

The Present and Future Disability Sector (and some of the Past too)
To read this click here. This was a forum for parents of an individual with a disability held on evening of Monday 28th August at Onehunga Community House. This is a follow up forum to the June ‘What happens when we’re no longer here to care for our loved one with a disability’ forum. At this August forum we heard presentations by Ministry of Health representatives on the current disability services which families may be eligible for, how to access them, Individualised Funding, and information on the development of the New Model for supporting people with a disability (ie: Enabling Good Lives). Representatives from Taikura Trust, Ministry of Social Development (including Work and Income) and Housing NZ were present to address questions. This forum was filmed and is now available on the homepage of our website www.disabilityconnect.org.nz If you have any questions arising from this forum and the topics discussed please forward them directly to Lisa Martin, CEO Disability Connect at lisa@disabilityconnect.org.nz

‘What happens when we’re no longer here to care for our loved one with a disability’
Click here to view the video footage of the entire forum or click on the blue title above to access the video. On Wednesday 28th June Disability Connect delivered a parents forum focussing on the issue ‘What happens when we’re no longer here’. This was the first such parents forum and was the pre-curser to the above mentioned Present and Future Disability Sector forum mentioned above. This original June forum was very well attended with 97 parents and 10 staff from Disability Connect, Ministry of Health and Taikura Trust. We gathered a lot of feedback about the issues that concern parents as well as useful information from Ministry of Health about the Disability System Transformation currently underway. We welcome any further feedback or questions to admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz

Disability Connect has a Social Worker
This social worker role is to provide advocacy, support and practical help to families and individuals with a disability. Click on the this link to find out more about this service which is free to families. We welcome new referrals either directly from families or from professionals. Referral forms are available on our website.

Pushpay Donation for Disability Connect
Disability Connect is a not for profit organisation and as such we continually fundraise to provide free ongoing, quality disability information and advisory services to people with a disability and their families. We now have a donation mechanism set up on our website. If you wish to donate to us please click this link to do so using your credit card https://pushpay.com/pay/DisabilityConnect/oCYqk_8DUzVodWH-5uiHzQ or you can donate using credit card via mobile phone by texting Disconn to 818 – if you are asked to state an area code either use your own (if you know it) or use 1061 which is the Disability Connect area code. All donations are very gratefully received. Disability Connect provides information, advice and proactive support by: Face to Face meetings with disabled people and/or families to help them navigate the system, Phone/email consultations, Print Publications (Networker magazine, Four Go Flatting, Disability Support Guide), Seminars (covering topics such as Individualised Funding, Living Options, Transition out of School, Planning for Adulthood, Education Legal Issues and Work and Income Supports), Social Work service, Culturally Diverse Disability Information and Advice, Fortnightly E bulletin, Website and Social Media, Thank you for considering donating to Disability Connect. We enjoy serving the Auckland community with relevant, up to date and accurate disability information and advice. When you send ‘DisConn’ to 818 you will receive a one-time reply containing a link to give to Disability Connect (1msg/request). Please be aware that Msg & Data rates may apply. For full Terms & Conditions please visit https://pushpay.com/terms. For the Privacy Policy please visit https://pushpay.com/privacy. For help reply HELP or STOP to cancel.

 

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