Support Groups

Disability Connect offers cultural special support groups to families with children of special needs as part of the CALD service (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Disability Information and Advisory Service) for different ethnic groups. We have a ”Chinese Families Autism Support Group” that runs every third Tuesday of a month in Pakuranga and also a “Parents’ Support Group” which runs monthly on a Thursday at Mt Richmond School  and an “Indian Families Social Group” which runs monthly on a Monday in Otahuhu. We welcome all families with special needs to join the relevant support group. It is a great opportunity for parents to share their experience and network with each other.  Please contact Sanny, Asoka or Robyn at Disability Connect for more information or bookings, phone 09 526 1298 (DDI) Sanny /09 636 0351 or email or or


We do not charge parents to attend our seminars, however we charge professionals $50 each per seminar. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit. We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments. We are happy to send an invoice at the time of booking. Payment is required prior to attendance.


Chinese Families Autism Support Group

We are delighted to announce the first meeting of Chinese Families Autism Support Group meeting in 2018.

Families are often confused with the types of support that they may be eligible for from Work and Income. Therefore, this meeting is going to explain the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability.  Eligibility criteria will be explained – also whether particular supports are means tested or not, and income thresholds if they are.

Lisa Martin, CEO at Disability Connect will deliver this presentation in English and it will be interpreted into Mandarin.  Print copies of the presentation (in English) will be available.  The presentation is starting promptly at 10am.

For catering purposes it is important to register for this meeting. You can register in English or Chinese by emailing Sanny at Disability Connect  You can also phone 09 636 0351 to book over the phone (English). Click here for a map link to the venue. Click here to view the flier in English or to view the flier in Chinese Click here.

Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 9:30am till 1pm
Social Room, Te Tuhi
13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Free entry and ample free car parking (at rear of building)
Complimentary light lunch included


Parents’ Support Group – Mt Richmond

Caring for disabled/special-needs family members

For catering purposes it is important to register your interest. Please email Disability Connect ( phone 09 636 0351 or text Asoka at 027 457 8571 or email ( to book. Click here for a map link to the venue.

Thursday – 5:30pm till 8pm
22nd February, 22nd March, 19th April, 24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 23rd August, 20th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 13th December (2018).

Mt Richmond School
30 Albion Road, Otahuhu, Auckland
Free entry and ample free car parking
Complimentary light supper included


Indian Parents Social Group – Otahuhu

Disability Connect wishes you a Happy New Year! We are delighted to welcome back our Indian families to the South Auckland Support Group (Otahuhu).  This Parent Support Group meeting is for Indian Families raising a child or supporting a person with a disability.

Monday – 6pm till 8pm
5th March, 9th April, 7th May, 11th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September, 8th October, 5th November

Otahuhu Town Hall and Community Centre
High Street, Otahuhu
Free entry and ample free car parking
Free light supper included

This meeting would be in a relaxed ‘conversational’ environment, without an official speaker – everyone is free to talk amongst themselves, make new friends, connect for support, or just ask any questions that you’re interested in.  Asoka Gamage-Mendis from Disability Connect will be hosting these evenings. Children are welcome to attend as long as they are supervised by a parent or sibling.

Please let everyone who might be interested know about this group meeting – we are welcoming, warm and approachable and want to provide a supportive environment where everyone is free to chat, ask questions or just be surrounded by others in a similar situation.

At Disability Connect we work inclusively and cross-culturally with the ethnically diverse community of Auckland.

For catering purposes it is important to register for this meeting. You can register by emailing Disability Connect or You can also phone 09 636 0351 or text 027 457 8571. Click here for a map link to the venue.





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