December 1, 2021

The Wallaces’ five-week-old baby girl, Edin, was in Starship children’s hospital in Auckland with unexplained seizures.

Her mother Karen was by her side. Edin’s father Rob was nearby in Ronald McDonald House with her two brothers, Ben, 6, and Ryan, 4. Whatever was going to happen to Edin, the Whangārei family was going to face it together.

“Life got flipped upside-down very quickly for us,” Rob says. Edin was in the grip of infantile spasms, or catastrophic childhood epilepsy, which is drug resistant and associated with a range of other conditions.

December 1, 2021

David Simpson had the ground cut from beneath him when his Kaiapoi home was destroyed in the first Christchurch quake. Then the ground shifted again.

Just over two years ago David’s life started to unravel. He split up with his partner of 17 years, and in early 2020 he lost his job and his driver’s licence after an accident in his truck.

Without the stability and support of a partner and a job, David found himself struggling to manage everyday life. A Christchurch community worker contacted IHC Family Liaison Sheridan Myall and asked her to get involved.

December 1, 2021

Across the IHC Group, it’s extremely important for us to protect our colleagues and the people we support from COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, particularly in our services, we have taken advice from the Ministry of Health as alert levels have changed on everything from social distancing and more stringent cleaning to mask use and more flexible work schedules.

In late October the Ministry of Health published a Health Order that made it mandatory for certain health and disability workers to be fully vaccinated.

December 1, 2021

The Government has announced the very welcome news that it will establish a new standalone Ministry for Disabled People.

This marks a fundamental change in the way people are viewed and valued as equal citizens. IHC has pushed for this change and for the Government to see individuals’ lives in their entirety – their income, support, housing, transport and more – rather than defining people by health need and diagnosis.

July 20, 2021

The small Rangitīkei town of Hunterville doesn’t have a lot on offer for a young man at weekends.

So it’s understandable if Jeremy Hill-Hayer decides to stay on in Palmerston North to go to a disco rather than travel home to see his parents.

Life has changed a lot for Jeremy since he moved into an IDEA Services residence in Palmerston North a year ago and signed up with a Choices NZ life coach.

July 20, 2021

IHC now has some powerful support in its long-running legal battle to protect disabled children’s rights to a proper education in mainstream schools.

The Human Rights Review Tribunal and IHC are collecting evidence about the experiences of disabled children in the education system from parents, educators and community groups, ahead of a hearing in that tribunal.