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May 26, 2022

Finding a love match when you have an intellectual disability is not an easy business. But six people with Down syndrome have tried to do just that with a film crew watching their every move.

Down for Love is a new primetime show screening on TVNZ 2 and filmed by Attitude Pictures.

May 26, 2022

Project SEARCH in Canterbury is finding great jobs for disabled school leavers. The challenge now is to share that success with many more young people.

“Interns are out there working in good jobs and above minimum wage and proving what they can do,” says Project SEARCH tutor Linda Leishman, who is guiding her fourth set of interns this year.

May 26, 2022

Ninety-nine percent of educational professionals surveyed by IHC want a complete overhaul of the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), which funds support in the classroom for high-needs students.

IHC asked 600 families/whānau, educators and medical and allied professionals what needed to change in education for disabled students. Their answers form part of the IHC submission to the Ministry of Education’s Highest Needs Review.

February 28, 2022

Young Porirua people charged with offences no longer have to stand in the dock while lawyers and judges use language they can’t understand and make rules they are unable to follow.

For the past two years Porirua District Court has been trying a new approach for young offenders designed to make their first court appearance also their last court appearance.

This involves taking 18 to 25-year-olds out of the usual District Court and providing extra support to identify any health needs or disabilities they may have, adapting an approach used in the Youth Court.

February 28, 2022

Patrick Williams had always slept well, until that night in May last year when he couldn’t sleep at all. His parents Julie-Ann and Raymond didn’t know what the problem was.

“Eventually he said, ‘It’s sore. I can’t lie on my side’,” Julie-Ann says. “He showed me this half-tennis-ball-size lump in his groin.”

Patrick was in hospital that night and the next day the family was given the diagnosis. “We had a meeting with the doctor, and he said it is looking like testicular cancer that has spread,” she says.

February 28, 2022

The next time you are sitting behind a big rig on the highway, take a look at the tarpaulin covering its load. It might be a Kiwi Tarp, held together thanks to the hard work of Brittany and Anthony.

Brittany Hoyle from Maungaturoto, a small Northland town, has just landed a permanent job with Kiwi Tarp, a manufacturer of retractable truck tarpaulins. She started with the company on work
experience in 2020, and has become an essential part of the team, putting together hardware and bolt kits for the guys out on the road installing the truck tarpaulins.