November 25, 2022

The word ‘jolt’ can mean shocking someone or something into change. And change is something that drives Christchurch-based dance company Jolt.

“We need to challenge this whole deficit view of disability,” says Artistic Director Lyn Cotton. “We need to see people as individuals with their own unique way of moving and thinking.”

Jolt is an inclusive dance company made up of people with intellectual disabilities. It was founded by Lyn in 2001.

November 25, 2022

Rochelle Waters and Joel Forman are part of Move, a programme run by Christchurch-based dance company Jolt.

Rochelle and Joel teach regular classes and workshops and are the presenters of Jolt’s Zoom sessions on IHC Media at 11am on Wednesdays.

November 25, 2022

After spending most of this year looking for work, Gabe Beyrer found it, right on his doorstep in his favourite café.

Every Sunday for as long as he can remember Gabe has had lunch after church on Sundays at Terra Viva Café with his mum, Jenny. Now he works there too.

November 25, 2022

Sarah Dann-Hoare is out to convince employers that young disabled people make great employees.

She has set up a training café to give young people a start in the workforce. Flourish Café opened in Takapuna in August – an initiative by Project Employ with support from the IHC Foundation.

November 25, 2022

A new national secure facility in Porirua is trying to achieve an uneasy balance between providing privacy and therapy and managing high-risk behaviour.

August 5, 2022

This was his magic moment. The korowai came down off the wall and was draped around Shelby Porowini’s shoulders. It meant he was now one of the big kids and was going to school.

Shelby didn’t know what was happening, says his mum Stephanie Porowini. “He just thought he was having a party and he had seen the other kids doing it and thought, this is cool. It’s my turn now.”