Strong Voices

Empowered Lives

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November 30, 2020

These days Nick Dow steers clear of recruiters. Their ‘tick-box’ approach defeats his attempts to get a job.

At last count Nick had applied for more than 400 roles since leaving university, but recruiters can’t see beyond his disabilities. He is autistic and has mild cerebral palsy. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a diploma in arts.

November 30, 2020

The past year will be remembered by most of us for COVID-19 and lockdowns. But that’s not the case for a group of extraordinary people who are beating a path to the winners’ podium this year.

IHC nominated people in three categories for the Attitude Awards 2020 – and all of them reached the finals. As this magazine is delivered, they will be finding out if they are winners.

November 30, 2020

People with intellectual disabilities have lost a strong advocate and a true friend with the death of Charlie Waigth in Auckland.

Charlie died on 9 November 2020 at the age of 96 after working for 50 years with IHC to make lives better for disabled people.

Charlie wasn’t a person to sit back and wait for other people to help. He was one of a breed of do-it-yourselfers in IHC who built our services from the ground up.

November 30, 2020

Welcome to Strong Voices. We have relaunched Community Moves with a new name and a clear message – listen to us.

Community Moves was the name given to the magazine in 1992 when people with intellectual disabilities were moving out of institutions into the community. The new title Strong Voices reflects our priorities in 2020: supporting people to have greater choice and control over the services they use and connections they make.

November 30, 2020

IHC will soon be introducing community centres in towns and cities around New Zealand.

The green light came from the IHC Board at its latest meeting in Wellington on 22 October. On the same day the IDEA Services Board agreed to make some changes to the way we deliver support services during the day.

November 30, 2020

Four young guys in a coffee cart are brewing their best coffee and learning what it takes to make a living.

Nathan Owre, Adam Faithful, Ruairidh Morrison and Callum Boyd each have a disability and haven’t found it easy to walk into jobs in Whangārei. But their coffee-cart business is giving them a shot at being employed and providing a service doing something they love.