Strong Voices

Empowered Lives

July 20, 2021

It’s interesting to think now and then about the idea that the next generations will grow up to do jobs and have experiences we haven’t even thought of yet.

This edition of ‘Strong Voices’ contains some great examples of young people breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes and cutting their own paths in the world.

November 30, 2020

It was like an early Christmas. One after the other couriers arrived at IHC’s national office in Wellington bearing packages of all shapes and sizes. These were works that had made it through the judges’ first selection for the IHC Art Awards 2020.

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

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.