1 April 2022: Submission to High Needs Review

IHC says disabled students’ families, and the professionals who support them, are increasingly concerned about a lack of adequate support for disabled students to be at school, and for schools to do their best by them.


26 January 2022: Submission on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill

IHC says this Bill does not improve the lives of children and young people, and says it should instead focus on human rights based approach to protecting and caring for our most vulnerable citizens.


27 October 2021: Submission to Stats NZ on 2023 New Zealand Disability Survey

IHC provides a number of recommendations to ensure the survey is robust and includes all people with an intellectual disability.


28 September 2021: Submission to the Parliamentary Education and Workforce Committee’s inquiry into school attendance

IHC says disabled students should not be disadvantaged and treated less favourably than their non-disabled peers in respect of their right to attend school.


16 December 2020: Response to Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa

IHC says intellectually disabled people first and foremost need to be able to choose where and with whom they live.


25 November 2020: Submission to Stats NZ on 2023 Census

IHC is critical of the use of the Washington Group Short Set (WGSS) questions as they are far less likely to accurately identify people with intellectual disability, learning disability or neuro-diversity.


1 April 2020: Submission on New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill

IHC unreservedly supports the Bill’s intent to ensure that family members who are currently excluded from being paid as care workers are eligible for payment.


14 February 2020: Submission on Education and Training Bill

IHC supports the intent of the Education and Training Bill to establish and regulate an education system that provides New Zealanders with life-long learning opportunities so they engage fully with society.


22 January 2020: Submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care

IHC says institutionalised people have lived diminished lives and need to be compensated and acknowledged.


14 June 2019: Submission to the Ministry of Education consultation on legislative changes to; strengthen the right to education and, transfer provisions regarding special schools and rename special schools

IHC believes that the right to education will be strengthened by sustained policy and administrative actions to ensure that education systems and structures effectively respond to the rights within the Education Act and ensure they are able to be enforced.


30 April 2019: Submission on Minimum Wage Exemption Scheme

IHC strongly supports moves to end the discriminatory practices of the MWE scheme in ways that ensure people with intellectual disabilities receive fair wages.


7 April 2019: Submission on Tomorrow's Schools Review

IHC says the education system is not working well enough for our most disadvantaged children and young people.


5 April 2019: Submission on Reform of Vocational Education

IHC says it is critical that the reform of Vocational Education recognises that improved employment outcomes for disabled people and people with additional learning support needs is reliant on having equitable access to and outcomes from a quality public and inclusive education system.


4 April 2019: Submission on Arms Amendment Bill

IHC strongly supports the swift moves being taken, in the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack, to limit the availability and use of semi-automatic firearms, magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.


18 March 2019: Submission on He taonga te tamaiti: Every child a taonga - Strategic plan for early learning 2019-29

IHC is concerned that the current draft of the plan will not create an inclusive early learning system because it does not establish the reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure children with disabilities enjoy early childhood education and care on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers.


30 January 2019: Submission on Budget Policy Statement 2019

IHC supports the Government’s move to use a wellbeing approach in the Budget process, but says greater consideration needs to be given to how it applies to people with intellectual disabilities.


5 December 2018: Submission on the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

IHC strongly supports development of the strategy, stating it's the best opportunity New Zealand has to embed and give effect to children's rights in legislation, policy and practice development and implementation, and to create the conditions that allow every child to have their best childhood.


9 November 2018: Submission to Welfare Expert Advisory Group

IHC recommends care is taken with how welfare reform proposals are framed to ensure the welfare system, and the social contract on which it is based, is inclusive.


9 November 2018: Submission to the Independent Panel considering the 2014 changes to the family justice system

IHC says for people with intellectual disabilities to be active participants in legal issues and processes, they require legal information to be communicated in a way they can understand.


9 November 2018: Feedback on NZ Government Draft Report to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

IHC is extremely disappointed to see the work on improving health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities is being 're-scoped in line with the new government's priorities and manifesto commitments'.


31 October 2018: Submission on the Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan

IHC says the Plan must result in students with intellectual disability having discrimination-free access to, and outcomes from, education at their local school.


17 October 2018: Comment on Health Homes Standards

IHC asks that the rights, needs and circumstances of people with intellectual disability and their families, across the lifespan, be actively considered in the development of Healthy Homes Standards.


17 October 2018: Comment on Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

IHC says any legal reform should build in supports and safeguards that protect people with intellectual disability from being taken advantage of in the rental market, while at the same time ensuring they have choice and control over their living and inclusion in the community.


10 October 2018: Comment on Draft National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research

IHC says incorporating supported decision making and supported consent, as has been done in the Draft Standards, is a positive step in both aligning with New Zealand's obligations under the UNCRPD and giving practical ways to support and safeguard people's rights, consent and participation in research.


24 August 2018: Submission on proposed changes to National Health Index (NHI) system and HISO, the Consumer Health Identity Standard

IHC strongly supports high priority being given to including disability status in the NHI system, but recommends that several changes need to be made to the proposed means of data collection.


12 July 2018: Joint Submission to New Zealand's 3rd Universal Periodical Review (UPR)

The children's sector in New Zealand, incuding IHC, say inequities and discrimination remain significant issues, particularly for Māori children, Pasifika children and children with disabilities. New Zealand’s human rights record will be reviewed in January 2019 by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council as part of the third cycle of the UPR.


5 June 2018: Submission on Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

IHC says people with intellectual disabilities and their families need to be included in all initiatives aimed at reducing inequities, improving education and employment outcomes and addressing the social determinants of poor health.


25 May 2018: Submission to the Governance and Administration Committee on the Local Government (Community Wellbeing) Amendment Bill 2018

IHC says the Bill is an opportunity to promote community wellbeing that is inclusive and takes into account the rights, needs and views of people with intellectual disability and their families.


4 April 2018: Submission to the Social Services and Community Committee on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill 2018

IHC supports the development and implementation of a Child Wellbeing Strategy but says it needs to be broad and inclusive, based on children’s rights and clearly linked to other government initiatives affecting children with disabilities.


4 April 2018: Joint Submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill

The children's sector, including IHC, want to make sure children with disability are visible, counted and included within the community of all children to improve children's wellbeing and reduce child poverty.


6 March 2018: Submission to the Justice Committee on the End of Life Choice Bill 2017

IHC says the Bill fails to balance the fundamental principles which underpin it; sanctity of life, respect for human dignity and autonomy, and protection of the vulnerable.


16 February 2018: Submission to Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

IHC comments on the lack of systems, procedures and supports by which people with intellectual disabilities can realise and enforce their rights; changes to the Disability Support System; and the realisation of certain rights for people with intellectual disabilities.


19 January 2018: Submission to Finance and Expenditure Committee on Budget Policy Statement 2018

IHC says the government needs to increase access to health services and improve outcomes for disabled people with a specific focus on people with intellectual disability.


24 May 2017: Joint Submission on the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill

IHC, CCS Disability Action and Disabled Persons Assembly say the government needs to make sure that domestic violence protections and responses are accessible, and work, for disabled people.


3 March 2017: Submission on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill

IHC says the wellbeing and outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families depends on timely access to flexible, integrated, timely and quality services and supports, including access to universal services.


22 June 2016: Submission on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill 2016

IHC has continued serious concerns about the narrow approach of the welfare reform’s investment approach, and this being entrenched in the rewrite of Social Security legislation.


24 May 2016: Feedback on the New Zealand Disability Strategy Revision – first phase public consultation

IHC says it is timely to update the NZ Disability Strategy in the context of current times, shifts in policy and practice and to align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


18 September 2015: Joint Submission on the Better Family Violence Law Consultation

IHC, CCS Disability Action and Disabled Persons Assembly say protection from domestic violence needs to be accessible and responsive to everyone.


29 May 2015: Submission to the Disabled children: voluntary out-of-home placement review

IHC says disabled children belong in their families, and families should be well supported in their role with access to what is needed for a good life for them and their children.


24 June 2015: Response to the Productivity Commission More Effective Social Services Draft Report

IHC says the limited exploration on the role of the state in supporting its most vulnerable citizens, what is required to support individuals with intellectual disability as active citizens and what is required to build responsive, capable, connected, inclusive communities will lead to limited results.


24 April 2015: Submission on the Ministry of Social Development’s discussion document: Employment, Participation and Inclusion Services

IHC is calling on the Government to review funding of employment, participation and inclusion services to enable easier-to-use systems, fairer processes, more flexible and individually tailored service provision, and community and service development in ways that are sustainable.


15 April 2015: Joint submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A network of Disabled Persons Organisations, including IHC, is calling on the Committee to provide guidance on inclusive education, and what this looks like in practice, to ensure an enforceable right to education.