Auckland school boy Brooklyn started signing when he was two. He’s used to people staring when he signs – usually they just want him to teach them some simple phrases.
Whānau, family and carers
There is plenty of support and information available at a local level as well. Here are some local organisations and services that will be able to give you support, education and help with advocacy.
Changing Places are high-specification facilities designed and built to cater to the needs of people with significant physical impairments. The first one of it’s kind in New Zealand has just opened at Hamilton Gardens.
It’s important to talk with your teen honestly and openly — and without judgement. Good communication with your teen means they’re more likely to come to you when they have any questions or concerns, or if they need help with something.
Find out about workplace modification funding.
Respite and Carer Support are funded by the Ministry of Health and provide an opportunity for you to get a much needed break. But, there are also other ways you can take time out to relax and unwind.
Here’s some ideas for support available for people with disabilities who want to go flatting.
Lynne Hansen is a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. In this article Lynne looks at the challenges parents face in having their children’s learning needs met and how they access support through the education system.
There are a number of challenges to university study for people with autism. Learn more about some of the supports available.
Penni Winter has some reassuring advice for parents whose children have been recently diagnosed with autism