Starting school is an important milestone for every child. If your child has a disability, you will want to begin planning early to make sure the supports your child will need are in place before they start school.
Whānau, family and carers
When it comes to transition to adult services, you can never start planning too early. Here are some key tips for getting organised and supporting young people to help plan for a fulfilling future.
Mark Shanks, an experienced special education professional, shares his tips for helping teens succeed at secondary school.
UPDATED 1 October 2018 – Disabled people and their whānau have been asking for change to disability support services for some time. Find out about the planned changes and how they will affect you.
When it comes to sporting achievers Honey Hireme is right up there having represented New Zealand in three sports, but for her one of her biggest achievements came recently with a disabled teenager.
Daniel Holt has a different view of the world. Living with albinism means he’s sensitive to bright lights – but it’s also given him an edge.
Barbara Tane’s father worked until he was 82; there is every chance she will do the same. “I can’t see myself stopping soon.” An older brother and sister in their mid-70s still work full-time; another has just retired.
Climbing a mountain and getting caught in a volcanic explosion might have changed the direction of William Pike’s life but plunging into the depths of the ocean challenges him now.
If you are finding it hard to cover the costs of transport, here are some places you can get help.
If you feel you need some extra support when dealing with organisations, healthcare providers or government departments like Work and Income, here are some places you can get advice.