Teenager standing in front of wall with signage for the United Nations

Asperger’s no excuse for Tauranga teen

When 17-year-old Kat Speidell applied to join the Global Leaders Delegation on a 20-day tour of Europe, she was up against masters students from universities all around the country. Kat didn’t think she had a chance — not that she let that stop her when she heard about the opportunity.

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Young woman in orange suit does gymnastic poses on the edge of the Auckland Sky Tower.

Sophie fearless in seeking out new challenges

Sophie Turner lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette Syndrome (Tourette’s). She’s also been diagnosed with autism. It’s an impressive string of letters, but Sophie hasn’t let it get in the way of her goals.

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Communication devices

Communication devices can be used to support the communication needs of people who experience difficulties producing speech or written communication.

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Pendant offers peace of mind exploring

Getting out into the natural world provides valuable opportunities to learn and explore. But, it’s often difficult for parents and caregivers to find safe places to visit if the child or person they care for likes to wander.

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Child in a wheelchair enjoying outdoors with a carer

Getting the support you need

Here’s some information about getting the support you need to make life as independent and enjoyable as possible for your child with a disability.

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