IHC Salutes Recognition of People with Disabilities
IHC salutes the recognition of people with disabilities with a Ministerial role back inside Cabinet
IHC is delighted to see that Disability Issues is being recognised as a high priority with a Ministerial position inside Cabinet.
IHC advocates for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities and supports them to live satisfying lives in the community.
“Many people with disabilities in New Zealand are still trying to get the same chance at life as anyone else,” says IHC Director of Advocacy, Trish Grant. “We all know that in order for this to happen, people with disabilities need to be considered in all legislation and policy – and in some cases some extra support is required.
“Acknowledging the importance of this with a role in cabinet is an excellent first step for this Government.”
IHC looks forward to working closely with Minister Carmel Sepuloni and recognises her experience through her previous work in the sector.
IHC was founded in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted equal treatment from the education and health systems for their children with intellectual disabilities. The IHC of today is still striving for these same rights and is committed to principles of advocating for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with an intellectual disability. We support people with an intellectual disability to lead satisfying lives and have a genuine place in the community.
We have 5000 staff working to support 6000 people in IDEA Services that include residential care, supported living and vocational support. We also lobby and advocate for the human rights of all people with an intellectual disability at both a national and an international level. We raise money and awareness of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities through our charitable activities, including an extensive advocacy programme, a one-to-one volunteer programme and the country’s largest specialist intellectual disability library.