News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


IHC highlights long road ahead

IHC and Inclusion International are renewing their call to make inclusion a reality in all areas of society for people with intellectual disabilities.

Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – a United Nations mandated day that that aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

IHC Director of Advocacy Trish Grant says it’s a great opportunity to reflect on how far New Zealand has come in making communities truly inclusive, but says we should be much further ahead.

“People with intellectual disabilities continue to face many hurdles here, and it’s shocking to see that more progress hasn’t been made.

“As a developed country, it’s not OK for people with intellectual disabilities to be living in poverty and dying earlier – they need to be experiencing better life outcomes.

“With all of the sweeping reforms the Government is currently undertaking, they must make sure to target this vulnerable population group to ensure they are not left behind.”

Trish says the education sector remains a problem area because children with intellectual disabilities are often not included in the same classroom as their fellow students, or given the same opportunities.

Inclusion International’s first series of conversations will begin in January 2019 on inclusive education.

They say education is the key to a full life in the community.

“We cannot achieve ‘education for all’ without children with intellectual disabilities.”

IHC National Self Advocate and the Asia Pacific representative for Inclusion International, David Corner, says it’s time for action.

“For too long we have been asking that we are treated equally – in education, work and community life.

“Now we are demanding it.

“New Zealand must take the lead to ensure that we are considered valued members of society, and that that the right supports are put in place to make it happen.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: WOMAD - Love Will Lead Us Home

The events of Friday, moments before the gates opened cast an entirely different shadow over the festival and highlight the importance of such events as a way of growing closer together. More>>

Howard Davis: The Puzzling Poetic Praxis of J.H. Prynne - Pt II

Given the historical and socio-cultural context from which Prynne's poetry emerged, a panoptical perspective on what his poems might be trying to say is indispensable to its comprehension. With some sequences this can be an exceptionally demanding challenge, requiring a great deal of perseverance, concentration, and endurance. More>>

Truth And Beauty: 2019 Ockham Book Award Finalists

The Cage by Lloyd Jones, This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman, All This By Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan, and The New Ships by Kate Duignan are shortlisted for the $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. More>>


Measles: Two Measles Cases Notified In Auckland

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking people who may have been exposed to measles in three public locations to be alert to symptoms. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland