Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Funding For Autism Training

22 March 2002 Media Statement

Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson today announced new funding for training caregivers of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Speaking at the Autism New Zealand Conference in Auckland, Ms Dyson said the Ministry of Health would provide $319,000 over three years for training informal caregivers such as family members. The training programme will be run by Autism New Zealand.

The funding comes on top of more than $900,000 over three years for the organisation’s Early Bird programme, which is being rolled out nationally after successful pilots in Wellington and Nelson. The three-month programme works in partnership with parents and carers of pre-school children to help them understand their child’s autistic spectrum disorder, develop their child’s communication and manage their behaviour.

“The focus of the Early Bird programme on pre-school children is important because all the research shows that the earlier the diagnosis of ASD is made, and the sooner appropriate programmes are put in place, the better the outcomes,” Ms Dyson said.

“The new funding will give parents access to further support if they need it.”

Ruth Dyson acknowledged that there were still gaps in services for people with ASD. However, she said progress was being made in many areas, including workforce development, research, and funding for respite care, home support and flexible living options.

Ms Dyson said the New Zealand Disability Strategy supported the demands of people with ASD and their families to be involved in the development of appropriate policy and services.

“Among the 15 objectives of the New Zealand Disability Strategy are objectives to foster leadership by people with disabilities, foster an aware and responsive public service, and value families, whanau and people providing ongoing support.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>


Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>


Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>


PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>





Featured InfoPages