Disability Information and Advisory Support Services
In Northland, there are a range of organisations providing a Disability Information Advisory Service about a specific disability, or disability in general.
Get more information about these individual organisations and how to contact them in Northland.
The latest edition of ‘Getting Out There’ will be published with the Northern Advocate on Tuesday 29th July 2014 and this year it promises to be even bigger and better.
As with the two previous versions of ‘Getting Out There’ this will be a valuable booklet to keep handy. It is a guide to ‘Getting Out There’, for people with disabilities, older people and their families.
Northland Alzheimer’s Society is set to open the doors of its new million-dollar facility in September. The building opens on September 12, but the moving has already begun with offices being relocated from their old 130sq m building on Western Hills Dr, to the new 568sq m facility on Corks Rd, Tikipunga.
Lack of space was the main reason for the new build with constant overcrowding at the old facility.
“We were tripping over each other at the old building,” said general manager Kevin Salmon. “With more space we will have more room and, hopefully, it will increase the number of day programmes we can offer.”
Read the Northern Advocate article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11298296
Parkinson’s Northland share their July Newsletter with updates from the office and your Community Educators.
Be sure to make a note of the new venue for your monthly support group meetings, and if you are newly diagnosed and under 65 there is a get together being held on Sunday July 27th at Jolt Café, more information on the events calendar here.
This month there is also a very informative fact sheet included on Parkinson’s and Tremor. Parkinsons_and_Tremor_Fact_Sheet.pdf
At recent meetings people were concerned about lack of choice and or quality in delivery of Respite Care, Community Participation and Daily Vocational Service in the Far North.
We wish to have feedback from people with Disabilities, Parents of Children/adults with Disabilities, Carers and other interested parties on your issues.
Our intention is to gather data to provide us with information about what is currently available and what you the people want in terms of respite services and community participation services in the Far North. With this information we will be able to put a strong case before appropriate Government Ministries.
The following is a media release from NorthAble dated 15 July 2014. The Northern Advocate newspaper article published 21st July 2014 can be read here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11296806
Northland EnCompass Heads South
A Northland Needs Assessment Service Coordination organisation has thought outside the square to deliver services in a different way to benefit their clients – now the programme is being piloted elsewhere in New Zealand.
“Once one has that mind change, things become incredibly clear…like finally taking your head out of a helmet of fog.”
Those ‘aha’ moments make the difference - read about our CEO’s ‘aha’ moment and the resulting clarity that has propelled him back to his office chair.
In 2013, Statistics New Zealand carried out their fourth national survey on disability.
Data from this, the most comprehensive source of information on disabled people in New Zealand, is currently being released and the first publication focuses on the prevalence of disability across population subgroups and on disability rates for specific impairment types.
Key findings from the survey show that in Northland 19 percent of our population have physical limitations and 7 percent have learning difficulties – both higher than the national rates of 14 percent and 4 percent, respectively.