Information articles

October 5, 2020
Maori girl sitting on a bench

Te Ao Māori and disability

By Louise Ratcliffe, Information Officer According to the Household Disability Survey from 2013 “Māori and Pacific people had higher-than-average disability rates, after adjusting for differences in […]
September 3, 2020
Guide to 2020 Election for Disabled People

What you need to know about voting in the 2020 general election: A guide for voting with disabilities

by Emily Acraman, Parent to Parent Researcher Voting in the general election is an important way to have your say about the issues that are important […]
August 5, 2020
Two people sitting on a couch sneezing

Winter bug protection

By Louise Ratcliffe, Information Officer I love Winter. Cold, crisp air. Big blue sky. Wearing all my hand-knits finally after 9 months of baking in a […]
July 3, 2020

Wellbeing Support for the Education Sector

New frontline support to promote mental health and wellbeing in schools, as a response to COVID-19. On June 19, 2020, Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin […]
June 11, 2020

Budget 2020 – Biggest Disability Funding Increase Ever

New Zealand Budget 2020 – The Biggest Disability Funding Increase Ever  The 2020 Budget was announced on the 14th of May, and with it came the news that Disability Support Services are getting […]
June 9, 2020

Innovative ways to use funding during COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced Carer Support Funding can be used for anything that gives you a break from your carer responsibilities. Below is some information from their website.   Carer Support […]
May 8, 2020

Food allergies & intolerances

By Lisa Pirihi – Support Parent Coordinator for Parent to Parent  Food Allergies and Intolerances An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to a […]
March 2, 2020

Employment and disability

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(hons). Support and Information Team Leader  The draft Disability Employment Action1 plan was put out for consultation from 25th November 2019 through to 21st February 2020.  […]
February 13, 2020

Quality of the sibling relationship

A new study reveals having a sibling with an intellectual disability provides an opportunity for a better-quality sibling relationship with higher levels of empathy and closeness, […]
January 30, 2020

Peer inclusion & understanding autism in the classroom

 Tips to support peer inclusion and understanding of autism in the classroom A guide for parents and educators Peer attitudes towards individuals with autism play a […]
December 10, 2019

Feeling judged as a parent of a child with special needs

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc (Hons) – Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc Parents constantly feel under scrutiny thanks to media portrayals of ‘ideal family life’, and the […]
December 1, 2019

Travelling with children with disabilities

By Julie Peake Former Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism researcherB Soc. Sci (Hons) (Psychology and Sociology), Dip Social Work, PG Dip SSS  Travelling can be challenging, […]
November 1, 2019

Second Generation – Developing a Life Plan

By Lisa Pirihi – Accountabilities Coordinator for Parent to Parent Developing a life plan, or future planning, for a child or family member with a disability helps to […]
October 1, 2019
Sad teen boy sitting at the beach looking at sunset

Health Spotlight: Depression

What is it?  Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. It isn’t the same as depression caused by a loss, such […]
October 1, 2019
Big group of kids smiling for group photo

Why is Sibling Support important?

By JULIE PEAKE, B.Soc.Sci (Hons – Psychology & Sociology), Dip Social Work, PG Dip SS Supervision. Registered Social Worker.    When a child in a family has a disability and/or […]
September 1, 2019
Adolescents and anxiety article by the support and information team

Adolescents and Anxiety

By Alicia King, Information Officer  Rise of adolescents suffering from anxiety  According to Ministry of Health (2018) the number of adolescents suffering from anxiety over the […]
August 15, 2019
Man receiving diagnosis from specialist.

Adult Autism Diagnosis

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(hons) Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc  What?  The process of diagnosing Autism in a person over the age of 18 is […]
June 28, 2019

Parenting and puberty – how to navigate “The Agony and Ecstasy Years” with a special-needs child

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(Hons) – Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc Puberty can be a challenging and tumultuous time not just for kids, but also […]
May 16, 2019

Picky eating

Picky eating.  Every parent will have a story to tell when it comes to children and food.  If your child’s eating is causing ongoing distress, trust your […]
April 5, 2019

Accessing the NASC

Disability support services to assist you to reach your goals and maximise independence, NASC is the first step for people living with a disability to access government funded […]
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