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Research and ideas that inform ABLE COMICS

This page will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis as changes occur in disability policy and provision. 

Whaikaha – The Ministry of Disabled People

From July 1st 2022 Whaikaha – The Ministry of Disabled People, operating, as a departmental agency within the Ministry of Social Development will act as a single point of contact for disabled people, undertaking the administration of disability support, and the rolling out of Enabling Good Lives. Whaikaha has the power to advise and recommend policy and the Office for Disability Issues has been incorporated into Whaikaha.

Disability System Transformation

19 May 2022. This paper provides an update on progress toward the establishment of a Ministry for Disabled People (‘the new Ministry’) and the national implementation of the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support services and identifies future opportunities for further disability system transformation once the new Ministry is established and fully operational

The Human Rights Commission

We work across New Zealand to increase human rights standards in law, policy and practice. As New Zealand’s national human rights institution we work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.


The Ministry of Education     

Learning support  - Learning support refers to the additional support some children and young people need to engage and achieve in education. 


The Ministry of Health     

Disability services - Read about the range of services to support people with disabilities – and the people who care for them. 


The Office of Disability Issues    

Welcome - We are the focal point in government on disability issues. We are working toward a vision of New Zealand being a non-disabling society - a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations. 


Enabling Good Lives

Through Enabling Good Lives, disabled people and their families will have greater choice and control over their lives and supports, and make more use of natural and universally available supports. 


Disability Connect

Disability Connect is a Disability Information Advisory Service. Our mission is to empower disabled people and their families through leading social change.


Donald Beasley Institute

The Donald Beasley Institute is a national, independent, non-profit organisation based in Dunedin, which undertakes disability research and education.


IHC Library     

Our Library is free to use and open to anyone living in New Zealand. We have information on all aspects of intellectual disability, autism and other developmental disabilities built up over many years.

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