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Minister denies claims of reduction in funding for IDEA Services

The Ministry of Health and the Minister for Disability Issues have both denied a reduction in funding for IDEA Services led to cuts of support programmes for people with Autism. Tony Atkinson, Disability Support Services Group Manager, rejected claims of

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Thousands on the Autism Spectrum have support cut

Members of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community have been left reeling after news that IDEA Services will no longer provide support to families due to funding cuts by the Ministry of Health. Three popular and successful support programmes will

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Banning Seclusion Rooms came too late for some disabled students

Seclusion is unacceptable in any school, and recent incidents continue a sorry trend for the Ministry of Education. In the aftermath of what happened at Mirimar Central School, there is no question that better measures need to be put in

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13-Year Old Denied NZ Residency Because Of Autism

Immigration New Zealand’s decision to not allow a disabled 13-year old permanent residency is set to have the disability sector up in arms this week. In simple terms, if you are not a New Zealand-born citizen and you have a

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The Disability Sector Is Ready To Get Sexy

It is easy to think that it is all too much and all too scary to try and advocate for disabled people and their sexuality. It is also scary to talk about it, and in some cases, want to experience

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