Disability Support includes support for those with permanent as well as temporary conditions. To get Disability Support, you will need to provide proof of your disability, unless you suffer from a mobility disability and are confined to a wheelchair or other aide. You must provide proof, such as a letter from your doctor or other community health provider outlining your disability.
Support may include:
• Provision for Support Workers
• New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Interpreters
• Assistance for the Sight Impaired
• Referrals to appropriate service providers.
Please see your local Student Support Team if you require further assistance.
Support services for disabled people, their whanau and carers are also offered by a number of organisations not funded by the Disability Services Directorate. For more information, click here.
Here you can find information for Maori living with an impairment or disability and their whanau, family, friends or carers. A number of Māori provider organisations offer services for Maori who have a disability, and have services specifically for Māori. For more information, click here.
WEKA is New Zealand's disability information website, for people with disabilities, their families, whanau and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers. It provides information on living with a disability, support services, resources for Maori, information about disabilities and diseases, news and library resources. For more information, click here.
If you are looking for support, this site provides over 80 listings of health and disability support groups in New Zealand. For more information, click here.
The Brain Injury Association New Zealand provides information, advocacy and support to people with brain injury and their families/whanau.
The Head Injury Society of New Zealand was formed to raise head injury issues at a national level, to increase understanding and recognition and to help address the needs of those who have suffered head injury and there families.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand's primary provider of vision-related services to blind, deafblind and vision-impaired people.
The Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (ABC NZ) is New Zealand’s oldest advocacy organisation in the Disability sector and is the largest blindness consumer organisation” and delete “Branch information can be found here
The Deaf Association of New Zealand Incorporated is unique in the fact that its governing body is ruled by elected Deaf members of the Deaf community. It is also the only nationwide provider of services to Deaf people.
For good tips when working with an interpreter.
The National Foundation for the Deaf is an incorporated society that supports approximately 450,000 deaf or hearing impaired New Zealand children and adults. This site also includes information on scholarships.
Note: This page is in development – keep looking for new resources each week. Also, check out the Useful Links page for more resources.