CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion – 80 years in Marl­bor­ough

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - GARDENING - PAULA CO­HEN

We would re­ally like to hear from em­ploy­ers who can po­ten­tially of­fer em­ploy­ment or work ex­pe­ri­ence.

This month CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion cel­e­brates 80 years in the Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity.

In 1935 there was a di­rec­tive for the Ro­tary Clubs and the Dis­trict Health Board to set up Crip­pled Chil­dren’s So­ci­eties na­tion­wide, re­spond­ing largely to the ef­fects of post-war po­lio which ran ram­pant through­out New Zealand.

It was ini­tially to help chil­dren ac­cess schools.

Over 80 years, dis­abil­ity ser­vices have changed and so has CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion.

One in five peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence an im­pair­ment at some stage of their lives, some per­ma­nently.

The old way of see­ing a dis­abil­ity was that the per­son with the im­pair­ment had the prob­lem.

Now it is con­sid­ered dis­abil­i­ties are formed by per­cep­tions - the great­est bar­rier to in­clu­sion and full par­tic­i­pa­tion in life is peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes.

We value all peo­ple and see it as the com­mu­nity’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­clude the peo­ple we sup­port.

We are pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing they are ac­cepted, in­cluded and val­ued.

We sup­port peo­ple aged 0 – 65 liv­ing with all kinds of im­pair­ments.

It comes down to ba­sic hu­man rights.

Peo­ple have a choice of where they live and how they are sup­ported to achieve as much in­de­pen­dence as pos­si­ble, par­tic­i­pat­ing fully in their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

We work along­side fam­i­lies and schools to en­sure the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble.

We work with high schools and Deans to en­sure cor­rect plan­ning and tran­si­tion through life stages and in pre­par­ing for the adult world.

We as­sist with work ex­pe­ri­ence with lo­cal busi­nesses, of­fer­ing many dif­fer­ent work sit­u­a­tions.

The big­gest bar­rier in Marl­bor­ough for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity is em­ploy­ment.

CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion has a ded­i­cated worker and a gov­ern­ment con­tract to help peo­ple into work.

We have fund­ing avail­able to sup­port and en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to em­ploy the peo­ple we sup­port.

We also work closely with WINZ, as they have a num­ber of in­cen­tives to get peo­ple into work.

The ben­e­fits of hav­ing peo­ple who live with dis­abil­ity in em­ploy­ment in­clude:

Ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty, with peo­ple go­ing 110% be­cause they have been given the chance.

En­hanced em­ployee re­la­tions, with com­pas­sion and in­clu­siv­ity.

The per­son of­ten be­comes the face of the com­pany. The em­ployer is ac­knowl­edged for giv­ing peo­ple with im­pair­ments op­por­tu­ni­ties to work. A sense of be­long­ing Lower in­ci­dence of men­tal health is­sues in so­ci­ety.

We of­fer on the job sup­port and train­ing, with on-site coach­ing and di­rect li­ai­son with su­per­vi­sors – set­ting up rou­tines for ex­cel­lent per­for­mance.

We would re­ally like to hear from em­ploy­ers who can po­ten­tially of­fer em­ploy­ment or work ex­pe­ri­ence.

We are also look­ing for Gov­er­nance mem­bers from the com­mu­nity.

There are five short meet­ings per year.

Vol­un­teers learn bud­get­ing, strate­gic plan­ning, com­mu­ni­ca­tion – and it’s all free.

You can then take that and use it for your job and to make your life and oth­ers’ lives bet­ter.

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CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion team leader Paula Co­hen.

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