- Parent to Parent offer information and support for families who have a child with a disability, special need or impaired health
- CCS offers services and support for anyone with a disability
- IHC offer advice on living with an intellectual disability
- Carers New Zealand provides support and information for carers
- Weka provides information for those living with a disability and those who support them
- NZORD provides information and support for those with rare disorders
- PVI is a site dedicated to parents of children with visual impairments
- Foundation of the Blind
- The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Inc provides information and support to parents of deaf children
- The Mental Health Foundation provides information for parents and children with mental health problems
- The Low Down provide help for young people experiencing depression
- The NZ Health and Disability Commissioner promotes and protects the rights of consumers who use health and disability services, helps resolve problems between consumers and services and improves the quality of services
- DPA is the umbrella organisation for people with impairments, their families, advocacy agencies and service providers
- The Office for Disability Issues ensures government keeps faith with the New Zealand Disability Strategy, by promoting the participation and inclusion of disabled people in our society.
Disability support services
One in five New Zealanders has a mental, physical or intellectual impairment.
Finding out your child is disabled may well leave you feeling unsure about what to do next. It is crucial to get good support and information as soon as possible, so you and your whānau don't feel isolated and unable to cope. Early support will help your child to make the best possible start in life.
If you're a parent with a disability the basic support you need may well be the same or similar as for any other parent. However, any additional services and support you need should be flexible, fit in with your family life and easy to access.
Several agencies are available to support parents and children with disabilities, and help you to ensure you understand your rights, or where to go for specific support. See links below.
- Make sure people know how much, or little, support you and your family/whānau want
- Help those around you to understand more about the disability
- Ask support services and other parents to help you get in touch with others in the same situation.