Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: What disability is,

    We have the right words in the 2001 New Zealand Disability Strategy

    'Disability is not something individuals have. What individuals have are impairments. They may be physical, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, intellectual or other impairments.

    Disability is the process which happens when one group of people create barriers by designing a world only for their way of living, taking no account of the impairments other people have.

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  • Access: What disability is,

    Thanks so much for this new initiative, Russell. Also for starting and supporting humans for so many years. A significant chunk of our recent autism (and some more general disability) history is documented there so I hope it can be archived safely. The post by Giovanni on his daughter's diagnosis with autism (reposted from his Bat Bean Beam blog) is one that has been widely quoted. She was three then. She is now eight and thriving at school and a valued member of her local community.
    Anyhow let the new conversations begin. Thanks, friend Sacha, for starting it off.

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  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    I went to a Wellington in February which was catered by Ruth Pretty. She must have had access to a good fig crop because her staff handed around several plates of fresh figs which were cut in half with a scoop of (possibly) goat's cheese in the middle drizzled with some kind of balsamic tasting dressing. Not sure exactly what it was - but they were delicious.

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  • Up Front: The Kids are All Right,

    I wish we had the political will to move the voting age down to 12 - could be done gradually.

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  • Capture: Sculpture Vulture,

    There's a pure and naked dark chocolate one at Wellington airport.

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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    I have been on both sides of the tender process with disability-related tenders at the Ministry of Health. At various times over the last decade I have been either a consumer rep on an MoH panel or part of a group tendering. What I found from being on the inside is that every decision has to be clearly justified and they are meticulous about using a transparent scoring system so the decision can later be justified if challenged by a losing tenderer or other interested party. Maybe things have changed now, as that was a few years ago, but the rationale for the decision should be available with an OIA request.

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  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said,

    Excellent commentary from the excellent Autism and Oughtisms blog about the Green Bay High situation where the board is now spending money to keep a kid out. To think that once Green Bay had a reputation for inclusion!

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  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said, in reply to Sacha,

    I have been following this issue since it was revealed by the Dyslexia Foundation following an OIA request last year. Apparently the Ministry itself did not realise the extent that the private schools had grabbed the funding and the Kings/ Otahuhu College (literarily on opposite sides of the fence) example is such a good illustration. There has been some work on it behind the scenes and I was pleased to see that a move towards equity has just been announced.

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Chris Hipkins had a press release out in response to Hekia's comments by Sunday afternoon. He's pretty active on twitter education debates. He also has a regular enews called Education Matters. Today's one has quite a bit of policy.

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  • Busytown: School bully,

    Former school principal, Labour Party minister, educational administrator in the UK and generally wise person Marian Hobbs has a blog on education. Latest on measuring performance.

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