Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: The Meltdown, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I agree with you about the work fears. The workplace has to be the right one with the right culture. Otherwise just not worth it for so many reasons. Dignity of risk only goes so far.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Meltdown,

    I suspect a meltdown and an unsympathetic/uncaring workplace is behind this sad story.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/small-business/79641523/Company-censured-for-firing-employee-because-he-was-old-and-had-Aspergers

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…,

    I reported it elsewhere but 'm still shocked by a comment at a public lecture I attended at Victoria University last week. The session explored (not necessarily promoted) the idea of a sugar tax and the speakers were a tax expert academic and a public health researcher. At the end a member of the audience (middle aged white male) asked why we don't just tax fat people.

    Fat hate summed up right there.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Meltdown,

    I read those reports about Susan Boyle and like you recognised a classic meltdown. Hopefully, she found some people to protect her from the crowds and give practical help.

    Also I recognise that shut down you mention. If there is a next time for your son to visit Wellington I could ask mine to act as tour guide, including the best places to go by public transport.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem, in reply to Sacha,

    Most important is that something is implemented. The original NZDS had no legislation requiring government agencies to actually do anything.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    Rosemary, anything more to report from the consultation meeting, or questions to ask. Ours is next week

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A sugar tax creates incentives for manufacturers to reformulate their products to contain less sugar (eg the Nutrigrain example). It is apparently already happening in the UK with just a threat of a tax.

    A tax is just one way of many of addressing a problem of lack of wellbeing, however, measured, not the only method. And the effects might not be immediately obvious. But it is just one of many initiatives that could be implemented together as a package, or individually, to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

    Much of the discussion out there seems to be that sugar tax by itself is going to - or not going to - make a major change to consumption and behaviour. That's not how the real world works.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    So a new report shows National Standards haven't worked. Can we say we told you so? Sad that for many students a potential love of learning and self esteem have been sacrificed in this experiment. I heard from a principal recently how parents tell him, in front of the child, that the child is below standard. The child might be great at art or music or PE but the parent only cares about the national standards results in literacy and numeracy.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: SIBs: The reality of…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Aahh the myth that good quality, well paying, well supported jobs are out there for everybody - just waiting for the lazy, ill or disabled person to start looking.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    I think (not sure though in this context) that some disabled people object to non disabled people saying they have lived experience of disability although that is through caring for someone who is disabled rather than personal impairment. Sometimes parents use that term for eg lived experience of autism, although it is the children who have the lived experience of autism They have lived experience of parenting a child with autism.

    So probably it was just unclear whose lived experience is being referred to. So the phrase they used clarifies who they are talking about.

    But you could go along to a meeting and ask.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2716 posts Report Reply

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