Disability Support Services in Auckland
There are a wide and varied range of disability support services available in Auckland that can be accessed. ADSA cannot provide information on all of them so we have only broken down the major service providers on this page.
Parent 2 Parent (parent2parent.org.nz) run a “Navigating the System” seminar which aims to provide families with basic information about the various disability service providers in Auckland, what they offer and how you can contact them. For information on this course visit the Parent 2 Parent website or call them on 09 625 5021.
Taikura TrustTaikura Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) to people with disabilities. Taikura Trust services cover the greater Auckland region from Mercer to Wellsford. It is through Taikura Trust, that you may be able to access Disability Support Services, which are funded by the Ministry of Health, and other assistance.
Taikura Trust do not provide direct support, such as home help or respite care. Instead, Taikura Trust Staff establish who is eligible for Disability Support Services, then assess support needs and coordinate services for eligible people. Through the Needs Assessment Process, Taikura Trust identify your personal goals and get an understanding of your individual needs. They will then plan and coordinate the supports with you.
Disability Support Services can include -
Click here for a copy of the Taikura Trust referral form.
The Taikura Trust website where you can find out information on their services is www.taikura.org.nz
You can also contact them directly, details below.
Freephone 0800 TAIKURA (0800 824 5872) from outside Auckland or 278 6314 if calling from within Auckland.
CCS Disability ActionCCS is a provider of support and services to people with disabilities. They offer service co-ordination, and early intervention. They also provide support services to youth and adults including transition services, supported independent living and employment services.
You can contact CCS on 0800 227 2255 or visit ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
IHC/Idea ServicesIHC works for all people with an intellectual disability. IHC provide services, advocacy, support and information. IHC will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community. Services are provided by IHC’s service delivery arms called IDEA Services Limited, IDEA Services family/whanau services and Timata Hou. Services include:
Work and Income - Child Disability AllowanceThe Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment that can be made to the principal caregiver of a child who:
The individual circumstances of the child are always taken into account when eligibility for the CDA is being considered. It is not a case of children with a physical, psychiatric or intellectual disability being automatically eligible for the CDA.
One other point is that the CDA is not about providing cost. The Disability Allowance can assist with that.
You can access more information on the CDA here.
You may also find the attached Fact Sheet, “Child Disability Allowance: Information for health practitioners” useful.
The Child Disability Allowance is $46.49 a week (as at 1 April 2015) for each child who qualifies. This is a set amount and doesn’t depend on your income or costs. This allowance is paid into your bank account every two weeks and is paid separately from any other assistance you may get. In most cases, it won’t affect any other assistance you may get.
To apply for this allowance contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009. This line is open Monday to Friday: 7am - 6pm or Saturday: 8am - 1pm
Community Services CardIf you receive the Child Disability Allowance you should automatically receive a Community Services Card. This may help you with the cost of doctor’s fees and prescriptions. The Community Services Card can reduce the cost of:
Work and Income administer the Community Services Card on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
Call 0800 999 999, email: email@example.com or visit their website.
Group Special Education – Ministry of EducationProvides access to support and services for children with special education needs. GSE teams include early childhood educators, school age, moderate needs, SLT, OT, physiotherapists, psychologists, ORS funding.
Early intervention staff come from a range of disciplines. They include:
Level 3, Eden 5 Building
12 - 18 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024
Phone 09 632 9400
Visit their website for more information