Getting What I Need

The articles below outlines information, tools and strategies to help us ‘get what we need’ for ourselves and our family.

A Good Life

This article outlines some of the things carers and whānau might want to think about when they are exploring options to build ‘a good life’ for their son or daughter.

Advocacy & Supported Decision Making

This article looks at self-advocacy, supported decision making, being an advocate (either as a parent or through an independent advocacy service) and making a complaint.

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IHC Advocacy Toolkit

The IHC Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help families and supporters of people with an intellectual disability. The toolkit contains information sheets on topics and issues relevant to the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families.

Efective Communication

As carers and whānau, we are likely to have contact and communicate with a wide variety of people. Effective Communication can increase the chance that others will understand what is happening for you and what you want from them.

Negotiating What I Want (and DESC)

This article provides a simple framework to assist us to stay ‘neutral’ and ‘present’ and focus on what can be (not what isn’t).

Managing Conflict

It is natural for people to see the world differently. Everybody carries their own perspective of a situation. This article provides some information on how to ensure that conflict is creative and constructive.

Managing Challenging Behaviour

As carers and whānau we sometimes need to respond to behaviour that may be unpleasant, challenging and socially unacceptable. This information is provided to carers and whānau as an aid to learning an interactional method of teaching and adapting to behaviour.

Influencing Change

Sometimes carers and whānau will come across situations where they believe change needs to happen. This article provides some hints on how you can be more effective in influencing positive change.

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Collective Action

There are times when groups of carers and whānau want to work together to bring about positive change. This article provides clues to some of the things that are useful when considering the “collective action” required to bring about change or development.

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