Disability Information - overview and key contacts

There are many organisations based within the Christchurch and Canterbury area who are able to provide information and support services to older people and people who have an impairment. The Aspire Canterbury on-line Directory contains contact details for over 370 organisations in the Christchurch and Canterbury area.

 The New Zealand Disability Strategy (2001)

Disability is not something individuals have. Individuals have impairments which may be physical, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, and intellectual or other impairments. Almost one in four New Zealanders identify as having an impairment (NZ Census 2013)

People may be born with an impairment or acquire an impairment e.g. from an injury caused by an accident.

As the population ages mobility, stamina, sight and hearing can become new challenges.

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.

The Strategy sets out principles for New Zealand Strategy to become inclusive of people with impairments

Click here for more information on the New Zealand Disbility Strategy


Disability Information Centres 


 Aspire Canterbury is a member of the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres. For more details of the Federation and location of centres throughout New Zealand click here.





Weka – What Everyone Keeps Asking about disability issues is a nationwide, disability information website.  The website contains information relating to:

  Click here to link to Weka website


Ministry of Health Disability Services

The Ministry of Health web site provides a range of information on getting support, disability information and who to contact if you have a question about Ministry funded disability services or you need to make a complaint.

Click here for a link to the Ministry of Health Disability Services web site

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