P O Box 35156
Lower Hutt 5041
CCS Disability Action was founded by Rotary in 1935 as the Crippled Children’s Society to support children affected by polio. Today we are an organisation that supports people of all ages, and across the diverse cultures and impairments present in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. We have a role in working with communities to identify and remove the many barriers that prevent people from achieving their goals. We are a membership based organisation that is led by a National Board, with input from our local governance committees, staff groups, and local communities, working together to support the work that we undertake.
We build our work around three core documents:
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- The New Zealand Disability Strategy
We work within a disability rights framework and this is reflected in all our work. We partner with disabled people, their families and whanau, to enable them to have choice and control in their lives which are positive and connective. We also work with local communities, to challenge and assist them to become more inclusive.
In our work, we connect with all parts of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We recognise Maori as Tangata Whenua, and are committed to being in relationships with Hapu and Iwi so that we continue to develop our ability to support Maori people with disabilities and their whanau.
CCS Disability Action consists of 17 incorporated societies, divided into 6 regions, providing a range of support services through 22 local and regional offices. We provide disability support to over 5,000 people with disabilities and their families and whanau each year. We run the Mobility Parking scheme which supports over 114,000 people to more easily access their local towns and facilities. Our fully owned subsidiary, Lifetime Design Ltd, advocates for and provides universal design guidelines to improve the accessibility of New Zealand housing, which will benefit all people throughout their life.
We measure success by our ability to connect people with disabilities with the range of life opportunities that every New Zealander might reasonably expect:
- Belonging in a family/whanau and community
- Having friends and relationships
- Having meaningful choices across all parts of life, including; where to live, work, leisure and where and how to be educated, life long learning
- Greater choice and control over their life
- Participating in the community
- Belonging culturally and spiritually in a way that has personal meaning