Non-Government Information

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+ Children with Learning Disabilities

It’s tough for parents to find out their child might have a learning disability. Especially if it’s not something the parent has ever experienced before. Of course, there is so much information to sift through that it can become incredibly overwhelming, especially if the diagnosis is unexpected or comes later in the child’s academic career. Fortunately, there is an abundance of expertise available to help children and teens with learning disabilities overcome their obstacles.

Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Children Who Have It

The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

How to Discuss Puberty with Your Child Who Has Special Needs

Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD

Teens with ADHD: Recognizing Signs of Depression

Teaching the Person with Autism How to Drive

Coping With Stress: A Guide For Struggling Parents

+ Links from ElderAction

+ Supported Employment

Disability Employment Organisations

04 385 7302
04 570 2320
0800 442 442
* Hutt Valley
04 463 2478
* Kapiti
04 463 2448
04 567 7111
04 913 6400
04 570 2320
04 589 9442
04 237 7141
04 474 0643
04 569 3091
04 297 2713
06 368 1095
0800 559 009
04 916 3300
04 5384 5677
04 384 2000
04 473 9009

+ Carer Services

Care Matters

Care Matters is the national Carer Learning and Wellbeing Resource Service. Care Matters provides current, relevant, practical information and workshops for carers/family/whānau of children and adults with disabilities. Care Matters is a partnership between SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Service) and Parent to Parent. We are funded by the Ministry of Health and provide workshops nationwide, Kitchen Table groups and co-develop resources by families for families. Care Matters:
  • Provides free workshops, at a time and location that suits you, anywhere in New Zealand.
  • Workshops can be tailored to a topic of your choice (ie. System Transformation, Enabling Good Lives, What's available in my community? Managing Stress, Effective Communication, Working Effectively with Professionals, Transition from School, How Funding Works?, Education, Legal Issues. Just tell them what you want and they will organise it).
  • Can organise guest speakers as part of the workshop (and cover costs involved).
  • Provides opportunities to build connections with other carers/family/whānau in your area.
  • Workshops are provided by Facilitators with lived experience.
  • Co-produces resources by families for families (refer to their website for more details).
  • Provides Kitchen Table sessions, where a Facilitator can return a number of times so that a group of families (6 - 10) can delve into a topic in more depth (ie. exploring alternative ways of getting a break, community development projects, etc.).
  • Has carer networks and on-line e-leadership groups that feed into resource development.
Who can attend?
  • People who are eligible for disability support services as determined by the Ministry funded NASC.
  • Carer(s) of people who are eligible to access disability support services.
  • Relief carers who want to provide supports to disabled people and/or their carer(s).

You can find out about current workshops and a range of resources by visiting the Care Matters website. Or free phone 0508 726 769 or 0508 236 236 for general information on Care Matters.

+ Health and Disability Education

To Be Frank NZ

Making relationships, sexual identity and expression accessible to anyone. Regardless of abilities.
Physical Address
110 Rimu Road
Kapiti Coast
Centre Hours
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Postal Address
PO Box 23
Kapiti Coast
New Zealand

Phone Number
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