Disability policy

‘Mental disorder’, autism and human rights

Hilary Stace

  There is a well-known saying that a society can be judged by how it looks after its most vulnerable citizens. People with impairments are not inherently vulnerable but are at particular risk of negative interactions with the State for a range of reasons, such as a lack of strong

What’s Wrong With ‘Special’ Education?

Hilary Stace

Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee is currently holding an Inquiry into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools. The public took the opportunity to make over 500 submissions dealing with concerns relating to what

Disability Policy in New Zealand

Hilary Stace

The Disability Survey following the 2013 Census revealed that 24% of the population living in New Zealand or 1,062,000 people identified as disabled. They ‒ or someone on their behalf ‒ reported a long term impairment which affected their ability to carry out everyday activities. Over 59% of people over