We regularly partner with local and international thought leaders to run events and manage projects. Meet some of the experts and organisations that we work closely with.
Mark presents regularly at our workshops and is a successful public speaker. He shares his personal story about life with cerebral palsy. Mark, who lives in his own home, sees his wheelchair as a tool for independence. As a speaker, he has been well received in New Zealand and internationally.
For more than 20 years, Mark has run a chocolate stall in Auckland and used the proceeds to support children through World Vision. Mark and his father wrote a book about his life called ‘The Chocolate Seller on Broadway’.
Michael J. Kendrick PhD.
Michael is an independent international consultant who has worked in disability, mental health and aged care for nearly 30 years. He is also a public speaker and trainer. As well as writing extensively, he regularly teaches in the United States and internationally.
His interests include leadership; the creation of safeguards for vulnerable people; social integration; advocacy; personalised approaches to supporting people; and reform in human services.
Alex had the benefit of an inclusive education before leaving school at 18 to take up his dream job – working part-time at the Auckland Catholic Diocese Office. Part of his role involves speaking to students at Catholic schools.
Alex, who also works for Drake Recruitment, is an experienced public speaker. He has presented at training seminars and at Young People’s Rights seminars.
A Circle of Support, known as Alex’s Champions, works alongside him to ensure he continues to live a good life on his terms.
John Armstrong has worked as a teacher, principal, advisor and team leader for 40 years. He is the inaugural chair of Citizen Advocacy Australia.
Having been introduced to Social Role Valorisation (SRV) in the early 1980s, he went on to become a Senior SRV Trainer. Since 1991, he has worked as an SRV trainer, consultant and evaluator across Australia and New Zealand.
He also writes for newsletters and journals, conducts workshops and presents at conferences.
John has a particular interest in promoting people’s welfare and reducing the potential for neglect and harm.
Ruth is Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, and Ngati Porou. She was born in Christchurch and has spent most of her life there.
Ruth is a qualified social worker, who has worked in the disability sector as a practitioner and manager for the last 20 years. She now runs her own consultancy ‘Kanohi ki te Kanohi’.
Ruth has also worked in the tertiary education sector and as an advisor to the Christchurch City Council and Non Government Organisations. She founded the Christchurch Earthquake Disabilty Leadership Group in 2011 and received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to people with disabilities in 2014.
Family Leadership Alliance
ImagineBetter, Parent to Parent, and Standards and Monitoring Service (SAMS) formed the Family Leadership Alliance in 2013. Its purpose is to promote social inclusion and active citizenship for disabled people and their families in 10 communities across New Zealand. This work is made possible by the Ministry of Social Development’s Think Differently fund.
AccessAbility works with disabled people and their whānau, assisting them to live well, dream big and live the life they imagine.
The organisation offers Needs Assessment, Service Coordination and Local Area Coordination throughout Otago, Southland, Taranaki and Whanganui.
AccessAbility is closely linked with ImagineBetter. It set up ImagineBetter in 1993. The two organisations share the same leadership team and Board of Directors.
cbm is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
CCS Disability Action
CCS Disability Action provides support and strengthens communities so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family/whanau and community.
Community Living Trust
Since its inception in 1989, Community Living Trust has persistently sought innovative and diverse ways to respond to the individual needs of people with intellectual disabilities in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and greater Midland regions.
Disability Connect (formerly The Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc.) supports families raising a child with a disability.
Jeder Institute brings people together to build on their existing networks and community strengths and to realise their full potential. The Institute is based in Australia.
Life Unlimited is a charitable trust that supports people to be in control of their own lives, make choices and live the life they choose.
Manawanui In Charge
Manawanui is New Zealand’s pioneer and leading facilitator of Individualised Funding.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health provides support and services for disabled people. The Ministry’s aim is that disabled people are able to live in their homes and participate in their communities as other New Zealanders do.
Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent is a nationwide organisation that empowers families/whānau of people with disabilities and health impairments through support and information.
SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Services)
SAMS works in partnership with disabled people, families/whānau, agencies and other stakeholders to improve community services for people with disabilities and/or mental health issues.
Support Net is a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC) for people with disabilities and older people with health and disability related needs. It aims to support people to live as independently as possible in their homes and communities.