We would introduce changes to bring about equality for disabled children in regard to their education (including early childhood education)
We already have an amazing prototype for excellent care for the intellectually disabled here in New Zealand. The Hohepa organisation has homes and schools for those who need extra help to function in our modern world. Hohepa Centres support youth (and also adults) based on nourishing body, mind and soul with growing, cooking and eating beautiful organic food, artistic endeavours, nature, movement and therapies. We could establish local Hohepa centres all over New Zealand, those with disabilities will be supported to live their best lives.
They would incorporate Outdoor Classrooms, gardening and other outdoor activities, exercise and getting out into nature for mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
These centres will support art therapy, and artistic and performance art such as singing and dancing. These are great mediums that give children great satisfaction and helping coordination, balance, socialisation etc and people can often surprise us when they discover their artistic talent.
We will refund ‘sheltered work shops’ that were de-funded by previous governments. These are small’ish local spaces that people can get together, learn new skills, make things of value to their communities, make some pocket money, and make friends. The parents/carers help out or take precious time for themselves. Previously, these organisation didn’t need to make a profit, as they were topped up by government funds. The leaders were caring and supportive and understanding. These centres filled an important need in the community. Carers really missed them when they went and communities lost a valuable resource.