IT’S ACCESSIBLE – Provide Information Technology (IT)
ITS ACCESSIBLE provide education to people with physical and mental impairments who cannot access usual tertiary education. As a result, people with SCI of various levels are more engaged in the world and community around them, through the use of assistive technology and Information Technology (IT).
People with SCI can be on bed rest for long periods by accessing technology, developing work skills, learning new skills can help with engaging them during the healing process. We will in some cases provide equipment if the person cannot access funding or afford it themselves.
Spinal Support NZ runs regular Back on Track meetings at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, where new patients with SCI can occasionally learn about ITS ACCESSIBLE ’s free services. We also help the SCI community in their homes. People with other conditions such as Head Injury and Cerebral Palsy are offered support at Elevate Christian Disability Centre. We recently received a commendation for Adult education from Waitakere Ace Aotearoa. See our website Educating-disabilities for more details.
We also provide other heavily subsidised and free support services for charities and non-profit communities in New Zealand. The Trust has supported Spinal Support NZ with our services since 2013, We charge for hosting the website all maintenance and development are free of charge.
- Free Website Development for Non-For-Profits
- Subsidized Website Hosting
- Free Education for the Physically and Mentally Impaired
Vocational Rehabilitation – Kaleidoscope
NZ Spinal Trust’s Vocational Rehabilitation team provides realistic, practical support to return to work, investigate new possibilities, research training options, reassure, and demonstrate tFreehat work is not only possible with an SCI – it’s just part of life. Prior to NZST’s early intervention Vocational Rehabilitation programme, less than 13% of people with an SCI returned to work. Now, recent exit surveys have over 90% of our clients stating they feel confident that they will be able to work! Our team is available to provide support, whether you’re new to SCI or have been living with SCI for a period of time.
NZST also provides the Resource Centre – a treasure trove of information for the person with the SCI, their whānau and friends, their carers … even their therapists and nurses. It holds a unique and comprehensive collection of resources on disability and rehabilitation. It is part of the national library association and many of the resources we have can be accessed online or borrowed nationally in hard copy form. From here we have produced world class publications and multimedia including ‘Back on Track’ for SCI rehabilitation and ‘Head Space’ for brain injury.
Peer and Whānau Support is NZST’s third service offered, available from our base at the Burwood Spinal Unit.