New Ministry for Disabled People

On October 29, 2021, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Health Minister Andrew Little announced plans to reform disability systems in New Zealand. 

"The changes we're announcing today complement the work under way with the health reforms to ensure all New Zealanders, including the disabled community, have equitable access to the care they need, no matter who they are or where they live," said Minister Sepuloni.

For coverage here for the NZ Herald, here for Newshub, and for full details from the Ministry of Social Development, click here

HOW IT MAY AFFECT FASD IN NZ

It's hoped there may be more focus on FASD so that FASD is recognized as a disability for all those affected and not just those with  an intellectual disability. We are also advocating for the governance group to include representation of caregivers of those with neurodisabilities and complex needs.