Report launch of "Barriers to Support: Uptake of the child disability Allowance in Otara

Child Poverty Action Group warmly invites you to attend the report launch of Barriers to support: Uptake of the child disability allowance in Otara

This report is following on from the 2015 Child Poverty Action Group report  It shouldn't be this hard:children, poverty and disability which highlighted that the Child Disability Allowance (CDA) is under-paid and difficult to access for some families in need.

Considering the relationship between disability and low- income households, this preliminary study set out to examine rates of child disability and levels of access to the CDA in Otara, a suburb of South Auckland. An additional aim of  this project was to assist Otara families with disabled children who are not receiving their CDA entitlements to gain these payments.

The report includes an overview of and analysis of Ministry of Social Development (MSD) payment rates of the CDA, as well as the purpose, method and findings of the survey on CDA uptake in Otara. 

The survey was developed together by CPAG, Disability Connect and Otara Health Charitable Trust.

Event details:

Date: 21 November
Time: 11.30am
Venue: Otara Music Arts Centre, Corner Newbury Street and Bairds Road
Otara Town Centre
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Alan Johnson (MC): Alan is an author of this report and housing spokesperson for CPAG. He currently works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

Jessica Suri: Jessica is an author of this report. She is a postgraduate student in at the University of Waikato (currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in Community Psychology) and is an intern psychologist at Otara Health Charitable Trust. 

John Coffey: Taranaki te maunga,Taranaki te iwi, Ngati Haupoto te hapu. General Manager of Otara Health. John first joined Otara Health Charitable Trust as a member of the Trust Board in November 2011. He later stepped down from the Board to take up the position of General Manager in October 2013 to lead the Trust in its day-to-day operations.  

Lisa Martin: CEO of Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect.  Lisa is also the mum of two adult children, one of whom is 22 with autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. Lisa joined the Disability Sector eight years ago, believing her personal experience could inform a professional role in the disability sector.