25 Mar 2020

What help for carers of high needs people during lockdown?

From Nine To Noon, 10:43 am on 25 March 2020
Collen Brown with her son, Travis

Collen Brown with her son, Travis Photo: supplied

Carers of people with autism, intellectual disabilities and high and complex  needs say they're preparing for a very stressful four weeks, with uncertainty around respite care and a vastly altered residential care system.

Autism NZ CEO Dane Dougan and Colleen Brown who has a son with an intellectual disability and is chair of Disability Connect talk to Kathryn Ryan.

Meanwhile IHC say they are working with partners including the Ministry of Education to develop online support for parents at home with disabled children, including autism. It will be on Facebook, will guide people to information and resources and have live speakers who will answer questions. The page, called Awhi@home, will be for parents of children under 11 and be live as soon as possible. 

They say they'd love to hear from parents about what topics they would like speakers to cover, as well as suggest what times of day that are best and any other information they need. You can email librarian@ihc.org.nz