RICI is committed to promoting & initiating more inclusion in the Rodney District, NZ - with a focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities. This is a learning process for all involved, including for the organization itself.
Diversity is a given,
but how we demonstrate inclusion in our communities, is a choice.
We want to partner with groups across all sectors in our communities - to maximize learning and impact and transcend traditional divides.
He waka eke noa
We are all in this together.
What is Inclusion?
EMBRACING DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Inclusion, is appreciating and valuing human differences by removing barriers and creating an atmosphere that promotes a sense of belonging – where everyone feels respected and valued for their uniqueness.
In an inclusive environment, people are valued because of, not in spite of, their differences - so everyone can fully participate and thrive.
NZ legislation in support of Inclusion:
Schools are required to be inclusive under the Education and Training Act 2020
The above laws are reinforced by the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
KEY PLAYERS IN CREATING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
- urban and rural
- big and small
- culture, sport and
faith communities, etc.
Project Mobilise aims to change attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa.
Project Mobilise is sponsored and led by The Human Rights Commission – New Zealand’s national human rights institution.
Project Mobilise is supported by Curative, a disability-led creative agency inspiring social change.
The NZ Human Rights Commission
The HRC works in partnership with others to help individuals and organisations around New Zealand to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities.
Disabled people have the right to be respected for who they are, be free from ableism and discriminatory barriers, and participate fully in all aspects of society.
The following organisations, services and activities, provide support for a range of abilities and are available in the Rodney District.
If you know of others we can add to this list, please contact us.
Vocational Service and Mentoring programme for adults with disabilities - Warkworth
Weekly Wednesday social club for adults with mixed-abilities, Warkworth
Contact Ursula for more information: 021-1382878
Life Changing Experiences for young people with Disabilities. Auckland
Glass Celling Arts Collective
A group of creative performing arts people - creating access to meaningful arts experiences for all people - Mahurangi
Path to main entrance is level and accessible
Ramped access from emergency exit at the back
Sing Up Rodney
Community music therapy
with a focus on singing, communication, friendship
and fun. Warkworth and Orewa.
Diversity Action & Support
Movement, coordination & fitness class. Fun coordination games, gentle aerobics and adapted yoga. All ages welcome. Carers required for students needing individual care.
A group of able worshipers of God, many with learning and/or physical disabilities/challenges. Meetings are held bi-monthly at the Methodist church hall, Warkworth, at 3pm
We deliver circus arts classes, community events and workshops for all ages and abilities. A particular focus of our work is developing inclusion programmes for people with disabilities.
Creative Living For Health & Well-Being
Estuary Art Centre, Orewa:
This Art class has been designed for participants who have experienced stress, trauma, brain injury, stroke, aphasia or loss.
Auckland Satellite Facility:
Orewa: Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway
Satellite open every Wednesday.
Swimming for Disabled Kids
At Northern Arena swim school, our swim teachers have been trained in the "No Exceptions Training" programme from the Halberg Trust and we treat all our children as potential swimmers regardless of disability.