Organisations that help disabled people
We’ve provided links to a range of organisations that help disabled people below. They each do things a little differently and it’s important to find the organisation that best suits you. In some cases, you may find that your ideal support involves working with more than one.
If you’re feeling confused we’re more than happy to have a chat and provide a little more information on who does what. We’re just a phone call away…
- Waikato District Health Board
- New Zealand Disability Support Network
- Inclusive New Zealand
- Ministry of Health
- Enabling Good Lives
- Lifestyle Transitionz (PATH)
- HDC Code of Rights
- HDC Making it Easy
What type of people do ConneXu help?
ConneXu is contracted to the Ministry of Health to deliver Residential and Supported Living services in the Midland Region. We support individuals with intellectual, physical and or sensory disabilities from the age of 17 years old.
What can ConneXu support me with?
We provide a range of community facilitation and support services for people who are living with a disability. The facilitation of supports offered is dependent on the needs, wants and aspirations of the individual. We are able to facilitate support from full 24/7 residential care to assisting you to connect with your community and everything in between.
If the service is not publicly funded, how else can I access services?
If you require support that is not publicly funded, you can purchase services from a provider of your choice and pay privately.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for care to be paid for by another agency, for example, another Government department, a charity or a health foundation or society. You should contact them directly for advice, or approach them via your GP.
Are there currently vacancies for support by ConneXu?
As ConneXu facilitates individual supports based on a whole of life plan we do not have waitlists. We will work with you to commence tailoring supports to meet your needs as soon as you have referred yourself or been referred by Disability Support Link (DSL).
What areas does ConneXu support?
Currently all of ConneXu’s residential homes are in Te Awamutu, however we are able to facilitate supports throughout the Waikato/King County region.
Do I need a referral to use ConneXu ?
To access our services you will need to talk to your local Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Agency – Disability Support Link (please see below).
Those requesting assessment must have a disability as defined by the Ministry of Health:
“… a person with a disability is a person who has been identified as having a physical, psychiatric, intellectual, sensory or age-related disability (or a combination of these), which is likely to continue for a minimum of six months and result in a reduction of independent function to the extent that ongoing support is required…”
When you have your Needs Assessment, make sure you tell the assessor that you wish to be referred to ConneXu!
To make the process easier, feel free to speak to us one to one before contacting the NASC. We are happy to come to you – please call 07 871 8847 to make an appointment.
DSL contact details:
DSL Reception: 07 839 1441
Freephone: 0800 55 33 99
Helping you with individualised funding
Individualised funding provides disabled people with increased choice and control over how and when they use their support allocations, and who provides them with this support. ConneXu can assist you by providing a range of services that you can purchase with your individualised funding allocation.
Individualised funding allows disabled people (including nominated agents or family/whanau members who make decisions on their behalf) to directly manage the resources they are allocated for disability supports, following an assessment by a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) organisation.
Those wanting to manage their support allocations using individualised funding, must do this through an Individualised Funding Host organisation that is contracted by the Ministry of Health.
Some examples of how we can support you through individualised funding are:
- Facilitation to set goals and tasks to achieve independence
- Assistance to find accommodation
- Facilitation with Government Agencies
- Assisting you to connect with your community
- Facilitation to develop social skills
- Assistance to gain a drivers licence
- Facilitation with cooking
- Coaching with housework
- Ongoing support with independence
- Facilitation to use public transport
- Coaching in budget management