Disability is understood and accepted as a part of the diversity of the human experience and disabled people are treated with dignity and respect in all our interactions with them.
Our practice recognises diversity, voices and a knowledge base that acknowledges the connection between the individual, their whānau or family and community. It guides us to practise in ways that are relational, inclusive and restorative.
An assessment of a disabled tamaiti should consider the same domains as an assessment of a non-disabled tamaiti. While their needs may be very complex in one dimension, all areas of need require attention.
Disabled tamariki are supported by Oranga Tamariki like all other tamariki who need our support, including if they need to live in out-of-home care.
Disability and learning supports and ACC are available to support disabled tamariki, whānau and families.
All tamariki, rangatahi, whānau or families have mana ahua ake – uniqueness and potential within their collective structure. People living with FASD and neurodiversity have rights and their own identity and strengths, and can have fulfilling lives.
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