THE NEED

APPROXIMATELY 4000 PEOPLE IN CANTERBURY HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Imagine if someone put a limit on your hopes and dreams. 

We all have dreams for a better future, and no-one can ever become their best by themselves. We all need the support of others.

People with intellectual disabilities need so much more support to become their best self.

 

Unfortunately, there are many people with intellectual disabilities who are not being supported to live a life they are happy with, let alone one in which they are enabled to pursue their goals and ambitions.

Hāpai’s research has identified 3 main gaps and needs within the middle spectrum of the intellectually disabled community in Canterbury:

1. SUPPORT 

Greater support is needed for those with an intellectual disability that do not need to be supported 24/7, but struggle to fit into conventional roles, work and activities in their community. 

2. INCLUSIVITY 

A lack of understanding, discrimination and prejudice hinders the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability in everyday places, opportunities and roles in society.

3. RESEARCH & REPRESENTATION

Lack of data and research into intellectual disability impedes the effective direction of resources, and the delivery of leading support approaches and services.

To change this, we have set out on our mission to begin lifting up our community, by offering the support and access to crucial life opportunities, that most of us take for granted, whilst engaging the wider community to come and meet this amazing group of people.