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This month: Airplanes & Autism, Disabled People & Belonging, and new Regional Coordinators!


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Hi Mandy,

In our eNews this month...

Discover how Parent to Parent and Tauranga Airport worked together to help a child with ASD learn what to expect on his first ever flight.

We take an in-depth look at the process of diagnosing autism in adults.

A new report from the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ explores what factors affect a disabled person's sense of belonging in places such as work, school, and public spaces.

Meet our new Regional Coordinators for Nelson, Hawke's Bay, and Auckland!

And more... 



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Hot off the press

Adult with doctor

How is autism diagnosed in adults?

Diagnosing autism in a person over the age of 18 is different from diagnosing a child. Where children are usually referred to a psychologist by a GP, adults currently must go through the Mental Health Service. This can be problematic as autism itself is not a mental disorder and should not be treated as such.

It can also be difficult when a psychologist assessing an adult does not have relevant training in understanding how autism affects adults or how best to communicate with autistic adults...




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Photos of new Regional Coordinators

Meet our new Regional Coordinators!

Our eNews is a little late this month as we wanted the chance to introduce you to our fabulous new Regional Coordinators, who joined the Parent to Parent team this week.

Ramona Dillon will be assisting families in South & East Auckland, Sharlene Bell will be looking after West & Central Auckland, and Angela Ramos in North Auckland.

Further south, Sarah Whittle will be supporting the Nelson community, and Blanche Paewai-Ashcroft will be looking after the Hawke's Bay region.

They all share our passion of walking alongside families raising children with disabilities and we are so excited to have them join the team. Contact details can be found via the locations page on our website.






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Spaces of Belonging


Disabled Persons Assembly NZ, ImagineBetter & the University of Waikato have released a report exploring why and where disabled people feel they belong, and what factors contribute to this sense of belonging.


Find out more




Two adults with Down syndrome cooking






Action Plan & funding announced for children with learning support needs


The government has launched a new Learning Support Action Plan to better support children with learning support needs. Tens of millions of dollars will be put into implementing the plan over the next few years.


Learn more




Teacher with student on laptop






Graduation ceremony goes silent for autistic student


Check out this heart-warming video of an autistic student receiving his diploma and a silent ovation from his peers at Carmel High School. ??






Boy in graduation gown with mother






Dates for the diary




3D Map of New Zealand

What's happening in the regions?

Parent to Parent coffee groups, family workshops, sibling support programmes, family days and much more are offered in our regions. See what's happening in your area and get in touch if you would like to attend any of our events.

Northland  |  Auckland  |  Waikato
Coastal Bay of Plenty  |  Central Lakes
Hawke's Bay  |  Manawatu  |  Wellington

Nelson  |  Greater Canterbury
Otago  |  Southland






One more thing



Airplane flying past tropical beach

Airport helps family with ASD child ??

Stephanie and Brenden Moffat were excited to plan a family trip to the Gold Coast. At a Parent to Parent coffee group, Stephanie shared how her excitement turned into stress as she imagined her autistic son having a five-hour meltdown on the plane.

Tauranga Airport to the rescue! They went above and beyond to ensure the Moffat's holiday got off to a great start.

What happened next?








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