Our research


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Our latest research

Measuring Accessible journeys

We worked with a professional traffic safety researcher, funded by the Ministry of Social Development "Making a Difference" fund, to develop and try a way of counting the number of people using visible mobility aids in various public places.  Crucially, the results were accepted by transport planners and engineers who use benefit/cost analysis rules when allocating funds for access improvements.  Follow the link to the Traffic Design Group report on the pilot project and watch this space for details of the next stage.

In the next stage, we hope to gather significantly more data and extend the project to several more centres. We will be investigating smarter ways to gather the data using video recognition technology. Our dream is that on-going monitoring will clearly demonstrate the value of more accessible transport networks, including footpaths, and allow local and central government to give access improvements the attention they deserve.


Read the full research report (PDF 2,000 KB)

Street Accessibility Audit for Waipa District Council

This is a very exciting piece of research that was requested by the Waipa District Council. The research is an assessment of the mobility spaces and access routes for the central areas of Cambridge, Kihikihi, Leamington, Pirongia and Te Awamutu.


Read the full research report (PDF 3,187 KB)

Article 19 - I am Here

CCS Disability Action commissioned researchers from the Donald Beasley Institute to work alongside twelve people with high and complex support needs to tell their stories and be heard. The result is the powerful Article 19 - I am Here research.


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Families Choices: Choosing Schools for Disabled Children

Phase 2 of this research advances the 2010 Families Choices work. The aim of this research was to look at the kinds of choices families, who had made an application to the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), face when their children start or change schools.


Read the full research report (PDF 461 KB)

Journey to Work: Creating Pathways for Young Disabled People in New Zealand

This 2010 research report was written and researched for CCS Disablility Action and Workbridge by Grant Cleland and Alexandra Smith. This research provides an overview of how young disabled people have been faring at school and in work. It also focuses on the solutions needed to develop more effective pathways to social, academic and economic achievement.


Read a summary of this research (DOC 109 KB)

Read the full report (DOC 701 KB)

Families Choices: Choosing School(s)

This 2010 research indicates that for many families the ‘choice’ of which school to send their child to may be an illusion. The Families Choices: Choosing School(s) research looks at the factors that influence parent and caregiver choice around where their child goes to school.


Read the full research report (PDF 701 KB)

Read a summary of this research (DOC 95 KB)

Inclusive Education in New Zealand

What are we doing about initial teacher education, professional learning and development in New Zealand? Research completed in 2006 by Missy Morton and Liz Gordon. The aim of this project was to provide a survey of the contemporary New Zealand landscape in initial teacher education and ongoing professional learning: what are we doing to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to provide good school experiences for disabled students?


Read a summary of this research (DOC 75 KB)

Read the full research report (PDF 142 KB)

Young People Designing their Own Futures

Outcomes from Phase One of a 2004 research study into transition of disabled youth from school into employment. One aim was to develop the framework of a support model that facilitates interagency coordination in support of disabled youth and that is targeted towards the involvement of young people in the decision making regarding their career, training and participation pathways. Written by Grant Cleland and Karen Rickerby.


Read a summary of this research (DOC 94 KB)

Read the full research report (PDF 585 KB)

Community Participation Project

In 2003, CCS Disability Action received funding to do a participatory action research project. The aim of the project was to develop some shared understandings of community participation and ways to support people with disabilities to take part in community life. The project actively involved CCS Disability Action service users and staff.


Download a summary of this research (DOC 91 KB)

Read the full research report (PDF 6319 KB)

The library can also supply this report as individual chapters 1-9 (doc) and appendices (pdf). We also have print only copies of the Individual Stories from this research - 0800 227 200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Front cover of The Man with No ArmsThe Man With No Arms and Other Stories

In this absorbing book Glenn Busch captures with compelling authenticity, the intimate stories of nine people who live daily with the reality of a disability. They speak candidly of growing up, the importance of work, family, relationships, parenthood, of wanting to be treated like everyone else in a world that still chooses to see them as different. Hanne Johnsen’s images capture many personal moments and show the mutual rapport she has with the people she met.

Available from CCS Disability Action - Canterbury West Coast
Phone: 03 365 5661
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Cost $39.99 including GST + $5.00 postage within New Zealand