From the New Zealand Crippled Children Society to CCS Disability Action : a social and political history of a disability organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand moving from charity to social action : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy: Social Policy, Massey University, New Zealand
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The New Zealand Crippled Children Society, founded in 1935, has emerged as CCS Disability Action in the first decade of the 21st century. This thesis covers the social history of the organisation from 1935 to 1945 and 1997 to 2008, placing it into the societal context of Aotearoa New Zealand by exploring previous histories, examining historical documents and collecting information in interviews with key players. Analysis of the documentary and interview data is guided by questions about the influence on CCSDA by: • The changing perception and language around impairment and disability in the last 75 years and the influence of the social model of disability • The bicultural perspective crucial to social history in Aotearoa New Zealand expanding to multicultural considerations • The emergence of the disability rights movement and the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities • Key developments in social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand and the relationship of non profit organisations and the State with the crosspollination of innovative ideas and the varying balance of power Recommendations for CCSDA suggest continuing as a champion for the rights of disabled children and keeping the combination of quality service and social change agenda. A comprehensive history of CCS Disability Action is recommended as an acknowledgment of disabled people’s contribution to CCSDA and to society in Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand Crippled Children Society, New Zealand CCS, Children with disabilities, Services for the disabled, Disabled children, Human rights for disabled