Understanding the different types of people that may be able to assist you with your disability is important.
A Kaitūhono/Connector is an ally that works alongside disabled people and whānau to build an aspirational Good Life plan, connect with community, and prepare for the future.
Occupational therapists (also known as OTs) provide therapy and support to people who need help to carry out everyday activities because of illness, injury, or disability. Their ultimate goal is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.
Physiotherapists (also known as PTs) help people regain or improvement their movement and function after they have been affected by an injury, disability, or health condition. They can also give advice on how to prevent injuries.
Speech language therapists help people who struggle to communicate verbally or to swallow.
Hearing therapists help people adjust to living with hearing loss. They assist people to manage their hearing loss in their everyday lives.
For further information on how these people help and links through to organisations visit Firstport