Serious injury & disability
There are many books and websites that provide information and support for people with serious injuries. These contain useful information and resources you can access for support.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Other disabilities – burns, amputations, sight impairment
- For Carers
- For Parents
- Disability support groups
- Disability information
- Disability rights and advocacy
- Key earthquake safety tips for people with disabilities
Spinal Cord injury (SCI)
- The New Zealand Spinal Cord Impairment Action Plan aims to improve the health and wellbeing for people with spinal cord injuries
Download the Spinal Cord Impairment Action Plan 2014 - 2019 (PDF 8M)
- ACC Spinal Cord Guidelines for Attendant Care - guidelines for determining the hours of attendant care needed for people with a spinal cord injury.
Download the ACC Spinal Cord Guidelines for Attendant Care
- Back on Track: spinal injury rehabilitation handbook - published by the New Zealand Spinal Trust it's a patient handbook for people in their early rehabilitation phase, as well as for their carers, whānau/families and friends.
Order Back on Track (external link)
Complex Care Group Trust
PO Box 334-073
Sunnynook, AUCKLAND 0743
0800 852 693
Te Pou: o Te Whakaaro Nui – mental health, addiction and disability workforce development
Books and other printed resources
"Children with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Parents’ Guide", Lisa Schoenbrodt (editor), 2001. Written by a team of medical specialists, therapists, educators and an attorney, the book covers:
- what is traumatic brain injury
- medical concerns
- rehabilitation and treatments
- coping and adjustment
- effects on learning and thinking
- speech and language, and behaviour
- educational needs
- legal issues.
The book is available to order online (external link).
Parent to Parent New Zealand (external link)
New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres (external link)
WEKA Disability Information (external link)
“Enabling Good Lives” (external link) report, August 2011. This report, commissioned by the Minister for Disability Issues (Hon. Tariana Turia), takes a fresh approach to community participation and day services for people with disabilities. For more information visit the Office of Disability Issues (external link) website.
“Hope and Rehabilitation”, by Frances Denz July 2009. A hand book for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. The book can be ordered by emailing the author directly at email@example.com.
“Spinal Dogs: A day in the life of Ivor Disabilitybich” (external link), by William Gruar October 1996. One man’s story of rehabilitating after a spinal injury. The book can be ordered online from Valid Press.
“Try, Try Again”, by Jason Barrell with Elaine Weber McGough, 2009. The story of Jason Barrell’s journey to becoming a motivational speaker after breaking his neck playing professional rugby, followed by stokes that left him with a brain injury. The book can be ordered online from the Jason Barrell's website (external link).
Download the Earthquake Safety Tips for people with disabilities (PDF 503K) information sheet, which is produced by Civil Defence New Zealand.