IHC has supported people with intellectual disabilities to live meaningful lives in the community for more than 75 years.
We’ve come a long way in the past 75 years, with IHC leading the way in supporting and advocating for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities and their families. But there’s still so much more we need to do, and that’s why donation support like this is so important.
People with intellectual disabilities are still some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Families of children with intellectual disabilities are often very resilient, but there are crucial moments these families often come under extreme pressure and that’s where IHC’s Family Whānau Liaisons provide support, expertise and helpful connections within their communities. IHC also has an online portal families connect and support each other, it’s called Awhi.
IHC is New Zealand’s largest provider of residential support and care through it’s IDEA Services and has a presence in almost every community around the country.
The IHC Library is a hugely valued resource to many families struggling to understand and navigate their own families journey. We have also developed an online app for young people with intellectual disabilities to learn how to make good decisions with money and life, and also provide a fun way to learn about work or flatting settings.
IHC also has a much loved volunteer friends programme, in which more than 850 people with intellectual disabilities are matched up with friends, and they do fun things together throughout the year. We all know how important friends are in our lives, IHC research showed people with intellectual disabilities often miss out on friendships.
Right from the beginning, IHC has been a strong voice for and with people with intellectual disabilities and their families, making sure they get a fair go, making sure their voice is heard and standing with them so they can get access to the education opportunities, health services and community access, they need and have a right to.
IHC is incredibly grateful to everyone who
chooses to support Ray Urlich and his
amazing 2 wheel adventure.