Transition providers are contracted by the MSD (Ministry of Social Development) to facilitate a smooth progression from school to community life for a young person with a disability who is ORS (Ongoing Resourcing Scheme) funded. In their final year at school, transition coordinators help the student with a disability, their family and education professionals from the school to decide upon an appropriate community placement for post-school life. This is an important decision for any young person and requires planning and knowledge. Typically Transition Services provide information and support around:
- further adult education
- work experiences
- community experiences
- movement into or towards paid employment
- living and accommodation arrangements
- community participation and involvement (including recreational and leisure needs)
- acquisition of daily living skills needed for living within the community, and
- skills that will assist with achieving employment goals.
Disability Connect organise Transition seminars (free for parents) during the year and an annual Transition Expo which features most Auckland Transition and Vocational Programme Providers as well as an array of leisure, recreation, sports and information providers. Information about the seminars are put in ADSA’s weekly Enews, or you could call Disability Connect on 636 0351 and ask to be put on their mailing list. Read their Networker Magazine, dedicated to Transition. Everything you ever wanted to know about transitioning is in this edition.
Below are the transition providers in Auckland with their phone numbers and email addresses. (This list was correct 5 April 2018)
CCS Disability Action* – provides services all over Auckland
Sharleen Tongalea – firstname.lastname@example.org – 09 625 9378
Geneva Elevator Limited, provides services all over Auckland
Barbara Mercer – email@example.com – 0508 353 828
Raewyn Galloway – firstname.lastname@example.org – 0508 353 828
They also have a Supported Employment Team that help with placements and support in employment.
Hohepa Auckland. Services provided all over Auckland
Trisha Glover – email@example.com – 09 555 5050
Please follow the link below to see what Hohepa has to offer regarding transition services.
Idea Services – transition services
For the North Shore, contact Kerry Gower-Kitch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 09-5298777.
For West Auckland, contact June Webby, June.email@example.com, 09-5298758.
For South-East Auckland, contact Gordon DeSouza, Gordon.DeSouza@idea.org.nz, ph 09-5298790 or
Murtle Diamond, firstname.lastname@example.org, 09-5298790.
For Counties Manukau/South Auckland, contact Antje Aguirre, email@example.com, ph 09-5298791.
Real World Living Limited
Provide services all over Auckland (no website yet)
Marian Galvin, Marian@realworldliving.co.nz – 09 299 5304.
Marian Galvin is one of Auckland’s original Transition Co-ordinators – read more»
Spectrum Care Trust – provides services all over Auckland.
Sarah Allen and Carlijn Dieleman are the transition co-ordinators. Details below, you can self-refer to this service.
Sarah Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 09 634 3790, ext. 409.
Carlijn Dieleman, Carlijn.Dieleman@spectrumcare.org.nz, 09 634 3790, ext. 357.
Poly Emp Employment and Advisory Service
Self referrals accepted not needed to have done their courses.
We are based at Manukau Institute of Technology and UNITEC. We help the students that have completed the 2-year Work and Community Skills courses at the above tertiary institutes find paid employment.