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TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL

Transition providers are contracted by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to facilitate a smooth progression from school to community life for a young person with a disability who is Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funded. In their final year at school, transition coordinators help the student with a disability, their family and education professionals from the school 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

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 –  sharleen.tongalea@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz – 09 625 9378
Website (for brochures)»

Geneva Elevator Limited, provides services all over Auckland

Barbara Mercer – barbaram@genevaelevator.co.nz – 0508 353 828

Raewyn Galloway – raewyng@genevaelevator.co.nz – 0508 353 828

They also have a Supported Employment Team that help with placements and support in employment.
Description of services (PDF)»

Hohepa Auckland. Services provided all over Auckland

Trisha Glover – trisha.glover@hohepa.com  – 09 555 5050

Please follow the link below to see what Hohepa has to offer regarding transition services.
Website»

Idea Services – transition services

North Shore, contact Kerry Gower-Kitch, kerry.gower-kitch@idea.org.nz, 09-5298777.

West Auckland, contact June Webby, June.webby@idea.org.nz, 09-5298758.

South-East Auckland, contact Gordon DeSouza, Gordon.DeSouza@idea.org.nz, ph 09-5298790 or Murtle Diamond, myrtle.diamond@idea.org.nz, 09-5298790.

Counties Manukau/South Auckland, contact Antje Aguirre, antje.aguirre@idea.org.nz, ph 09-5298791.
Transition brochure (PDF)»
Website»

Poly Emp Employment and Advisory Service

Self referrals accepted not needed to have done their courses.

They are based at Manukau Institute of Technology and UNITEC. They help the students that have completed the 2-year Work and Community Skills courses at the above tertiary institutes find paid employment.
For more information, visit the Poly-Emp website»

Real World Living Limited

Provide services all over Auckland (no website yet)

Marian Galvin is one of Auckland’s original Transition Co-ordinators, email Marian@realworldliving.co.nz or phone 09 299 5304.
read more (PDF)»

Spectrum Care Trust – provides services all over Auckland.

Sarah Allen and Carlijn Dieleman are the transition co-ordinators. You can self-refer to this service. Contact Sarah on sarah.allan@spectrumcare.org.nz or 09 634 3790, ext. 409 or Carlijn on Carlijn.Dieleman@spectrumcare.org.nz or 09 634 3790, ext. 357.

See their website or this brochure (PDF) for more information on transition and their supported employment service.