Interview with Janine Stewart, General Manager IHC New Zealand
IHC was founded in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted equal treatment from the education and health systems for their children with intellectual disabilities. The IHC of today is still striving for these same rights and is committed to principles of advocating for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with an intellectual disability. They support people with an intellectual disability to lead satisfying lives and have a genuine place in the community.
They have more than 5000 staff working to support 7000 people in services that include residential care, supported living, vocational support, respite care, and New Zealand’s largest non-government social housing provider. They also lobby and advocate for the human rights of all people with an intellectual disability at both a national and an international level. They raise money and awareness of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities through our charitable activities, including an extensive advocacy programme, a one-to-one volunteer programme and the country’s largest specialist intellectual disability library.