Easy Targets: Seen and Not Heard—The Silencing and Invisibility of Disabled Children and Parents in Post-Reform Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Rod Wills


  • Families are positioned by services, professional knowledge and media.

  • Disability charity organisations and support groups have taken on the roles previously associated with state-funded institutions.

  • Families become consumers rather than navigators steering their own course.

  • De-institutionalisation had taken over two decades to achieve, the model of managerialism and reform was implemented in less than 12 months.

  • Print media discourse maintains a negative regard of disabled people, children and their parents.

  • The provision of care by families is linked to the view that disability is an individual’s burden.

  • In contemporary society, the ethos of individualism and choice often displace disability rights.


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  • Rod Wills
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  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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