We are currently working on three initiatives which reflect our new approach to delivering our founders’ vision, aligned with Enabling Good Lives.

Early detection of neurodiversity in pre-school children

International data has shown conclusively that early identification and support for neurodivergent children can produce extraordinary improvement in the ability of these children to participate in school and achieve independence in later life.

LFT Auckland, with support from the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund, has partnered with Autism NZ to run a project we hope will become a test case for future initiatives. The co-venture has three objectives:

  1. To provide LFT Auckland with a proven path of assistance to disabled people under the new Ministry policy of self-directed funding
  2. To accelerate understanding of that proven path by joining with a worthy project which is already well advanced but where we can make a critical contribution and thereby take advantage of work already completed
  3. To provide evidence of a methodology consistent with new Ministry policy which may be applied to a wider range of neurological disorders and neurodivergent conditions for which materially improved outcomes are known to be available from early identification and support.

Accessible Gym Spaces

Disabled People do not currently have equal access to quality physical activities, such as those offered through community and local gyms. Solutions to provide this access need to be planned for and incorporated into gym spaces. We have identified opportunities in the wider Auckland region to install appropriate gym equipment so more Aucklanders can access and use these gyms. We expect to both contribute financially to and (in due course) fundraise for the relevant equipment.

Rehabilitation with Technology

We are exploring what may be possible to introduce and use new technologies to empower and support people in the rehabilitation process.

A wealth of overseas research has identified technologies which can assist people to reach their goals and maximise their independence. Appropriate assistive technology can help people compensate (at least in part) for a limitation and can be part of an individualised rehabilitation programme.

We have identified an initial piece of advanced technological equipment which has been proven internationally. We are quantifying the cost of providing that equipment, servicing it, providing training for expert assistance in its use and measuring the likely demand if it was to be made available. If this analysis shows that the service can be offered on a sustainable basis, we will look to implement a new service offering.