Disability Information (DIAS)
Independent disability information and advisory service
Free to people with a disability, their families, whanau, caregivers, providers and the general public. We are here to assist and answer any of your questions. Our aim is to provide information that is relevant and useful to you. We can link you to a range of information including support organisations and groups, education and training, recreation, equipment options, funding options, link centres, Firstport.
What is a DIAS?
The Ministry of Health funds a number of organisations throughout the country to provide disability information and advice in the form of a DIAS. Some of these services are individual regional organisations while others provide information through a national network.
What does a DIAS do?
A DIAS provides independent information and/or advice to disabled people, their families, whanau, caregivers, providers and the general public. This information should be accessible and appropriate to the needs of the information seeker.
A DIAS provides information on both Ministry and non-Ministry funded disability support services and how you can find them. This information may include how to find support and advocacy groups, how to find a Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) organisation and other community information, as well as specific information related to a particular disability.
Who can use a DIAS?
The service is available to everyone and there is no charge to use it. You can make use of the DIAS service whenever you chose.
Where can I get more information?
Contact details for DIAS can be found online at www.health.govt.nz/disability under ‘contact’ The New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres (NZFDIC) has several member organisations throughout New Zealand.
Call or email us
06 759 0019
28 Young Street, New Plymouth 4310
PO Box 1550 Westown
New Plymouth 4340