Video stories for people with learning disabilities

There are five videos, each with a different story. The videos look at how Sam and his friends use disability support services and how they resolve any concerns that they have.

The videos are to help people with a learning disability think about their own experiences with using disability services and their rights under the Code.

These videos were commissioned by the Health and Disability Commissioner and the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service. The videos were produced by Film for Change Aotearoa and made locally in Wellington with Wellington actors including people who use disability services.

Each video has the option to have closed captions on the screen. The closed captions and slides have also been transcribed into a Word document for each video. 

Deaf Aotearoa has created New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) for each video. 

Video 1: Making decisions
Video one is about making important decisions. Sam talks with a friend, his parents and a support coordinator, about wanting to live independently from his parents.

Video 2: Good support
Video two shows what good support looks like. Sam and his support worker Greg decide to change their plans for the day. Later Sam talks to a friend about why Greg is a good support worker for him.

Video 3: Improving your support
Video three is about improving your support. Sam and his flatmates talk with an Advocate about not having enough choice about their meal plans. The Advocate assists them to talk to their support worker about the changes they would like.

Video 4: Resolving a concern
Video four shows how to resolve concerns about a support worker. Sam is unhappy and talks to an Advocate about his support worker not showing up on time. Together they talk to Sam’s service coordinator about how the situation can be improved.

Video 5: Identifying bullying
Video five is about identifying and managing bullying. Sam is being bullied by his support worker and is affected emotionally and financially. Sam decides to talk with his local Advocate and his service provider about the bullying.