Current Campaigns For Change

There are several current disability campaigns and groups promoting them.

Parent Caregiver Payments

Nine people have claimed in the courts that a Ministry of Health caregiver policy excluded them, unlawfully, from payment for the provision of disability care services. Specifically for their adult children who live with impairments and require significant long term care.

Following that case the government has introduced a new policy, effective from October 2013, which will fund some disabled people to pay a family member to provide personal care and household management.

Progress Reporting on the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international law to;

promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity (Article 1 of the Convention).

New Zealand is a signatory to the Convention. In practical terms this means that Government must provide support and services that enable full participation by everyone. In taking the lead, the Government will do everything possible to influence the attitudes and behaviour of society as a whole.

Reporting

The New Zealand Convention Coalition has been designated to monitor the implementation of the convention. The Coalition reports annually on the progress of the Disability Convention and contains the recommendations on implementation and achieving rights for disabled New Zealanders.

Building Access Policies

This report discusses complaints received by the Human Rights Commission and looks at how New Zealand's current regulations deal with accessibility and practical ways to make improvements, specifically within the Christchurch rebuild.

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