In an inclusive society, everyone has their full rights recognised and actively participates in their communities.
We want to ensure that New Zealanders with impairments have access to quality education, essential services, and suitable employment.
We will also want to ensure that people with impairments can participate fully in our democracy and in decisions affecting them, are safe from discrimination, and have support to maintain their autonomy.
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Recent news about Disability Issues
Disabled people are seriously under-represented in paid employment and home ownership. The Government has a responsibility to step up and ensure their access and participation within society. More
As a signatory to the *United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Government has an absolute responsibility to step up and remove barriers to participation for disabled people. More
The Green Party today announced a major $115 million a year package of support for special education services in schools, including a doubling of the number of children who can access the highest levels of support and more help for pre-school children. More
The Green Party expressed sadness at the passing today of Bev Grammer. More
Captioning should be provided for TV programmes made with public funds. More
This bill is presenting yet another barrier to voting for some of the most disenfranchised and marginalised people in our society. More
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) should be officially recognised in parliament's Standing Orders as a part of the current review, the Green Party said today. More
Lack of access is a major concern for many disabled people and their families. We would like to support this bill in subsequent stages if the select committee can adequately address the concerns of the disability community. More
Green Party list MP Catherine Delahunty hosts a forum on the impact of the Government's family care law, with guest speakers. More
The lack of captioning for a recently released DVD dealing with the issue of family violence is a serious omission that needs to be rectified as soon as possible, the Green Party said today. More
The Government must step up to implement the recommendations from today's Human Rights Commission report 'a New Era in the Right to Sign' the Green Party said. More
Does he agree with the Attorney-General's advice that the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) unjustifiably limits the right to judicial review; if not, why not? More
The Government Administration select committee are currently holding an inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament. Submissions to this inquiry are open until Friday 12 July. More
This may be news to the National Government, but actually children learn through working with a supportive professional, a registered teacher, and with family, and with each other, through cooperation. Learning is a collective and collaborative experience. More
The lives of these people, the hours, the love, and the care, count for nothing in the Government's economic model. I think that is morally bankrupt and I think New Zealanders deserve something better. More