The Office for Disability Issues
The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point within government on disability issues. We promote and monitor implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We report to the Minister for Disability Issues and support the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues. Through our work, we have close and ongoing engagement with disability sector organisations.
Revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016
The New Zealand Disability Strategy is being revised in 2016.
Leadership and strategic direction
Involving the community
Disabled People's Organisations and government agencies are working together on governing and implementing the Disability Action Plan.
Enabling Good Lives
Demonstrations of the Enabling Good Lives approach to how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives are being implemented in Christchurch and the Waikato.
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New Zealand Sign Language
The Government is committed to promoting and maintaining the use of New Zealand Sign Language, as one of New Zealand's official languages. We support the New Zealand Sign Language Board and the New Zealand Sign Language Fund to promote and maintain use of the language.
Making it easier to employ disabled people
Find and use information and tools for employers that make it easier to employ disabled people, so that you do not miss out on people who can provide a valuable contribution to your organisation.
Disability Data and Evidence Working Group
Improving information and data about disabled New Zealanders will be progressed by the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group.
Tools, statistics, research and other resources
Access guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders. Information is available on providing reasonable accommodation and promoting supported decision making.