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.
New Zealand Disability Strategy & UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
New Zealand is committed to promoting a society that is inclusive of disabled people. The New Zealand Disability Strategy sets out a long-term direction for change, which is complemented by obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read about reporting on implementation, guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders.
Priorities for government
The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues leads and co-ordinates implementation across government on disability issues. Priorities for government agencies are set out in the Disability Action Plan.
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Think Differently - promoting positive attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people
The Government has invested $3 million dollars over 2011 to 2013 for a campaign to improve attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. The Think Differently campaign will fund community-driven social change, strengthen existing initiatives and support new approaches to changing attitudes.