Progress Report - 2006/2007
Diversity of need
Objective 11: Promote participation of disabled Māori.
Objective 12: Promote participation of disabled Pacific peoples.
Objective 13: Enable disabled children and youth to lead full and active lives.
Objective 14: Promote participation of disabled women in order to improve their quality of life.
Objective 15: Value families, whānau and people providing ongoing support.
Some groups of disabled people face more barriers to participation than others. The 2006 Disability Survey showed that 60% of working age disabled people are employed, 66% of males and 53% of females. Disabled Māori and Pacific peoples do not fare so well: disabled Māori have a 46% employment rate, while disabled Pacific peoples have a 38% employment rate.
Objectives 11 to 15 recognise that certain groups of disabled people face more barriers than others across all areas of life. Some steps taken by agencies to reduce these barriers include:
- Te Puni Kokiri has funded the translation of the Deaf Association website into Te Reo Māori
- the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, and Social Development are working on the Early Years Intervention approach – a cross-government approach to achieve a comprehensive early years intervention system for all children aged 0 to 6 years
- the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Health received the Best of Care? An Independent Review of Issues at the Interface of Disability Support and Care and Protection in April 2006, and have developed a joint work programme to achieve better outcomes for those children and young disabled people
- the Ministry of Social Development is working on:
- Supporting Parents with disability - developing a pilot service to support parents with intellectual impairments or mental health issues, to continue to meet the needs of their children and to retain or resume the care of their children, where possible. Where children have come into care, the service is to support parents to have meaningful involvement with their children
- improving access to Out of School Services for disabled children. This involves developing a five-year action plan for Out of School Services – to ensure these services are reliable, at convenient locations and are accessible to children with a disability or other special educational needs
- a national Carers Strategy to improve information and support for carers. The strategy will be launched in 2008.