Office for Disability Issues: Email Update

30 November 2007. This email is a regular update from the Office for Disability Issues on our work and recent disability-related news.

On this page:

Part 1: Office for Disability Issues and government news
01: The Social Report 2007
02: Results of the 2006 Disability Survey released
03: Disability Advisory Council meeting summary
04: Department of Labour toolkit for employers on work-life balance and flexible work arrangements
05: Autism Spectrum Guidelines-Summary of Submissions
06: Launch of handbook on the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons
07: Ministry of Social Development launch on-line tool, MyStudyLink, - to improve student access to information
08: Ministry of Education releases reports on Effective Service Provision for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities

Part 2: Current consultations
09: Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
10: Regulation of the Professions of Speech-language Therapy and Clinical Physiology

Part 3: Sector news
11: Inclusive Communities booklet
12: North Shore LIFE Centre (NSLC) pilot mentoring programme - ‘Carabiner’
13: Family Care New Zealand
14: Deafblindness website

Part 4: Events & conferences

Part 1: Office for Disability Issues and government news

01: The Social Report 2007

The Social Report 2007 on social wellbeing and quality of life in New Zealand, has been released. The Social Report notes that nearly all regions have a lower percentage of people living in low-income households. You can read the report on the Social Report website.

For more information:
Website: The Social Report 2007

02: Results of the 2006 Disability Survey released

The 2006 Disability Survey is the third survey conducted by Statistics New Zealand to examine disability in New Zealand.

The highlights of the survey include the following:

  • 82 percent of people with disability were adults living in households, 5 percent were adults living in residential facilities and 14 percent were children (under 15 years) living in households.
  • The percentage of people with disability increased with age, from 10 percent for children aged less than 15 years to 45 percent for adults aged 65 years and over.
  • An estimated 5 percent of children had special education needs and this was the most common disability type for children. Chronic conditions or health problems and psychiatric or psychological disabilities were the next most common disability types.
  • Conditions or health problems that existed at birth and disease or illness were the most common causes of disability for children.
  • The most common disability types for adults were physical and sensory disabilities.
  • Disease or illness, and accidents or injuries were the most common causes of disability for adults. The most common type of accident or injury causing disability was one that occurred at work.
  • Nearly all adults living in residential care facilities reported having a disability (99.7 percent) and most had multiple disabilities (94 percent) and high support needs (82 percent).

For more information:
Website: 2006 Disability Survey

03: Disability Advisory Council meeting summary

The summary of the Disability Advisory Council meeting held on 30 and 31 August 2007, is now online.

For more information: Meetings in 2007.

04: Department of Labour toolkit for employers on work-life balance and flexible work arrangements

A new toolkit to help manage flexible working arrangements and work-life balance has been launched by the Minister of Labour and Small Business Minister. The toolkit represents the experience of New Zealand managers whose staff already use flexible work, and offers practical advice to other employers on topics such as roster management, job sharing or working from home. he toolkit is available on the Department of Labour website.

For more information:
Website: Work-Life Balance Project.

05: Autism Spectrum Guidelines-Summary of Submissions

A summary of the 108 submissions made on the Autism Spectrum Guidelines is available on the Ministry of Health website. The final ‘New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline’ is expected to be completed by December 2007 and released by 31 January 2008.

For more information:
Website: Draft Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline

06: Launch of handbook on the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) launched a handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The handbook will particularly enable legislators to become more familiar with the Convention and provide them with the tools to facilitate its ratification and subsequent implementation.

The handbook is available online. For more information:
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=212

07: Ministry of Social Development launch on-line tool, MyStudyLink, - to improve student access to information

MyStudyLink, an online self-help tool that allows students to view and update their personal details online, went live on Wednesday 7 November 2007.

MyStudyLink will allow students to:

  • view and update their personal information such as bank account details, study details, address, phone number and income
  • view and update loan living costs
  • view previous transactions and next payments
  • view their loan balance and request a loan statement
  • track the status of their application.

These self-service options will:

  • provide students with improved access to, control of, and choice about the services they receive
  • encourage students to keep their own information up-to-date
  • allow students to complete many simple transactions themselves, freeing up staff to help students who require more complex support
  • contribute to the Ministry of Social Development's delivery of E-government services and accessible state services.
    The ability of clients to directly access and update a database is a first for the Ministry of Social Development.

For more information:
Freephone: 0800 88 99 00
Fax free: 0800 88 33 88
Deaf Link freefax: 0800 621 621
Website: MyStudyLink
Email: Use the Ask a Question (FAQs) service available on website
Overseas phone number: on-line tool: 64 4 917 3107
StudyLink Outreach offices: locations available on MyStudyLink website.

08: Ministry of Education releases reports on Effective Service Provision for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities

The Ministry of Education has released two reports:

  1. Integrated Effective Service Provision for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities: A Summary of Two Research Projects.
  2. Research Project on Integrated Effective Service Provision for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities: Two Part Research Project.

The reports can be downloaded directly or copies can be requested.

For more information:
Email: research.info@minedu.govt.nz
Phone: 04 463 8306
Fax: 04 463 8312
Postal: Research Division, Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington.
Website: Special Education Publications

Part 2: Current consultations

09: Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

The Ministry of Health is consulting on the operation of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. The closing date for submissions is Friday 21 December 2007.

For more information:
Contact: Sandra Cumming
Health and Disability Systems Strategy
Ministry of Health
P O Box 5013
WELLINGTON.

Website: http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/regulation-of-speech-language-therapy-clinical-physiology-sept07

10: Regulation of the Professions of Speech-language Therapy and Clinical Physiology

Two professions, speech-language therapy and clinical physiology, are seeking to be regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. Submission close Monday 3 December 2007.

For more information:
Contact: Sandra Cumming
Health and Disability Systems Strategy
Ministry of Health
P O Box 5013
WELLINGTON.

Website: http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/regulation-of-speech-language-therapy-clinical-physiology-sept07

Part 3: Sector News

11: Inclusive Communities booklet

Inclusive Communities: a guideline about disability for Territorial Authorities and District Health Boards was published as a resource to help ensure the issues of disability are considered and included in local government decision making. Seven not-for-profit organisations have come together to educate and generate awareness about disability issues. The booklet has been produced by Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) and CCS Disability Action in partnership with five other organisations: People First New Zealand, IHC, Central Potential Inc, Workbridge and the Deaf Association of New Zealand. The Office for Disability Issues provided funding for the production of the booklet.

For copies of the booklet:

For more information:
Peter Wilson
National Development Manger
CCS Disability Action
phone: 027 292 1922
email: peter.wilson@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Or
Gary Williams
CEO DPA
phone: 04 801 9100
email: gary@dpa.org.nz

12: North Shore LIFE Centre (NSLC) pilot mentoring programme - ‘Carabiner’

The North Shore LIFE Centre is offering a pilot mentoring program that connects disabled young people aged 16-26 years of age to professionals in the chosen field that they aspire towards. The Centre is calling for nominations.

For more information:
Contact: Cameron Calkoen
Phone: 09 414 5360
Direct Dial: 09 448 0563
Fax: 09 414 5361
Email: cam@nslc.org.nz

Postal: North Shore Life Centre
3 William Laurie Place
P.O Box 83
Albany
North Shore City
Auckland 0755

13: Family Care New Zealand

A magazine for caregivers. Its Winter 2007 edition is now available.

For more information: Free carer magazines!

14: Deafblindness website

Chris Glavin has set up a website providing information on Deafblindness topics such as communication, causes, books, videos, organizations, support services & mailing lists. People are invited to contribute articles and resources.

For more information:
Website: Deafblindness - K12 Academics

Part 4: Events and conferences

Information about the following events and conferences can be found on the Office website: Events and conferences.

Conferences
  • 5-7 October 2007. Living with Blindness – Building Relationships conference 2007.
  • Association for Supported Employment Conference 19-20 November 207, and post conference workshops on 21 November 2007.
Events
  • Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Canada: seminar series 12-25 November 2007.