Disability

23-04-2014 - Learn Sign Language for Free During NZ Sign Language Week

Type: Event, Media Release

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa organises New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week. The week is a celebration of one of the New Zealand’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language. NZSL Week helps promote the language as well as raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and the issues/challenges its members face each day.It is also a […]

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17-04-2014 - Commission presents Waitakere College Indian Culture Group with Inclusiveness Award

Type: Acknowledgement, Presentation

On the 11th of April Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson and Human Rights Specialist Julie Watson traveled to Waitakere College to present their Indian Culture Group with the Te Urunga Award for Inclusiveness during their school assembly. The group consisting of 22 members, included Snehal Mevasia and Ashwant Naidu, two students from the from the schools’ […]

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14-04-2014 - The Te Urunga Award for Inclusiveness presented to Mt Albert Grammar School

Type: Event

On Friday the 11th of April, Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson traveled up to Auckland to present Mt Albert Grammar School’s Samoan Cultural Group with the Te Urunga Award for Inclusiveness. Speaking to a hall full of captivated students, he presented the award to school representatives including: Samoan Cultural Group leaders Josias Faleolo and Lillian Kome, fellow group member Amelia […]

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09-04-2014 - United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement

Type: Report, Statement

Following their first official invite to New Zealand the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has released a statement outlining their preliminary findings and conclusions of their visit. The Working Group acknowledged that, overall, legislation and policy concerning deprivation of liberty in New Zealand is well-developed and generally consistent with international human rights law and […]

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02-04-2014 - Funding gaps for sexual violence victims a blemish on human rights

Type: Media Release

Funding gaps and barriers to specialist services means some victims of sexual violence may never recover from the trauma they experience, according to a submission released by the Human Rights Commission today. The Commission told the Social Services Select Committee it welcomes an inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services in New […]

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24-03-2014 - VIDEO: World Down Syndrome Day #DearFutureMom

Type: Video

Over four million people have viewed video featuring children with Down syndrome offering some helpful and positive advice to a pregnant mum. An emotional video message to a worried mum-to-be who discovered that her future child has Down syndrome has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. The moving “Dear Future Mom” video, which was created to coincide […]

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19-03-2014 - World Down Syndrome Day ̶ an opportunity to celebrate diversity

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson, challenged all New Zealanders to celebrate and embrace diversity on World Down Syndrome Day. Speaking at the 2014 Down Syndrome Day T4T and the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) National Achievements Awards Ceremony at Parliament last night, Paul Gibson says this year’s theme about health, wellbeing and achievement […]

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26-02-2014 - High Court decision welcomed

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Human Rights Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson, welcomes the Auckland High Court decision to reinstate a disabled student back into the school that had expelled him last year. The 14 year old Green Bay High School student has  Asperger’s Syndrome. Commissioner Paul Gibson says the success of this case supports the right of all disabled students […]

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11-12-2013 - New Zealand loses disability rights champion

Type: Media Release

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson today extended his sympathies to the family of Donna-Rose McKay. “Donna-Rose was a good friend, mentor, an inspiration, and a champion for disability rights. She was a well known and respected figure in the disability community. She will be sorely missed. “Donna-Rose was the Head of Disability Information and Support […]

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10-11-2013 - Non-consensual sterilisation laws for children outdated

Type: Media Release

The Government must reform the laws governing non-consensual sterilisation for children, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson. Mr Gibson’s call follows TVNZ’s Sunday reporting children as young as seven years old are being sterilised without their consent. “There may very well be cases where non-consensual sterilisation is the last and only option available. But it’s […]

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