Disabled People

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first human rights convention of the 21st century.

Disabled People’s Rights Reports

In late 2011, the Commission released The Wider Journey: The Rights of Disabled People which  provided information on these issues and invited feedback. The Disabled People’s Rights reports have brought this information together, and include sections on the New Zealand context, international best practice, and recommendations for the future.

Your human rights and making complaints: A guide for disabled people and their families

A plain language guide to making complaints, written especially with  disabled people and their families in mind is available.

Te Urunga Award

The Human Rights Commission will be presenting Te Urunga Award to support inclusiveness for the second time at this year’s ASB Polyfest. The award will be presented to the cultural group displaying the most inclusive practice in a creative performance at the festival.

The Right to Sign: New Zealand Sign Language and Human Rights

The Commission in conducting an inquiry into the use and promotion of New Zealand Sign Language as an official language of New Zealand. The focus is on working with key government agencies to explore and address issues relating to effective and accessible service provision for NZSL users.

Disabled Children’s Right to Education

The Disabled Children’s Right to Education report was in response to complaints and issues raised with the Commission.

Mental illness and human rights

If you suspect you or someone you know has been treated differently because of mental illness, the Human Rights Commission can help.

Guide to using disability rights language

A practical guide to help us when talking or writing to, and about, disabled people.

Previous work

Guidelines on Insurance and the Human Rights Act (2006-7); Inquiry into accessible public land transport (2005-2008); Korowai Whaimana human rights education programme (2001-2007).

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