Our work

People with disabilities

In this section you’ll learn about the Human Rights Commission’s work to remove barriers for people with disabilities. Our work focuses on both individual and systemic discrimination. We intend to ensure that inequality is eliminated, the strengths of disabled people of all ages are recognised, disabled people are respected for who they are and can participate fully in all aspects of society.

We do this in a range of ways, from hosting public forums to contributing to policy development both in New Zealand and internationally. We also work with community organisations and disability advocacy groups across Aotearoa. 

Our work

Our work

We have a diverse range of projects that promote equality for people with disabilities, addressing issues like better design, political participation, and the right to sign.

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Links and resources for more detail on people with disabilities.

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Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

To help monitor the implementation of the Disability Convention, an independent mechanism has been set up.

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Korowai Whaimana Programme

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Te Urunga Award for inclusiveness

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Disabled Children's Right to Education

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

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

An inquiry into the use and promotion of New Zealand Sign Language as an official language of New Zealand.

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The Accessible Journey

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Korowai Whaimana

Korowai Whaimana was an education initiative created in partnership between the Like Minds Like Mine programme, the Human Rights Commission, and people with experience of mental illness.

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Disabled People’s Rights Reports

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.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on 3 December each year. The day is promoted across the world by the United Nations to encourage better understanding of disability issues.

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Insurance and the Human Rights Act Guidelines

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Payments for Providing Care for Disabled Adult Family Members

The Commission has been involved in a number of legal cases related to payments to individuals who provide care to disabled adult family members.

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Health insurance premiums and the Human Rights Act

Complying with human rights law has just got easier for health insurers with the release of a new Human Rights Commission publication.

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World Down Syndrome Day

Monday 21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This year the Human Rights Commission is leading a nationwide campaign to generate engagement across New Zealand with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December.

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