Past projects

Discussion on the barriers to a fully inclusive society in 2012

A fully inclusive society recognises and values disabled people as equal participants. Their needs are understood as integral to the social and economic order and not identified as “special”.

To achieve full inclusion, a barrier-free physical and social environment is necessary. The Commission, in consultation with the community, has identified three key areas where disabled people continue to face barriers: the built environment; the accessing of  information and political participation.


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.

Disabled Peoples Rights Reports

With over 40 submissions received in response to the 'Wider Journey' discussion document, the Commission developed three reports on different aspects of accessibility in New Zealand. The first of these reports, Better Design and Buildings for Everyone: Disabled People’s Rights and the Built Environment, was launched in 2012 on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The three reports are:

Information in these reports also informed the Commission's first annual monitoring report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.