Discussion on the barriers to a fully inclusive society in 2012

Better Design and Buildings for Everyone

New Zealand’s built environment is often not designed with the needs of all users in mind. This excludes certain people from accessing and using facilities and services such as buildings, roads and footpaths, signs, recreation facilities, and parks. This particularly affects disabled New Zealanders, who make up 17 to 20 per cent of the New Zealand population.

This report discusses complaints received by the Commission and looks at how New Zealand’s current regulations deal with accessibility, international standards and approaches. It concludes with examples of positive developments that are happening in New Zealand and recommendations for the Government. There is also a section on building a fully accessible Christchurch.

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