Disability Sector Information, Research and Surveys

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Disability Sector Information

Auckland Design Manual launches design tool to encourage accessibility
Auckland Disability Law Supported Decision Making Resources
Blind Spot Podcast
Care Matters
System Transformation Updates
Latest Disability Action Plan progress report on ODI website
Making things easier for MSD Clients
Ministry of Health NGO Health and Disability Network
New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline Update
New Zealand joined the Marrakesh Treaty
Transitional Housing – Social Housing Assessment Changes

Research and Surveys

ADL Community Survey (Auckland Disability Law)
Korean Parents invited to take part in a Survey & Free Positive Parenting Programme
Public Transport Survey
Research Participants Wanted – As a disabled person have you been involved as a suspect, accused person or defendant in a criminal trial
Standing Tall Transforming Abilities Survey
Young Adult Research Participants wanted – University of Auckland

 

 

Auckland Design Manual launches design tool to encourage accessibility
The Auckland Design Manual has introduced a new tool to support architects and designers incorporate ways to cater for people of all physical abilities and stages of life when they are designing buildings and public spaces. The new Universal Design Tool is part of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Manual website. The tool is a free online resource providing best practice design guidance with diagrams, examples and checklists to inspire universal design. Universal design encourages people to design for human diversity and to implement design solutions that work for everyone. Elise Copeland, Auckland Council’s Principal Specialist for Universal Access says the Universal Design Tool provides tangible examples of universal design from around the Auckland region that are functional and attractive. “Universal design is a growing priority for designers and developers – particularly for those who are working on mixed-use and public buildings like galleries, retail spaces and public transport hubs that need to be accessed by everyone.” Councillor Cathy Casey says that good design is vital so that everyone can enjoy Auckland safely and easily. “Our city is growing and it needs to be able to work for all of us at the different stages of our lives – whether we are able-bodied or differently-abled. We want to make Auckland welcoming, inclusive and user-friendly for all of us.” Carina Duke, The Blind Foundation’s Practice Advisor says The Blind Foundation was pleased to help with the Tool’s development. “Universal design covers many of the aspects of design that improve accessibility for those who are blind or have low-vision, such as colour, contrast, lighting and tactile features. This Tool will provide people with a greater awareness of aspects of best practice and going beyond minimum standards to create environments that are inclusive for everyone.” The Universal Design Tool is part of a growing suite of design resources on the Auckland Design Manual website. It was developed in collaboration with the Auckland Design Office, the Universal Design Forum, and a wide range of industry professionals. For more information visit www.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz. For further information please contact: Nicole O’Brien, Publicity Specialist Nicole.obrien@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, 021 728 571

Auckland Disability Law Supported Decision Making Resources
They have developed a set of resources as part of a project. The resources can be downloaded and distributed. If you would like printed copies please email info@adl.org.nz. Let’s talk about Supported Decision Making, Let’s talk about Supported Decision Making – easy read, Promoting Supported Decision making and the protection of personal and property rights act and a roadmap to success poster.

ADL Community Survey (Auckland Disability Law)
Auckland Disability Law (ADL) works with disabled people around their disability related legal issues, and provide legal education and law reform work within the community. The Ministry of Justice, our primary funder, is currently doing a Community Law Funding Review of the 24 Community Law Centres (CLCs) in Aotearoa New Zealand. CLCs have had a funding freeze for the last eight years. While ADL is now able to do some work across Aotearoa New Zealand, our primary funding level has remained largely the same as when we only worked in Auckland. ADL believes there is a need for a properly resourced national disability legal service, and that ADL should be adequately funded to do this role. ADL is keen to hear if you agree with ADL’s position and what you would need from a national disability legal service going forward.  Fill in the ADL Community Survey Now!  Go to ADL Community Survey Online – English, Go to ADL Community Survey Online – NZSL ,  Download ADL Community Survey Word Format – Electronic Fill-in, Download ADL Community Survey Word Format – Printable Large Print, Listen to ADL Community Survey Online. To request the ADL Community Survey in audio or braille format, or a printed copy, or to provide feedback by phone, please contact ADL on 0800 ADL 001 (0800 235 001), text 027 457 5140 or email info@adl.org.nz. The survey closes on 14 March 2018. To find out more about ADL, visit ADL’s website

Blind Spot Podcast
I publish an audio podcast called the Blind Side. It has an international audience of several thousand regular listeners, and it covers a range of current affairs and lifestyle issues from a blindness perspective. Since I’m based in Wellington, I feel we can make a unique contribution to informing those with an interest in disability issues ahead of the New Zealand general election. I have reached out to all parties currently in Parliament, and those registering in current polling, seeking a feature-length interview with their disability issues spokesperson. This is an opportunity to meet those who have been assigned the disability portfolio and learn about what makes them tick, and also talk at length about some of the issues, challenges and opportunities within the sector at present. These interviews will be rolled out between now and the election as part of the podcast. Although I’m blind, and our podcast is usually concerned with blindness issues, I want to ensure that these interviews are of interest to a wider group within the disability sector. To that end, I’m seeking to spread the word so people can submit questions they would like answered by the candidates. Some questions may be specific to one candidate, while others may be topics you’d like covered by all candidates. Some may be focussed on a specific disability, while others may be of general interest. Anyone is welcome to email questions to TheBlindSide@mosen.org. I’m endeavouring to cover disability issues in a level of detail that simply won’t happen in the mainstream media. Questions from the sector will ensure these interviews help people to cast an informed vote. Jonathan Mosen click here

Care Matters
Care Matters is a ground-breaking carer learning and wellbeing resource service, designed in New Zealand by carers specifically for carers in the disability community. Phone 0508 236 236 or click here.

System Transformation Updates
The NZ disability sector is currently undergoing a System Transformation.  A working group is meeting regularly to progress this transformation. They are reporting back after each meeting. Here is a link to the key information

Latest Disability Action Plan progress report on ODI website
Just to advise that progress updates on the Disability Action Plan to July 2017 have been published on the ODI website. You can read the updates by going to here and clicking on an outcome. All current actions are listed under outcomes. Not all outcomes have actions.

Making things easier for MSD Clients
Click here to see the MSD Work and Income information. We’ve been working to make it easier for our clients to see us when they apply for a benefit. In most of our service centres we’re now running a ‘new business window’ for clients coming in for their application appointment. We’re letting clients know they can come in when it suits them over a window of time, e.g. between 9am-11am on a particular day. This makes it easier for people to work around other commitments such as getting children to school and means they don’t have to worry if they can’t make a specific appointment time. Save time and reduce hassle by signing up to MyMSD. We’re adding more and more services to MyMSD so clients can get things done for themselves, quickly, easily, and at a time that suits them. MyMSD has become a really popular way for our clients to keep on top of things without having to come into a service centre or call us. You can apply for help from us, read and sign their obligations when applying for assistance, view and work through their application steps, like reading and agreeing to obligations, booking appointments, etc, reapply for Temporary Additional Support. MyMSD already makes it easy for clients to: tell us what they earned, apply for help with food, school uniform, school stationery and emergency dental costs, tell us about a change in phone number, address or accommodation costs, tell us about a relationship change, check their next appointment, book, change and cancel some appointments, view their payment details, view debt details, view, save, print or email most of their letters check their payment card transactions – in near real time. New services are regularly added to MyMSD so you can do more online in future. No data? No problem. If you’re on the Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees or Skinny mobile networks you can use our website and online services at little or no cost from your mobile phone or digital device.

Ministry of Health NGO Health and Disability Network
There are a lot of posts of news and updates on Facebook

New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline Update
The NZ Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline (click here) provides evidence-based information for people on the autism spectrum, their family and whanau, as well as health, disability and education professionals and social service agencies. It includes information about good practice that is evidence-based and aims to improve the health, educational and social outcomes for people with ASD.

New Zealand joined the Marrakesh Treaty
The Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for blind and visually impaired New Zealanders, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean say. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled is an international framework that will enable the reproduction and distribution of books and other literary works in accessible formats. “An estimated 90 per cent of all written materials worldwide are not published in accessible formats, such as braille, audio or large print. For around 168,000 New Zealanders with a print disability, this is a barrier to participation in public life and restricts employment, educational and recreational opportunities,” Ms Wagner says. “This treaty will make meaningful change to the lives of thousands of New Zealanders by ensuring they have access to a greater variety of books and other publications in accessible formats. It also supports the Government’s vision of creating a ‘non-disabling society’, as outlined in the New Zealand Disability Strategy.” Ms Dean says the Government will make other changes to further improve access to copyright works. “These changes will allow more organisations and individuals to produce and provide accessible format works without breaching copyright laws. “We now need to complete the Parliamentary treaty examination process and make the necessary legislative amendments to ensure New Zealanders with a print disability can benefit from the agreement as soon as possible,” Ms Dean says. Ms Dean is also pleased to announce Cabinet’s decision to make the Blind and Low Vision Education Network (BLENNZ) a prescribed body under the Copyright Regulations. This will allow BLENNZ to better meet the educational needs of students with a print disability. For more information, visit: www.mbie.govt.nz/marrakeshtreaty

Transitional Housing – Social Housing Assessment Changes
Here is a link to the Transitional Housing Document. As of 03 July 2017, we started offering a phone appointment for all social housing assessments, as experience confirms this works well for the majority of our clients. It also means that if your organisation is acting as an agent on behalf of a client, they can complete the appointment with you, from your office or at an agreed meeting place. A client will be able to sign-off the obligation page of their Assessment Summary by either going into one of our local offices, or the Assessment Summary can be sent to a client by post and returned to us using a postage-paid envelope that will be provided. If a client would like a face-to-face appointment at a local service centre, this can still be arranged when booking the assessment appointment. Tenancy Reviews – Since July 2014, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has been conducting tenancy reviews to understand if people living in social housing still need it, and if they do, that the house continues to meet their needs. There have been some great outcomes for clients, including home ownership and greater independence into long-term sustainable accommodation in the private market. There’s also information for clients about tenancy reviews on MSD’s housing website. The information is available as a printable factsheet in Burmese, Chinese, English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language, Samoan and Tongan and in a more accessible Easy Read format. Transitional Housing – MSD supports clients into a range of housing options. Transitional housing is one of those options, where clients are provided warm, secure short-term accommodation for around 12 weeks, along with tailored social support while they’re there. We’ve enclosed a new factsheet for more information. Social Housing Quarterly Report and Social Housing Register – The latest Social Housing Quarterly Report (June 2017) and the figures for the Social Housing Register (June 2017) have just been published. The Social Housing Quarterly Report (June 2017) provides a full picture of the progress we’re making to bring on additional supply and support people with their housing needs. The Social Housing Register (June 2017) is published at the same time as the quarterly report. It contains a breakdown of information for the Housing and Transfer Registers by region. You can also read newsletters at www.socialhousing.govt.nz.

Research and Surveys

Korean Parents invited to take part in a Survey & Free Positive Parenting Programme
The Parenting Research Group at the University of Auckland is looking for Korean parents who have a child between 2-10 years with a developmental disability to participate in a parenting survey and/or positive parenting seminars as part of a research project. Have a look at this flyer and the participant information sheet.

Public Transport Survey
I am a 4th-year undergraduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland. I am currently undertaking a research project with Joshua Bamford, another 4th-year undergraduate student, alongside Jun Park, a PHD student. We are trying to understand the barriers or issues faced by disadvantaged pedestrians in their journeys involving public transport. This research involves interviewing a diverse range of pedestrians with disadvantages to explore these issues from their perspectives. Currently, we are looking for members in your organisation who may be interested in being involved with this research. Please find attached the participant information sheet which contains information about the research and the procedures, as well as a guideline of the list of questions we will ask during interviews. Questionnaire here. Participant Information form.

Research Participants Wanted – As a disabled person have you been involved as a suspect, accused person or defendant in a criminal trial?
Would you like to help make the system  better for autistic people?  If so I’d like to talk to you, I’m Tanya Breen and I want to know what is was lie for you to be suspected, arrested, charged with acrime, tried in court, or sentenced.  Even if you did not go to trial, you could still have some very useful things to say, and I’d like to hear from you.  Contact Tanya at tanya@tanyabreen.co.nz or 07 849 4240 or Click here for more information

Standing Tall Transforming Abilities Survey
Standing Tall Recruitment and Advisory is proud to announce that we will be conducting Disability Sensation and Awareness Training for a global ride share service soon. Contact driver@standingtall.co.za for more information

Young Adult Research Participants wanted – University of Auckland
A study involving EEG for ASD adults and possibly young adults. They want to reach out to find participants as part of the preparation. This study aims to help improving diagnosis and treatment for ASD individuals. Participants and/or their caregivers are going to receive an informal telephonic report and a more formal written report if requested. Detailed reports fit for purpose such as to obtain benefit may also be obtained but will have a cost, though lower than the normal rate. Contact Stephen Safford Wolfson 021 160 1914.

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