Disability in Whanganui
- Provide greater impetus and support for the implementation of the NZ Disability Strategy. The Convention provides practical guidance on the implementation of the rights of disabled people, both immediately in the text and over time through the regular periodic reporting process to the United Nations; and
- Assist government agencies to analyse and improve, where necessary, the current mechanisms for promotion and monitoring of policy that impact on disabled people. It will also help to ensure that mainstream
Building Act 2004
- The Building Act, Sections 112 and 115, must take into account disability issues in respect to access and facilities and alterations to existing buildings.
Human Rights Act 1993
- physical disability or impairment (e.g. respiratory conditions)
- physical illness
- psychiatric illness (e.g. depression or schizophrenia)
- intellectual or psychological disability or impairment (e.g. learning disorders)
- any other loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function (e.g. arthritis or amputation)
- reliance on a guide dog, wheelchair or other remedial means
- the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing illness (e.g. HIV/AIDS or hepatitis)
Health and Disability Act 2000
Overview of Disability Issues
Currently disability issues are being addressed to some extent at an operational level. With the increasing age of our population, it would be prudent to encourage a disability perspective for planning and strategic purposes. This includes the design of community assets and strategies on how those assets are utilised. Council is addressing disability issues at both the operational level and in future design of projects.
The Council currently relies on an informal common sense approach to identifying projects that require a disability perspective. The Council is endeavouring to take into account a disability perspective to be incorporated at the early stages of project development to improve the final outcome.
Disability Awareness in the Community
The Council is trying to actively promote greater disability awareness through its communications with the community. This includes promoting the different ways in which the Council has made its documents and communications more accessible.
Disability Services Directory of Regional Information
The Whanganui Disability Resources Centre maintains an up-to-date, comprehensive directory of local, regional and national organisations which provide specific or generic health and/or disability services to our community.