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To: House of Representatives

Disabled people deserve their full equitable rights

Disabled people deserve their full equitable rights

Dear Minister,

We call on you to ensure disabled people can access their full and equal rights by setting up an independent regulatory body that is led and run by disabled people.

Disabled form 24% of Aotearoa’s population yet experience inequitable access to health and disability services, education, a lack of accessible housing, lower employment statistics and struggle to break out of poverty through no fault of their own.

Join our call asking the House of Representatives to urgently prioritise an independent regulatory body that is led and run by disabled people, to ensure disabled people are in leadership roles and their rights are upheld.

This body will ensure the disabled voices are heard by governing bodies consistent with the articles of the UNCRPD, as signed and agreed to by the NZ Government.

Why is this important?

Everyone should feel included in our society and have access to opportunities. The Government has a responsibility to ensure disabled people can access their full and equal rights.

They can do this by setting up an independent regulatory body that is led and run by disabled people. This will enable a society where disabled people can be fully included to be able to fully participate.

There are many barriers disabled people face are because society is built inaccessibly. For too long disabled have been ignored and denied equitable access and it is long overdue to bring them in from the cold. If the Government was able to prioritise a Racing Ministry, why a regulatory body to oversee the rights and needs of disabled, led and run by disabled?

Please support our petition to help us gain full, non-disabling access to society. Remember disability is the only identity that does not discriminate.

How it will be delivered

We had hoped to deliver the petition in person on the day of the March event in Wellington to the Minister for disabilities issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni. We will now keep it open until mid April to gather more signatures for change to happen. https://www.facebook.com/events/176150740974699/

If you have any issues please email us at hikoi4disabled@gmail.com

Wellington, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • I support any effort to promote the rights of people with disabilities.
  • This cause is very close to my heart
  • We need to listen to the voices that know and understand the issues they are facing. The ones that matter need to become the decision makers.

Updates

2021-03-19 16:53:47 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2021-03-13 10:51:54 +1300

500 signatures reached

2021-03-08 20:08:09 +1300

100 signatures reached

2021-03-08 17:20:30 +1300

50 signatures reached

2021-03-08 15:33:30 +1300

25 signatures reached

2021-03-08 15:02:02 +1300

10 signatures reached