Technologies included in the updated New Zealand’s Disability Action Plan

New Zealand’s government has recently updated its Disability Action Plan 2014-2018. After being released in April 2014, two rounds of public consultations were carried out and an update was approved in December 2015. The consultations were mainly centred around pinpointing the priorities and relevant actions to persons with disabilities. The plan has four shared results:

  • Increase employment and economic opportunities;
  • Transform the disability support system;
  • Ensure personal safety;
  • Promote access in the community.

The 2015 update identifies the government agencies responsible for each of the results expected. In particular, in order to promote access in the community, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has been charged with investigating “opportunities for technology to increase disabled people’s participation in work, community and political life, including through both assistive and access to mainstream technology.” The update also includes new actions compared to the original plan such as the implementation of the Disability Data and the Evidence Working Group programme.

If you are not yet familiar with the original plan, you can find here the official version (watch here in sign language); it identifies priorities and the agencies responsible for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The update of the Disability Action Plan is only a first step of a reform process currently occurring in New Zealand in this field, which will also lead to the revision of its Disability Strategies in 2016. This process has already started with the establishment of a Reference Group (to be nominated by February 2016) which will provide advice on this revision.

Additional Sources: Disability Action Plan 2014-2018: Update 2015, Office for Disability Issues, GAATES, Office for Disability Issues (ii), Yahoo, Nominations for the Disability Strategy Revision Reference Group