Telecommunications Inq. Ignores Disability Sector
Foundation For The Blind Dismayed That Ministry Inquiry
Telecommunications Ignores Disability Sector
Media Release From The Royal New Zealand Foundation For
The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind (RNZFB) is dismayed to note that the Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications has in part, been reduced by Government to economic objectives and largely ignores the disability sector.
Jane Holden, Chief Executive of the RNZFB says
that "while there are some positive recommendations, I am
extremely disappointed to note that no concrete action has
been taken to ensure the equal participation by disabled New
Zealander's in accessing and using telecommunications. Given
the high degree of technological innovations and the
consequent potential increased
participation in the electronic age by disabled New Zealanders particularly the blind and sight-impaired we are most concerned that the Minister has not accepted the recommendation to establish a Disability Advisory Commission.
"This would in fact have brought us in line with international trends. By not adopting the recommendation to establish a Disability Advisory Commission, Government has not acknowledged the importance of input from disabled citizens in this country.
"The RNZFB will be actively pursuing this issue with
the Minister to ensure that the social objectives of this
Government as they relate to people with disabilities are
not simply consultation with no follow up. This country
needs to take active steps if we are to truly value the
disabled New Zealanders in all aspects of life. Acceptance of the recommendation could have been a real first step." ENDS