Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


World Down Syndrome Day opportunity to celebrate diversity

World Down Syndrome Day an opportunity to celebrate diversity

Human Rights Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson, challenged all New Zealanders to celebrate and embrace diversity on World Down Syndrome Day.

Speaking at the 2014 Down Syndrome Day T4T and the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) National Achievements Awards Ceremony at Parliament last night, Paul Gibson says this year’s theme about health, wellbeing and achievement highlights issues and acknowledges barriers people with Down Syndrome face daily just trying to access healthcare on an equal basis as everyone else.

“It is time for an effective healthcare programme to be implemented immediately,” he says.

“People with Down Syndrome often face challenges with respect to healthcare including being denied access to healthcare, incorrect diagnosis and refusing to allow patients to participate in decisions about their treatment plans.”

Despite the many barriers, people with Down Syndrome can and do live successful and happy lives.

This World Down Syndrome Day, three achievers have been acknowledged for their outstanding accomplishments. Last night they were recognised at the awards ceremony. Chris Whitmore, from New Plymouth was recognised for his work as a volunteer rest-home worker and successful entrepreneur. He’s developed and markets the dog food brand Chris’ Crunchy Crackers. Katrina Sneath, of Onslow College in Wellington, an accomplished public speaker, is near completion of NCEA Level 2 and her study includes challenging subjects such as calculus. Special Olympian Christopher Tavita, of Dunedin, has won medals at the Special Olympics including a much coveted gold. He has also achieved a blue belt in mainstream karate and importantly, was a strong support for his recently deceased father.

“Another example of success featured recently in the media, was the one where a young Down Syndrome couple, Jill Jefferies and James Dobinson, amidst the challenges facing people in rebuilding their lives in Christchurch, were the first to marry in Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral. This is something to celebrate not just for people with Down Syndrome but for everyone who welcomes diversity.”

“Diversity must be celebrated. All of us are different but we all belong. Every day, not just on Race Relations Day or Down Syndrome Day we should explore and embrace the message, I am Aotearoa New Zealand.”

World Down Syndrome Day – 21 March 2014
Race Relations Day - 21 March 2014

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads.

This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD.

That showed that the City Rail Link, together with surface bus improvement, provided the best regional solution. However, it also identified that the city centre is already facing serious congestion across all major road entry points which, if not addressed now, will worsen. More>>

 

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: New Zealand Takes UN Security Council Seat

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says. More>>

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news