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

 

Deaf Aotearoa pleased with commitment to disability rights

Deaf Aotearoa pleased with renewed government commitment to disability rights


Deaf Aotearoa is in support of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism’s (IMM) full report Making Disability Rights Real July 2012 – December 2013, released in Christchurch yesterday.

The report highlights the New Zealand Government’s dedication to the rights of those with disabilities, including the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

Deaf Aotearoa is committed to working alongside the Human Rights Commission in giving better access to interpreters in court after inconsistencies with access to qualified interpreters in some courts were found in the 2012 IMM report. Deaf Aotearoa notes that more work needs to be done in this area which will ensure full access and appropriate representation for Deaf people.

Deaf Aotearoa are pleased with the progress that has been made by the Ministry of Education who have established a sector advisory group to improve access to New Zealand Sign Language in schools.

The group builds on work already undertaken to improve resources available to Deaf students.

The IMM report highlights the need for funding to be provided for political broadcasts and televised debates for the 2014 general election to be available in New Zealand Sign Language and to be captioned. Robert Hewison, President of Deaf Aotearoa, says that the organisation is pleased that Able, who provide captioning and audio description services, is working hard to ensure that this is happening right now.

Additionally, Deaf Aotearoa are eager to see development of comprehensive policy on the accessibility of programmes that are Government funded, in cooperation with broadcasters and consumers, to clarify accessibility objectives and targets.

“While there is still work to be done to improve New Zealand Sign Language access and awareness which will enable the Deaf community to advance and thrive in society, Deaf Aotearoa is pleased with the New Zealand Government’s renewed commitment to Deaf rights and with strong efforts being made,” says Mr Hewison. “We are always looking for ways to strengthen relationships within government departments through our partnerships and advisory group work.”

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog