This page contains information about the Getting Out There Expo held on 8 and 9 December 2017.
20/12/2017 12:04 p.m.
Hundreds of people of all ages and abilities attended this year’s Getting Out There Expo held on 8 and 9 December at Forum North.
The bi-annual expo is an opportunity for senior and disability providers to showcase the services and products available to help people live well and get out into their communities.
The stall holders included agencies and not for profit organisations supporting local Seniors and people with disabilities. Visitors received practical information and enjoyed a variety of entertainment, demonstrations and a fashion parade
The Expo is organised by Tiaho Trust and this year included the celebration of the International Day of People with Disabilities that has been commemorated around the world on 3 December since 1992.
It aims to raise awareness of disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.
One in four New Zealanders has a disability and Northland has the second highest rate of disabled people in the country.
That’s not counting those with sometimes hidden disabilities - phobias, addictions, learning disabilities, mental illness, epilepsy, hearing, sight and speech impediments.
This day gives all those with disabilities a chance to explore and celebrate what they can do.
It also gives us the opportunity to start a conversation about empowering people with disabilities to maximize their capabilities
Some of Council’s work aimed at improving the District for people with disabilities has included:
working with its Disability Advisory Group to improve communication between Council and the disabled
creating an accessibility policy and map
finding ways to assist with public transport
providing mobility scooters and wheelchairs
funding disability help groups
ensuring new structures are user-friendly
creating accessible parking spaces and permits
providing Disability Worker Parking permits
providing specialized library services including Book Out Home Library, eBooks, audio books online, large print books and wheelchairs in the library
making intersections more accessible when upgraded
ensuring our website meets the needs of people with visual, physical or cognitive impairments
focusing on accessibility when planning future initiatives.