Let’s celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Published on 02 December 2022

Group of people with access needs enjoying in the Town Basin playground.

This year’s theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post- COVID-19 world.”

“Council is offering a practical way to turn that theme into reality. Positions are now available on its Disability Advisory Group (DAG) that advises the organisation on ways to ensure its facilities, services, policies and activities take account of and are accessible to disabled people and others with access needs,” said Community Development adviser Claire Wilson.

We are seeking applicants or nominees who have lived experience of a disability, impairment or chronic health condition, and who live in the Whangārei District.

If you are interested in finding out more about the services Council offers to people with disabilities, or to apply to serve on the group:

Become a member of Disability Advisory Group (DAG)

Who should apply?

Claire said Council is looking for people who are:

  • keen to share their ideas, opinions and perspectives on Council mahi
  • have a good understanding of local disability and accessibility issues
  • have good connections with local disability groups and communities
  • know a bit about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and how it relates to people with disabilities, and
  • like working as part of a team.

Key contributions of Disability Advisory Group

Work by the group has included:

  • advising on local elections communications
  • advocating for coreboards to be installed in playgrounds
  • recommending the font size in Council news be larger
  • providing feedback and advice on various infrastructure projects, including the Civic Centre, and roading projects
  • input into various strategies e.g., the Housing Strategy and the Active Sports and Recreation Strategy
  • educating staff and councillors about accessibility issues and how to interact with disabled people.
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