Latest survey shows many Kiwis still not getting a fair go ten years on!

Research completed in December of 2016 by CCS Disability Action indicates that levels of parking abuse have not improved in ten years, with abuse rates still unacceptably high. It appears that while most New Zealanders follow the road code, a very large percentage of our population does not follow a moral code when it comes to the rights of disabled people.

In the latest research, that you can read here, by clicking on the documents titled, CCS Observational and Omnibus Report, it is noted that mobility parking abuse indicates that about one in two people actively choosing to park in car parks designated specifically for the use of disabled people who have a Mobility Parking permit, are not authorised to do so thereby denying disabled people access to their own communities. And that’s no small amount of Kiwis. According to the 2013 Disability Survey – over one million New Zealanders have a disability. Isn’t it time all Kiwis got a fair go?

Getting the Life I Want

New vocational research changes service delivery thinking.

In 2016, CCS Disability Action commissioned a research project with The Donald Beasley Institute entitled “Getting the Life I Want”. The intent of this research was to ensure our organisation was clearly hearing the voices of the disabled people we work alongside in a time of immense change within our sector to ensure that we are offering the best possible service and outcomes related to employment. This research allowed people to tell us exactly what is working for them and whether we are delivering services that effectively meet the real needs of people and communities. You can read the results of our findings in the Key Informant Interviews, Literature Review and Online Survey documents in our Resouces section.

I am here - Article 19

We are really concerned about the barriers faced by people with high and complex needs. So we commissioned researchers from the Donald Beasley Institute to work alongside twelve people with high and complex support needs to tell their stories and be heard. The result is the powerful Article 19 - I am Here research.

The twelve people involved told us that they were denied the fundamental freedom to choose where they live and who they live with and to be included in the community. This must change!

We want to use this research to change the way the government and wider society treats people with high and complex needs. People with high and complex needs must be included in society, the same as everyone else.

Measuring Accessible Journeys

We worked with a professional traffic safety researcher, funded by the Ministry of Social Development "Making a Difference" fund, to develop and try a way of counting the number of people using visible mobility aids in various public places. Crucially, the results were accepted by transport planners and engineers who use benefit/cost analysis rules when allocating funds for access improvements. Follow the link to the Traffic Design Group report on the pilot project and watch this space for details of the next stage.

In the next stage, we hope to gather significantly more data and extend the project to several more centres. We will be investigating smarter ways to gather the data using video recognition technology. Our dream is that on-going monitoring will clearly demonstrate the value of more accessible transport networks, including footpaths, and allow local and central government to give access improvements the attention they deserve.

Street Accessibility Audit for Waipa District Council

This is a very exciting piece of research that was requested by the Waipa District Council. The research is an assessment of the mobility spaces and access routes for the central areas of Cambridge, Kihikihi, Leamington, Pirongia and Te Awamutu.

To view more or request specific research articles please Contact Us 

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