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Disability Advisory Group New Zealand

Disability Advisory Group NZ

Are you affected by some type of disability, do you feel that your Government and councils do not listen to your concerns.

What about parking do you avoid busy places because you can not get a car park? Should the disabled be forced to use parking ticket machines that are not accessible?

Do uneven surfaces and broken footpaths make moving about difficult.

We want our Government and councils to listen. This website has links to contact your council DAG or use our Facebook page to make your concerns public.

Disability Advisory NZ is a more open group than local councils run. Disability Advisory Group NZ on Web and Facebook

Eligibility

Online DAG Apply here at bottom of page

About the Online Disability Advisory Group (DAG) New Zealand

The purpose of the Disability Advisory Group (DAG) in New Zealand, the role of the DAG, its structure, membership eligibility and responsibilities.

Purpose

The purpose of the DAG is to provide a forum for people with disabilities to participate in the planning of Council services, projects, and activities in order to ensure that the needs of the wider disability community are taken into account.

Role

Advise and work with the Councils for the inclusion of People with Disabilities, and all other related policy relevant to people with disabilities.

Advise on the most useful ways of communicating and consulting with the wider disabled community.

Provide feedback and advice on planning, reviewing, or the implementation of Council activities (projects and services) that relate to the broad spectrum of disability issues.

Help to determine the ongoing role and functioning of the disability advisory group. Checks should be made to ensure councils are acting on advice they receive

Provide experience and inclusive practice advice, to the Councils. It is acknowledged that the group will not be experts on all disability matters and will not provide professional technical advice.

It also needs to be acknowledged that the group representing councils will not be experts on all disability matters and will not have the benefit of the collective knowledge of those disabled people providing advice.

But it would be expected that those representing councils listen and act if possible on the advice of the DAG members.

Support the Council's community governance structure by providing advice about inclusive, resilient, and responsive communities for people with disabilities, and their families. The DAG supports the Council's commitment to consult and network with citizens and to involve the community in the decision-making.

Most Councils around New Zealand will have Disability advisory groups.

The Councils are committed to partnerships with most District Health Board's.

The Councils employ inclusive communities coordinators to help address barriers to recreation/leisure participation for people with disabilities and to coordinate with disabled people. The Council's Inclusive Communities Coordinators provide staff support and advice to the DAG in relation to recreation and leisure participation.

Membership eligibility

Members should:

Be people with a disability, or have family members with a disability, or are an advocate/self-advocate, or people working in the disability community.

Have knowledge and experience of working with, and advocating on, disability issues.

Have the ability to consult effectively with the sector and the disability community.

Have skills and knowledge which will contribute to the aims of the group.

Have the ability to understand and represent interests broader than those of a specific disability group or organisation.

Have proven ability to work cooperatively and positively in a group environment.

Interested persons can apply as an individual, or an organisation can put forward a person they support to be on the DAG.

Personal skills required to contribute to the Disability Advisory Group.

Well-developed communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others.

Good time management skills and a commitment to attend the majority of the scheduled DAG meetings.

Supportive of other DAG members and a willingness to undertake tasks as required, and work cooperatively within a group setting.

Sound problem-solving skills and the ability to represent interests broader than those of a specific disability group or organisation.

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