Purpose of the Online DAG NZ
The purpose of the Online DAG is to provide a forum for people with disabilities to participate online 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.
Our role will be to enhance and improve communication with Local Councils and Government, the current council run Dags seem to not run well.
I would say to councils we now have a voice with our online disability advisory group, so when we speak we are speaking to council in an open format anybody can hear and comment on, no more closed doors.
Our role as an online disability advisory group with reach into all areas of New Zealand and beyond will be to write about and share the disabled persons perspective of what is needed.
Facebook is an efficient method of doing that backed by this website and a full platform of social media so we can reach out to young people as well as older ones
Advise councils and Government and work with them on the implementation of Disabilities Policy, and all other related policy relevant to people with disabilities
Lets lobby for policy change as I intend to do, it is 2018 some rules applying to disabled accessibility were written in 1992, I will be pushing for these to be updated
Advise on the most useful ways of communicating and consulting with the wider disabled community. Online preferred because more people can become involved.
Provide feedback and advice on planning, reviewing, or the implementation of Government and Council activities (projects and services) that relate to the broad spectrum of disability issues.
Help to determine the ongoing role and functioning of the online disability advisory group. Checks should be made to ensure councils are acting on advice they receive.
Provide experience and inclusive practice advice, to the Government and Councils.
It 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.
It would be expected that those representing councils listen and act if possible on the advice of the online DAG members, remembering we are now public
Support the Government and Council's community governance structure by providing advice about inclusive, resilient, and responsive communities for people with disabilities, and their families.
The online DAG supports and enhances the Government and 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.
I think this is a good saying
Transparency is the best detergent
We want our online DAG to be open and honest. Any council run Disability Advisory Group should open it doors to observation.