A recent report addressing the rights of people with disabilities in New Zealand shows the biggest barrier to many living a full and inclusive life is society’s attitudes and behaviors towards them. The single biggest issue for those who were interviewed, were obstacles that prevented them from effectively participating in society (social isolation), followed by negative experiences with regard to health and a lack of employment opportunities, even for those individuals who are disabled and well-educated. Not dissimilar from what the obstacles seen in the U.S. and most other countries.
The report contains a number of recommendations including the development of an ongoing disability awareness campaign, making disability training part of standard professional development training for government departments and ensuring that key performance indicators be created and monitored for all public services. Interestingly enough, when you look at these recommendations, they could be the result of a study from almost any country. In essence, they are initiatives that have been found to be global best practices.
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