Disabled Leadership: A dividing definition

Disabled Leadership is the hot topic for many organisations that support people and families with disabilities. But with all the great things going on, does there need to be a little more clarification about just what Disabled Leadership is?

The first thing to say is that leadership will mean different things to different people, so the exact answer to this discussion may never be clear.

For some people, leadership may be leading from the front in their own lives, and for others, it may be advocacy work or striving to make positive change in their community.

Many disabled people are now more firmly in control of their own lives than ever before. But does this mean that they are all leaders? Continue reading Disabled Leadership: A dividing definition

Landlords save money by not improving access for disabled Kiwis

People with disabilities face the reality that their requirements for an accessible home are not going to convince too many landlords to make changes.

In the current housing crisis, landlords don’t need to invest in making their properties accessible because the demand by the general population is so high. A sad but true reality, the number of people without homes in New Zealand is on the rise, disabled or not.

The housing crisis is far reaching, but the issue for disabled people seeking accessible homes has gone on well before this moment in time. Continue reading Landlords save money by not improving access for disabled Kiwis

Disability Organisations Use Of Social Media Needs To Increase

Social media is the best way to connect with people, and for disability organisations in New Zealand, it is heavily under-used.

CCS Disability Action and Parent to Parent, two of New Zealand’s most well-known disability focused community organisations have taken a big step toward social media in the last year. Every branch of Parent to Parent has its own Facebook page, and the National body has its own as well. CCS Disability Action Waikato and CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty have regular content going on their own Facebook pages, but it has only been in the last year that this has really “stepped up a notch”.

Behind the scenes, both organisations are well aware that their use of social media needs to be increased.

It’s not like organisations in the disability sector are the only ones slightly behind on the social media front either. Nearly every business now days, even not-for-profit charities, need to be focusing their marketing strategies to the online spectrum, and sites like Facebook are hugely crucial because that is where the people are. Continue reading Disability Organisations Use Of Social Media Needs To Increase

Uber Launches “Accessible” Services In New Zealand

Uber is finally catering for people with impaired mobility with a new service called UberASSIST.

Uber is a world-wide taxi service where people can request rides directly from the Uber app on their smartphone. Uber is available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide.

According to Uber, over 100,000 New Zealanders use the service in cities around the country.

In an announcement this morning, Uber launched their new service option, called UberASSIST, and said it is part of their vision to make transport accessible for everyone. The first roll out, in New Zealand, of the service option will take place in Auckland and Wellington. Continue reading Uber Launches “Accessible” Services In New Zealand

Auckland Transports’ Refusal To Re-Paint Mobility Parking Is A Cop Out

Auckland Transport’s rejection of re-painting mobility parking isn’t anymore acceptable than their reason for doing so.

Marc Hannan of Auckland Transport has labelled the job of re-painting mobility parks around the city as too costly.

This comes despite the fact that many other regions around New Zealand are already taking on advice from CCS Disability Action to repaint mobility parking spots blue.

Research has shown that mobility parking infringements are down by 13% when painted blue.

But Auckland Transport is strongly against any plans of making the proposed changes.

Hannan, on behalf of Auckland Transport, claimed that the fix would cost too much for the taxpayer.

With the rising price of taxes paid by Auckland residents already, many disabled people feel that the claims made by Hannan are nothing more than a cop out.