IHC says disabled students’ families, and the professionals who support them, are increasingly concerned about a lack of adequate support for disabled students to be at school, and for schools to do their best by them.
IHC says this Bill does not improve the lives of children and young people, and says it should instead focus on human rights based approach to protecting and caring for our most vulnerable citizens.
IHC provides a number of recommendations to ensure the survey is robust and includes all people with an intellectual disability.
IHC says disabled students should not be disadvantaged and treated less favourably than their non-disabled peers in respect of their right to attend school.
IHC says intellectually disabled people first and foremost need to be able to choose where and with whom they live.
IHC is critical of the use of the Washington Group Short Set (WGSS) questions as they are far less likely to accurately identify people with intellectual disability, learning disability or neuro-diversity.
IHC unreservedly supports the Bill’s intent to ensure that family members who are currently excluded from being paid as care workers are eligible for payment.
IHC supports the intent of the Education and Training Bill to establish and regulate an education system that provides New Zealanders with life-long learning opportunities so they engage fully with society.
IHC says institutionalised people have lived diminished lives and need to be compensated and acknowledged.
14 June 2019: Submission to the Ministry of Education consultation on legislative changes to; strengthen the right to education and, transfer provisions regarding special schools and rename special schools
IHC believes that the right to education will be strengthened by sustained policy and administrative actions to ensure that education systems and structures effectively respond to the rights within the Education Act and ensure they are able to be enforced.
IHC strongly supports moves to end the discriminatory practices of the MWE scheme in ways that ensure people with intellectual disabilities receive fair wages.
IHC says the education system is not working well enough for our most disadvantaged children and young people.
IHC says it is critical that the reform of Vocational Education recognises that improved employment outcomes for disabled people and people with additional learning support needs is reliant on having equitable access to and outcomes from a quality public and inclusive education system.
IHC strongly supports the swift moves being taken, in the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack, to limit the availability and use of semi-automatic firearms, magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.
IHC is concerned that the current draft of the plan will not create an inclusive early learning system because it does not establish the reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure children with disabilities enjoy early childhood education and care on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers.
IHC supports the Government’s move to use a wellbeing approach in the Budget process, but says greater consideration needs to be given to how it applies to people with intellectual disabilities.
IHC strongly supports development of the strategy, stating it's the best opportunity New Zealand has to embed and give effect to children's rights in legislation, policy and practice development and implementation, and to create the conditions that allow every child to have their best childhood.
IHC recommends care is taken with how welfare reform proposals are framed to ensure the welfare system, and the social contract on which it is based, is inclusive.
IHC says for people with intellectual disabilities to be active participants in legal issues and processes, they require legal information to be communicated in a way they can understand.
IHC is extremely disappointed to see the work on improving health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities is being 're-scoped in line with the new government's priorities and manifesto commitments'.
IHC says the Plan must result in students with intellectual disability having discrimination-free access to, and outcomes from, education at their local school.
IHC asks that the rights, needs and circumstances of people with intellectual disability and their families, across the lifespan, be actively considered in the development of Healthy Homes Standards.
IHC says any legal reform should build in supports and safeguards that protect people with intellectual disability from being taken advantage of in the rental market, while at the same time ensuring they have choice and control over their living and inclusion in the community.
IHC says incorporating supported decision making and supported consent, as has been done in the Draft Standards, is a positive step in both aligning with New Zealand's obligations under the UNCRPD and giving practical ways to support and safeguard people's rights, consent and participation in research.
IHC strongly supports high priority being given to including disability status in the NHI system, but recommends that several changes need to be made to the proposed means of data collection.
The children's sector in New Zealand, incuding IHC, say inequities and discrimination remain significant issues, particularly for Māori children, Pasifika children and children with disabilities. New Zealand’s human rights record will be reviewed in January 2019 by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council as part of the third cycle of the UPR.
IHC says people with intellectual disabilities and their families need to be included in all initiatives aimed at reducing inequities, improving education and employment outcomes and addressing the social determinants of poor health.
IHC says the Bill is an opportunity to promote community wellbeing that is inclusive and takes into account the rights, needs and views of people with intellectual disability and their families.
IHC supports the development and implementation of a Child Wellbeing Strategy but says it needs to be broad and inclusive, based on children’s rights and clearly linked to other government initiatives affecting children with disabilities.
The children's sector, including IHC, want to make sure children with disability are visible, counted and included within the community of all children to improve children's wellbeing and reduce child poverty.
IHC says the Bill fails to balance the fundamental principles which underpin it; sanctity of life, respect for human dignity and autonomy, and protection of the vulnerable.
IHC comments on the lack of systems, procedures and supports by which people with intellectual disabilities can realise and enforce their rights; changes to the Disability Support System; and the realisation of certain rights for people with intellectual disabilities.
IHC says the government needs to increase access to health services and improve outcomes for disabled people with a specific focus on people with intellectual disability.
IHC, CCS Disability Action and Disabled Persons Assembly say the government needs to make sure that domestic violence protections and responses are accessible, and work, for disabled people.
IHC says the wellbeing and outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families depends on timely access to flexible, integrated, timely and quality services and supports, including access to universal services.
IHC has continued serious concerns about the narrow approach of the welfare reform’s investment approach, and this being entrenched in the rewrite of Social Security legislation.
IHC says it is timely to update the NZ Disability Strategy in the context of current times, shifts in policy and practice and to align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
IHC, CCS Disability Action and Disabled Persons Assembly say protection from domestic violence needs to be accessible and responsive to everyone.
IHC says disabled children belong in their families, and families should be well supported in their role with access to what is needed for a good life for them and their children.
IHC says the limited exploration on the role of the state in supporting its most vulnerable citizens, what is required to support individuals with intellectual disability as active citizens and what is required to build responsive, capable, connected, inclusive communities will lead to limited results.
IHC is calling on the Government to review funding of employment, participation and inclusion services to enable easier-to-use systems, fairer processes, more flexible and individually tailored service provision, and community and service development in ways that are sustainable.
A network of Disabled Persons Organisations, including IHC, is calling on the Committee to provide guidance on inclusive education, and what this looks like in practice, to ensure an enforceable right to education.