Changing The Perception Of Disabled People In NZ:

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Changing perceptions

We Can Have A Better Outlook & Make An Incredible Change:

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Accomplishing Change:

Changing the perception of disabled people in New Zealand requires a multi-faceted approach that involves promoting inclusivity, raising awareness, and implementing policies that support equality and accessibility. Here are some strategies that can contribute to changing perceptions and creating a more inclusive society:


#1 - Promote representation and visibility: Increase the representation of disabled people in media, advertising, and public life. This can help challenge stereotypes and showcase the diverse talents, abilities, and contributions of disabled individuals.


#2 - Education and awareness campaigns: Conduct educational campaigns to raise awareness about disabilities, debunk myths, and foster empathy and understanding. Encourage schools to include disability awareness programs in their curriculum to teach students about inclusion and respect for all.


#3 - Accessibility and universal design: Improve physical and digital accessibility across various domains such as transportation, infrastructure, public spaces, and technology. Implementing universal design principles ensures that environments, products, and services are usable by everyone, regardless of their abilities.


#4 - Employment and economic empowerment: Create opportunities for disabled individuals to participate fully in the workforce. Encourage businesses to adopt inclusive hiring practices and provide reasonable accommodations. Promote entrepreneurship and support disabled individuals in starting their own businesses.

Remember, Changing Perceptions Is An Ongoing Process That Requires Long-Term Commitment & Effort From Individuals, Communities, & Institutions:

#5 - Advocacy and policy changes: Support disability rights organizations and advocacy groups that work to influence policy changes at the local, regional, and national levels. Advocate for the implementation of laws and regulations that protect the rights of disabled people and promote equal access to education, employment, healthcare, and other services.


#6 - Collaboration and partnerships: Foster collaboration between disabled people, advocacy organizations, government agencies, businesses, and community groups. Engage in dialogues to understand the barriers faced by disabled individuals and work together to find solutions.


#7 - Celebrate achievements and successes: Recognize and celebrate the achievements of disabled individuals in various fields such as sports, arts, science, and business. Highlighting their accomplishments helps challenge stereotypes and promotes a positive image of disabled people.


#8 - Language and terminology: Promote the use of inclusive and respectful language when discussing disabilities. Encourage people to focus on a person's abilities rather than their disabilities and to avoid using derogatory or stigmatizing language.


It's essential to listen to the voices of disabled people themselves and involve them in decision-making processes to ensure that their perspectives and experiences are considered.

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perception of disability

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” 

-Glen McMillan.

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