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Glen McMillan Okara Ward A POWERFUL VOICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Disabled people

New Zealanders with a disability

We can learn from other cities successes in planning for their disabled many are ahead of Whangarei in thinking and adoption of good practices to provide for the considerable number of disabled in Whangarei and Northland.

The figures below are from 2016 and cover the country the number of disabled in Northland may be higher than the figures below.

I am one of those disabled so I have a huge understanding of the needs of the disabled. I have lobbied and personly taken legal action against both councils and big businesses to ensure accessibility rights enforcement happens.

When in council I will lobby for better council understanding of the needs of disabled people. This does not need to cost so much if it is planned for at the beginning.

As co-chair of the WDC Disability advisory group, I have worked with the Disability advisory group members and council to see the adoption of accessible events checklist and other good things for our disabled in Whangarei.

I continue to work with the WDC Disability advisory group we are doing some good work

1 in 4

New Zealanders are limited by a physical, sensory, learning, mental health or other impairment

35%

Of disabled people in New Zealand are over 65 years old – that’s 370,000 people

Fact

Disabled people are more likely to have lower incomes than non-disabled people

45%

Of disabled adults are employed compared to 72% of non-disabled adults

26%

Of the Māori population were identified as disabled, compared to 24% of the total New Zealand population

Fact

Disabled children are less likely to do social things, such as playing in a sports team

34%

Disabled women have no educational qualification, compared with 15% of non-disabled women

Fact

For children, learning difficulty is the most common type of impairment

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