In Aotearoa, one in five people are disabled. They experience disadvantage in employment, education, income and standard of living, and access to public transport, public buildings, health services and in many other aspects of life. They also often face negative attitudes and behaviour which also affect their whānau. 

Disabled people should have the same access to healthcare, education, work, housing and freedom from discrimination as everybody else. 

MANA policy priorities are to: 

Ensure equal rights for disabled people 

  • Enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
  • Promote the development of anti-discrimination legislation 

Promote full participation of disabled people 

  • Enhance the voice and participation of people with disabilities across all sectors of public life
  • Ensure accessibility in transport, housing, buildings, information, and technology 

Improve the standard of living for disabled people 

  • Provide for the costs of disability of all disabled people
  • Introduce support payments for family members caring for a disabled relative
  • Enable disabled people to be educated alongside their peers
  • Provide access to fitness and wellbeing centres for disabled people 

Ensure quality support for disabled people 

  • Ensure support staff are provided with ongoing professional and cultural development
  • Provide fair payment for support workers
  • Allow disabled people and their whānau to monitor the quality of support services
  • Increase the availability of culturally appropriate services for diverse Māori and others
  • Increase community-based rehabilitation services
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