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Special Interests - Disabled People

ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Advocate continued state support for those with chronic conditions who are genuinely incapable of supporting themselves

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Review the exceptions in the Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Ruth Dyson

Implement initiatives to raise public awareness of disability issues
Ensure access for disabled people to supported independent living by investigating more flexible funding arrangements for supported living
Continue with the ongoing implementation of the NZ Disability Strategy
Ensure that services available to people are determined by their level of need rather than the cause of their impairment
Work to improve access for the disabled to all forms of passenger transport

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Gerry Brownlee

Implement a more thorough medical evaluation process for sickness and invalids' benefits
Provide indefinite support to people who are physically or mentally unable to support themselves
Ensure adequate funding for elders in care in the disability services budget
Actively work with individuals, families and agencies to identify needs and solutions
Encourage disability awareness in teacher training

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Strengthen the advocacy role of the Minister for Disability Issues
Ensure that the Office for Disability Issues has the resources to monitor and report on the full implementation of the Disability Strategy in a timely fashion
Promote policies recognising that people with disabilities are in the best position to identify and articulate their own needs
Ensure that all agencies delivering services to people with disabilities meet standards and demonstrate a constructive relationship with their client group
Promote disability support services that facilitate independence and that are delivered after informed self-assessment wherever possible

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Support the decisions of parents of special needs children who wish to enrol them in regular settings, units attached to schools or special schools
Ensure that there are sufficient community nurses and other welfare agencies so that people can be treated at home where possible
Allocate funds to provide all intellectually disabled people who are seeking to make the transition from education or training into the workplace, with an employment advocate/support person

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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