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Disabled Employment New Zealand

Many highly capable New Zealanders could be part of the workforce if barriers to their employment were removed. 74% of disabled people want to work. This website will help remove barriers.

Information to help break down barriers to employment for employers and disabled people wanting to enter the workforce. Disabled people are less likely to be employed than the general population or other minorities. Employment for disabled people is often limited by opportunity and employers attitudes rather than disability.

 

Mission and vision statement

Mission and Vision Statements

The Mission of Disabled Employment is to improve the lives of people with disabilities, by encouraging work effort and reward

Our vision is to be part of a world without barriers, where everyone has the opportunity to work and make choices. Disabled Employment for improved inclusive living will be seen as a model for Disabled Employment,
responsive to the ever-changing needs of our communities and of people with disabilities.

To carry out our Mission and to achieve our Vision, we will:

Grow to meet the identified needs in our communities.

Maintain the highest standards.

Obtain and retain a strong base of human resources, including staff, board, and volunteers. all wanted

Increase awareness of Disabled Employment for independent living programs.

Community Integration for People with Disabilities

Our key Principle lays out a vision in which people with disabilities are afforded opportunities to live in their own homes, work in regular, non-segregated employment, and make their own choices.

Disabled Employment is committed to embracing these principles by adding them to our Personnel Policy and representing them in the community.

General Principles. Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to live like people without disabilities.
They should have the opportunity to be employed, have a place to call home, and be engaged in the community with family and friends.

Individuals with disabilities should have control over their own day, including which job or educational or leisure activities they pursue.

Individuals with disabilities should have control over where and how they live, including the opportunity to live in their own apartment or home.

Living situations that require conformity to a collective schedule or that restrict personal activities limit the right to choose.

Employment Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to be employed in non-segregated, regular workplaces. Virtually all individuals with disabilities can be employed and earn the same wages as people without disabilities.
When needed for such employment, they should have access to supported or customized employment. They should be afforded options other than sheltered work, day treatment, clubhouses, and other segregated programs.

Tech Jobs Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to be employed in home based technical jobs such as Graphic design, IT analytics, Computer based work, Website design, Marketing, Home based workplaces. Virtually all individuals with disabilities can be employed and earn the same wages as people without disabilities. When needed for such employment, they should have access to supported or customized employment. They should be afforded options other than sheltered work, day treatment, clubhouses, and other segregated programs.

Housing Virtually all individuals with disabilities can live in their own home with supports. Like people without disabilities, they should get to decide where they live, with whom they live, when and what they eat, who visits and when, etc.

To this end, individuals with disabilities should have access to housing other than group homes, other congregate arrangements, and multi-unit buildings or complexes that are primarily for people with disabilities.
They should have access to "scattered site" housing, with ownership or control of a lease.

Choice Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to make informed choices. They must have full and accurate information about their options, including what services and financial support are available in integrated settings.
They should have the opportunity to visit integrated settings and talk to individuals with similar disabilities working and living in integrated settings. Their concerns about integrated settings should be explored and addressed.

Public Funding Funding for services should support implementation of these principles. Currently, public funding has a bias toward institutionalization, forcing individuals to overcome myriad barriers.
If they wish to age in place and remain in their communities.