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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.


Transport to work

Transport to work and parking

Transport to work and parking when you get there are two major issues some disabled people face when applying for employment, personally I work from a home office because I am best able to use my own skills and my own equipment, unfortunately many disabled do not have that option, that means that the person either needing a wheelchair or other disability aid to mobilse must be able to transport that piece of equipment to their place of work.

I can only talk about the city I live in Whangarei we have a population nearing 100,000 24% of these people have a disability, many of these people are working age and would like to be working.

But the main barrier is transport how are disabled people meant to get to interviews or workshops appointments when they do not have a car in Whangarei, this is a comment I hear often, many disabled people help other disabled people they could go pick them up but we can not pick up people in power chairs as we can not load their chair in the car so this is something that is something we as disabled people should be advocating for accessible transport.

To reinforce how big the issue over transport, to be honest when I move about the city I would prefer to arrive on my mobility scooter, just because parking the car often means walking a distance, I get a lot of pain from walking any distance.

I am not sure if my mobility scooter battery could make it to some places and back again and this is exactly what im talking about 
because I am sure most disabled people know taxi vans in Whangarei do not cater to mobility scooters either

What if we the disabled could create a service that is a van but allows scooters, I'm not sure on logistics, but should be done and there are a lot of disabled people who can drive with hand controls so what if that van or vans we provide are modified
so our people would also have jobs , driving people but it fills the gap with the transport as well its just logistics

Helping our disabled whanau realise their skills and abilities to lead the life they want to lead, I think my city Whangarei and our council could do better to cater to those of us that have transport needs which do not fit into mainstream thinking.

Not catering to mobility scooter users with our local taxi service is short sighted and needs to change, eg if you live in Riverside you can get a taxi to Whangarei Falls and explore right from your wheelchair, but if you have a mobility scooter and not a wheelchair you will not get to explore Whangarei falls because you can not get mobility scooter transport in Whangarei.

Disabled Employment, hiring disabled people, helping people with disabilities to become self- employed, advice on hiring staff with disability in employment, Disabled home office work, all options should be open

Disabled, disability in employment advice, employment for disabled people should not have such high barriers when most of the time they are not needed, mention the word 'disabled' or 'impairment' and many employers put up barriers, they immediately think 'expensive' or 'too hard, but for so many employees, that 'disability' or 'impairment' is barely noticeable. Lets reduce the transport barriers.