Are attitudes to people with disabilities a barrier to them fully participating in society and feeling accepted? A resounding ‘yes’ according to two separate studies by the New Zealand Convention Coalition Monitoring Group.  This group of disabled persons organisations, known as the Convention Coalition, commissioned a systemic monitoring report on the rights of disabled people in New Zealand. Two reports have emerged from this process:

1. Disability Rights Aotearoa New Zealand: Participation and Poverty 

2. Disability Rights Aotearoa New Zealand: Acceptance in Society

Both reports draw on interviews with people with disabilities and identify serious barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society, feeling accepted and in many cases keeping them in poverty.

The reports are available online