Oranga Tamariki Disability Strategy – Phase Two

You're invited to be part of Phase 2 of Oranga Tamariki's consultations on their important new Disability Strategy. 

Oranga Tamariki have been working to update their ongoing vision for disabled people in Aotearoa. 

During Phase 1 (which some of our members contributed to) they came up with a Vision Statement:

"The mana of tāngata whaikaha me o ratou toa (disabled people and their champions) is enhanced by meeting their needs, upholding their rights and supporting their hopes and dreams."

They also identified four shifts which need to occur to achieve this vision:
  1. How we see disability.
  2. Systems that work for people.
  3. A disability competent and confident workforce.
  4. Oranga Tamariki is safe and proactive.

We are very pleased to note that their draft definition of disability includes explicit reference to FASD as a disability – it's the first on the list in fact!

"Disabled people are people who have long-term physical, cognitive, intellectual, neurological, or sensory impairments including neurodiverse conditions, such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others."

Be part of the consultations on Phase 2 of Oranga Tamariki's new Disability Strategy

Phase 2 aims to get disabled people and their caregivers involved to identify and prioritise a range of activities and ideas required to achieve the four key institutional shifts. These will be collated, synthesised and fed into the strategy development process which is being overseen by the Oranga Tamariki Disability Advisory Group.

We had a hui which included some of our members and OT at the end of May 2023 – but if you would like to contribute you can still do so online. 

Click here for access to the Resource Materials prepared by Oranga Tamariki.

Click here for options on the Oranga Tamariki website to give your feedback on this mahi.