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Deaf and disabled members network

Kia ora, hello!


Welcome to the Public Service Association's Deaf and disabled members' network.


This video gives an overview both of the PSA as an organisation and of the Deaf and Disabled network's role within it.

Workshop on The Minimum Wage Act 1983 and exemption permits.

When: Wednesday 23rd July 2014 9am-1pm.

Where: Brentwood Hotel, Tawa room, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie

No cost: Morning tea and lunch provided

This workshop, put together by members of the PSA's Deaf and disabled network, is designed to discuss the realities of exemption permits under the Minimum Wage Act and alternative solutions for the future.

Overview of workshop:
This workshop is designed to be an interactive and inspiring forum where the current situation regarding the legislative allowance for exemption permits to the minimum wage to be issued for disabled people is examined and critiqued.



The workshop will be made up of two panels followed by extensive discussion. The event will be facilitated by Wayne Brittenden to ensure that the atmosphere is engaging and open.You can read short bios for members of the panels here.



Each panel will have 4 participants who will have a maximum of 5 minutes to speak and then the forum will be opened to a facilitated discussion with attendees. Panellists will then be part of the discussion and be available to respond to questions or elaborate on issues that have been raised.



The first panel “Voices of the exempt” is a panel made up of those who have lived experience of the Act and/or are advocates for those who have. The aim of this panel is to get a good insight into and discussion going about what the effects of the current legislation and its implementation really are.



The second panel “Options and alternatives” is a panel made up of policy people and political and community leaders. The aim of this panel is to have panellists introduce and prompt discussion into how they see potential changes and alternative solutions that work for our communities.


To register complete this form by the 16th July 2014.  More information about the panelists will be added to this page when it becomes available.



Words matter

Public address has posted an article on words and disability, a debate that many of you may have had yourself.  Check out the story here.


Events in March 2014

March 26 is National Purple Day to raise awareness of epilepsy throughout New Zealand. We will be encouraging our PSA staff to wear purple to work and will be handing out purple ribbons on this day. This is a great day to talk to your colleagues about Epilepsy, learn some new facts about it and do some myth busting. For more information and Epilepsy NZ resources follow this link:


Key dates coming up in 2014

26 March
International Purple day for Epilepsy –designed to raise awareness the society is encouraging people to have purple themed events and to banish the invisibility and shame of epilepsy.


2 April
World Autism day-awareness raising and myth busting


11-18 May
NZ sign week-may be good to do some cool you tube or other web release video chats in sign.


29 May
Multiple sclerosis  day- awareness raising and myth busting


17 June
Results of the disability survey from Stats NZ.


27 June
Helen Keler day- A day to celebrate the remarkable character of Helen Keler, the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelors degree. She was a radical lefty and a member of the International Workers of the World, could be a great profile to link unionism with the disability rights movement. (She also came to NZ in 1948).


22 -28 September
Deaf Awareness Week-all about visibility of the deaf community and the raising of the profile of sign language. Removing stigma and shame.


1-7 November
Parkinson’s Awareness Week- again about raising the visibility of Parkinson’s and the stories of those who live with it. Removing stigma and shame.


3 December
International day of persons with disabilities, across the board celebration of diversity, acknowledgement of the work that still needs to be done to support those living with disabilities and promotions of our national and international responsibilities.


10 December
World Human Rights day



What are the priorities for the network in 2014?

We want to grow the network by making sure that we are accessible, relevant and up to the minute. The stronger the network the more we can achieve within the PSA and our workplaces.

We also want to tap into the great leadership potential that exists within our communities and make sure it has a chance to flourish. Particularly as it is election year we want to make sure that in deciding critical campaign issues the voices from our deaf and disabled communities are strong and clear. You as a member will help define this voice so we encourage you to get involved.

What can I expect if I am a member?

 A chance to meet others from our deaf and disabled communities, network, have fun and organise


*  A regular monthly newsletter of current events and stories of fantastic people from our communities


*  A chance to attend any meetings or events organised by the network


*  Access to resources that you can use-this year we will be uploading resources for the network such as flyers, a brochure and posters.





Employer attitudes towards employing disabled people

Research has been commissioned to explore New Zealand employers’ attitudes towards employing disabled people.

Employers were asked a range of questions in order to find out more about the qualities they looked for in potential employees, what they thought were the barriers to the employment of disabled people, about their attitudes towards disabled people, how they thought staff and customers perceived disabled staff and to what extent they were influenced in their employment decisions by the reactions of others.  Find out more at think differently.



Be. Accessible

Imagine a world where every person, building and community is truly accessible.  That world is what Be. Accessible has set out to create.


Be. Accessible is a social change initiative and a holistic framework for accessibility with a mission to create a truly accessible country for us all.  Find out more over at their website.




ImagineBetter is an independent agency promoting leadership and outcome-based quality in services for people with disabilities, the mentally unwell and older people. To find out more head on over to their website.