RICI is committed to promoting & initiating more inclusion in the Rodney District, NZ - with a focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
This is a learning process for all involved, including for the organization itself.
Diversity is a given,
but how we demonstrate inclusion in our communities, is a choice.
We want to partner with groups across all sectors in our communities - to maximize learning and impact and transcend traditional divides.
He waka eke noa
We are all in this together
What is Inclusion?
EMBRACING DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Inclusion, is appreciating and valuing human differences by removing barriers and creating an atmosphere that promotes a sense of belonging – where everyone feels respected and valued for their uniqueness.
In an inclusive environment, people are valued because of, not in spite of, their differences - so everyone can fully participate and thrive.
NZ legislation in support of Inclusion:
Schools are required to be inclusive under the Education and Training Act 2020
The above laws are reinforced by the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
KEY PLAYERS IN CREATING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
- urban and rural
- big and small
- culture, sport and
faith communities, etc.
Project Mobilise aims to change attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa.
Project Mobilise is sponsored and led by The Human Rights Commission – New Zealand’s national human rights institution.
Project Mobilise is supported by Curative, a disability-led creative agency inspiring social change.
The NZ Human Rights Commission
The HRC works in partnership with others to help individuals and organisations around New Zealand to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities.
Disabled people have the right to be respected for who they are, be free from ableism and discriminatory barriers, and participate fully in all aspects of society.
The following organisations, services and activities, provide support for a range of abilities and are available in the Rodney District.
If you know of others we can add to this list, please contact us.
Travelling with a disability?
Three wheelchair-users Olivia Shivas, Rebecca Dubber and Grace Stratton fly from Auckland to Dunedin to show what it's like travelling with a disability.
Accessible Travel Forum for New Zealand
A Facebook group to gain advice and recommendations on travel & wheelchair accessibility plus for other disabilities that may mean travel is less accessible.
AIM is an adult vocational service based in Warkworth. One of their activities is to visit local cafes and tourist spots to review accessibility and sustainability practices.