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The Reasonable Accommodation Guide in NZSL

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Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Convention), disabled people have the right to reasonable accommodation. New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) has just released an updated guide - Removing barriers: A guide for reasonable accommodation of Disabled people in Aotearoa.

The term ‘reasonable accommodation’ often causes confusion, but it is the United Nations’ preferred descriptor for the changes needed to support disabled people to live their lives on an equal basis with others. Reasonable accommodation is broad, and encompasses many different changes that enable disabled people to participate fully in their community, education, public, and working life.

There are many examples within the Deaf community where reasonable accommodation should be given.

For example:

Employers, business owners and public organisations should view this positively. Changes needed often cost little or nothing at all.  Accommodating disabled people means businesses and organisations are better placed to serve their customers and communities. This includes the Ombudsman, who has a role to play to ensure the Office is reasonably accommodating staff and people accessing our services.

To learn more, check out our NZSL quick guide of Removing barriers: a guide for reasonable accommodation of Disabled people in Aotearoa

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