Taranaki DHB committed to reduce the impact of disability in Taranaki

7 December 2012

Taranaki DHB has demonstrated its commitment to working collaboratively to reduce the impact of disability in our region by formally signing up as a partner to the Taranaki Disability Strategy.

The formal signing took place at a launch event held on 3 December, attended by Minister for Disabilities, Tariana Turia MP. The Strategy is a partnership initiative that aims to make our community a place that is accessible for all people by ensuring that people with disabilities are able to access the same level of enjoyment and opportunities as those without disabilities. Along with TDHB, a number of other partners signed up to the Strategy including the Taranaki Regional Council, District Councils, Ministry for Social Development, Sport Taranaki, Taranaki Disability Information Centre and a number of community groups.

Minister Turia congratulated the Taranaki Disability Information Centre who led the development of the Strategy, stating that Taranaki was the first region in the country to have developed a Disability Strategy with such a high level of partnership commitment. She also noted that Taranaki was already leading the way in its support for people with disabilities, citing examples of local projects that aimed to improve the accessablity of buildings, walkways and even events such as WOMAD.

Taranaki DHB were also singled out for praise, acknowledging that the recent development of the Taranaki DHB Disability Action Plan had been aligned to the key strategic aims and objectives of the Regional Strategy. The Taranaki DHB Disability Action Plan 2012-15 has been developed in partnership with the TDHB Disability Action Group who are responsible for monitoring and reviewing the ongoing progress of the Plan.

Click here for the Taranaki DHB Disability Action Plan 2012-2015

Taranaki DHB General Manager of Planning, Funding and Population Health Sandra Boardman signs the Disability Strategy with Minister Tariana Turia.

Last updated: Friday, December 7, 2012

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