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Alexia Black and Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch
A presentation by Disabled Person’s Organisation People First New Zealand Ltd. Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi and the Donald Beasley Institute (DBI), an independent charitable trust that conducts research in the area of learning disability.
In the first part of the session Alexia Black, Manager of People First’s Easy Read Translation Service, will discuss the case for creating and using accessible formats for legal documents and information. The presentation will begin with a look at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – with a particular focus on Articles:
9 – Accessibility (of information)
12 – Equal recognition before the Law
13 – Access to Justice.
The talk will introduce the audience to the concept and practicalities of working with Disabled Persons Organisations, and share learnings from the organisation’s journey to create:
- the world’s first Easy Read Individual Employment Agreement
- New Zealand’s first Easy Read Will.
In the second part of the session, Alexia will be joined by Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch (Director of the Donald Beasley Institute). The DBI is committed to achieving social change through transformative research. Ensuring that people with learning disability have access to research findings is one important step in this process. Brigit will describe how she has engaged with People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi in the context of research, and will specifically draw on a recent project concerned with the experiences of people with learning disability in the legal system.