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Let's get real: Disability is a framework that describes the essential attitudes, values, skills and knowledge needed by anyone working alongside disabled people and whānau, to assist in people attaining their aspirations.
The framework is informed by The Treaty of Waitangi and the Human Rights Act 1993. It describes a disabled person driven approach to support which aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and Enabling Good Lives (EGL). The indicators of the framework provide a guide to applying these principles in practice.
Let's get real: Disability supports organisations to meet relevant New Zealand standards, Ministry of Health audit requirements and the action points of Putting People First.
Building the skills, values and knowledge described in the framework will also contribute to people studying for NZQA qualifications in Health and Wellbeing.
Let’s get real: Disability is intended to complement, not replace, any existing frameworks and values your organisation has.
The term ‘disabled people’ is used throughout Let’s get real: Disability. It reflects the disabling process described by the social model of disability.
However people have the right to define their own identity and experiences, for example by saying ‘I am Deaf’ or ‘I am a person with a learning disability’.
Disabled people or whānau can use the Let’s get real: Disability framework as a guide for:
Services can use the framework in all of the ways that disabled people and whānau can and additionally to benchmark across teams or services or the whole organisation.
Resources are available to support organisations to incorporate the framework into systems and processes and to support the workforce to reflect the seven Real Skills in their everyday practice.