Let's get real: Disability

Let's get real: Disability has been created to help the disability workforce meet the needs of disabled people, whānau and communities.

Let’s get real: Disability is a workforce quality initiative. It describes the essential attitudes, values, skills and knowledge needed by everyone who works in disability. It aims to support the disability workforce to better meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people, their carers, families and whānau, now and in the future.

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. View all Let's get real: Disability resources - an easy read format is also available, see the downloads under the Let's get real: Disability framework.

Let’s get real: Disability is intended to complement, not replace, any existing frameworks and values your organisation has. It also supports organisations to meet relevant New Zealand standards, Ministry of Health audit requirements and the action points of Putting People First.

The framework has been adapted from the Let’s get real framework for mental health and addiction, in consultation with leaders from the disability sector, including disabled people’s organisations.

Te Pou chief executive Robyn Shearer introduces Let's get real: Disability


New Zealand Disability Support Network chief executive Garth Bennie shares his thoughts on the standouts and strengths of Let's get real: Disability


Founding documents

Let's get real: Disability is informed by three foundation documents:

  • The Treaty of Waitangi
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • The New Zealand Human Rights Act

It's also informed by two approaches to working with disabled people:

  • The social model of disability
  • Whānau ora

The language we use

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’.