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Focus Magazine September 2017 – Blind Citizens NZ

Publication of theAssociation of Blind Citizens of New Zealand Inc
Volume 53 No 3 – September 2017

On this Challenge

  • What does the longer term maintain, editorial by
  • Carolyn Weston pg 2From the President, Jonathan Godfrey pg eight
  • Help the brand new RNZFB Structure pg 13
  • Blind Citizens NZ’s Draft Strategic Plan 2018-2010 pg 16
  • Information Dog Handler Forum pg 19
  • Consultant appointments’ replace pg 20
  • Listening, Partaking, Connecting pg 20
  • 2017 Annual Common Assembly and Conference
  • Blind Citizens NZ Board construction and process assessment pg 21
  • World Blind Union Representative, Election Replace pg 22
  • BLENNZ Board of Trustees – consultant required pg 23
  • Cyril White Memorial Fund, October 2017 funding round pg 24
  • Vacancy, World Blind Union Committee pg 25
  • Blind Citizens NZ joins the Entry Alliance pg 26
  • Feeling garbage, makes a blind little bit of difference pg 27
  • Phone dictation voting – the best way to vote pg 28
  • Help Blind Citizens NZ financial efforts pg 29
  • Blind Citizens NZ personnel pg 31
  • Acknowledgement of monetary help pg 32

What does the Future Hold?

Editorial from Carolyn Weston

Here we go together with one other edition of our Focus Magazine. Subsequent month, October, our Nationwide Annual Common Meeting and Conference might be held in Invercargill. I hope those of you intending to hitch us at our AGM and Convention at the Ascot Park Lodge will discover it fascinating and pleasurable. Keep in mind to deliver your swimsuit so you possibly can take pleasure in an early morning swim within the lodge’s indoor, heated swimming-pool before breakfast and the beginning of our enterprise periods. That might be a refreshing wake-up call. Otherwise, you could determine to take a dip in the indoor spa pool after the night’s business and loosen up earlier than heading off to mattress.

I continue to marvel as we become old, on the method time flies. This yr is not any exception. I just lately requested my 87-year previous father if time slows down once one is over eighty years. His response was, as he grows older, time speeds quicker and quicker. I then started to think about what life can be like for blind and imaginative and prescient impaired New Zealanders sooner or later. Over the previous fifty years, we’ve experienced huge progress in know-how which now performs a serious position in our lives. The introduction of driverless automobiles into New Zealand is now a actuality, not a dream. Blind and vision-impaired individuals should have the ability to experience along our roads in these automobiles, with out relying on sighted relations or buddies to take us buying, to work, an appointment, visiting, and so forth.

In some nations, robots already do some bodily tasks resembling working in a manufacturing unit or doing home tasks. It gained’t be lengthy earlier than we’ll see extra robots right here in New Zealand, doing these tasks. In ten or twenty years, will we’ve robots doing house administration tasks, which at the moment are fulfilled by care-givers or help staff.

Blind individuals might even be prescribed with an electronic head-band which is positioned over their brow so audio info allows the wearer to obtain visual impulses of their surrounding setting. You might recall the blind navigator on the Enterprise within the TV collection “Star Trek Next Generation”, wore such a tool. Immediately there are apps and different modes of know-how providing oral info in your surrounding setting, transmitted to your iPhone or sensible telephone. Know-how can open the world for blind and imaginative and prescient impaired individuals but when designers of latest know-how ignore or overlook about our need for audible as an alternative of visual info and outputs, we’ll continue to wrestle to compete with our sighted peers for jobs and to reside an unbiased life.

Many authorities ministries, corporations, and organisations now provide types on their web site so clients can fill in a type on-line. While this can be a sensible alternative for us to independently fill in our own types, safety access programmes akin to “Real Me” which identifies each particular person who has logged into the programme creating their own id profile, uses visible prompts allowing a person additional entry so they can fill in the type then retailer it in a personal area inside the web site. Different website programmes might use graphic identification methods to verify each particular person which means that if we will’t see what’s on the pc display then respond to it, we’re unable to progress additional as a result of our display readers can’t verbalise graphics, just text.

Other blind individuals might not have acquired training to fill in types on-line. Whilst many individuals anticipate the Blind Foundation to coach on a regular basis pc expertise to all blind individuals throughout the nation, this isn’t occurring resulting from restricted assets. It is a larger precedence to offer training to blind people who wish to research or work in the paid workforce. Others think about that blind and vision-impaired individuals should have the ability to access pc coaching from group businesses reminiscent of SeniorNet or an area adult instructional institute.
This can be a nice idea however tutors and academics working in the mainstream adult schooling area don’t have information of our adaptive know-how. For instance, some years in the past I enrolled and attended a computer course at the Southland Institute of Know-how (SIT). The tutor didn’t know something about JAWS the display reader I exploit and through the course, I found it troublesome when experiencing issues when accessing web sites as the tutor didn’t know tips on how to resolve these problems. At that time my son was dwelling at residence. He had appreciable pc information and he was permitted to return and help me through the courses. Nevertheless, many blind individuals don’t have somebody out there who can assist them in this style. In the present day my son lives in another part of New Zealand so I don’t have this feature anymore either. At current these of us who are older and not in paid employment or research are in a catch twenty-two state of affairs, the place we need to achieve more generic pc expertise to be able to do everyday pc operations resembling filling a type in on-line, ordering groceries or garments on-line or being concerned in social media.

At current, in many regions throughout the country, particularly in smaller cities and towns, it is much more troublesome to entry training to acquire these expertise. Let’s hope that inside the very near future native tutors and academics of generic pc expertise can study adaptive know-how in order that they have the arrogance and information to show blind adults of their courses. Then we will be a part of our pals in a SeniorNet class or another group pc course.

Another difficulty is the cost of gear and know-how. There have all the time been some blind individuals with the power to purchase their own gear and adaptive know-how. Nevertheless, many others are unable to do so as a consequence of lack of private funds. The blind group ought to be pleased about the Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund, which offers funding to shoppers of the Blind Foundation requiring gear or another commodity to help with their sight loss.
This can be a fund of final resort, and a financial contribution could also be required. The Pearson Fund can contemplate requests for gadgets that are thought-about a price of blindness. This is defined as costs that a blind individual incurs that aren’t normally incurred by a person who is just not blind. Examples embrace day-to-day blindness gadgets, glasses and gadgets of adaptive know-how reminiscent of computers, sensible units and adaptive software. The appliance process varies for each sort of request so please contact the Pearson Fund Administrator for recommendation on 0800 24 33 33 or you possibly can take heed to the Pearson Fund Guide on the Telephone Info Service at choice 3 three or read the Guide on-line at

While we do not know whether other disabled New Zealanders (who should not have any sight impairment of any sort), can access incapacity specific funds such as the Pearson Fund, we who are blind ought to be grateful, particularly to those people who got here earlier than us, and had the foresight to create this fund.

At current shoppers of the Blind Basis entry blind rehabilitation and help providers by enrolling for providers, after which under-going a wants evaluation. As soon as the shopper has recognized their wants, providers will probably be provided to deal with them. Nevertheless, sooner or later Authorities ministries such because the Ministry of Health might not contract disability service providers such because the Blind Basis to offer rehabilitation and help providers to blind and vision-impaired individuals. As an alternative, the Ministry of Health might allocate funds by means of an choice referred to as Individualised Funding, for us to purchase these providers from a service provider who gives blindness rehabilitation and help providers. Individualised Funding is a mechanism that permits disabled individuals to immediately manage their disability helps. It appears Government intends to fund more disability providers reminiscent of these offered by the Blind Basis this manner, but we do not know when this funding model will probably be launched.
A few of us will already be using Individualised Funding for personal care or household administration. Whilst Individualised Funding will provide shoppers/clients autonomy, there will nonetheless be checks and balances akin to a needs assessment that takes under consideration important want and natural supports obtainable to you. Individualised Funding provides you elevated selection and control to choose who offers this help, and the way and once you use it. Options range from partaking help staff and planning how your helps will probably be used, to employing your personal care suppliers and managing all features of service delivery. The Ministry of Well being contracts Host Organisations to help individuals using Individualised Funding, they usually provide a variety of providers including making certain and reporting to the Ministry of Health that funds are used for the purpose for which they have been allocated.

One other facet we have to think about prior to its introduction to the blind group is how a lot cash can be obtainable to each shopper/buyer for purchasing the providers they need. At the moment we all know Authorities doesn’t contract the Blind Foundation to help 100% prices of the rehabilitation and help service it supplies. Will Individualised Funding be sure that 100% of every individual’s needs are funded by Authorities, or will a consumer pay system be introduced to cover the shortfall from Government funds? In that case, blindness rehabilitation and help providers will develop into inequitable.

Additionally, once Individualised Funding is absolutely launched, this could enable clients to purchase blindness providers from a number of providers. Competitors might improve service high quality or not, depending on an agency’s capacity to market their providers and manage their price range. Whereas this might create additional inequities, the problem is that we don’t know. Funding of providers is a vital problem and we should always all be prepared for brand spanking new funding fashions sooner or later.

Perhaps in time the world will not depend on economic buildings as we do now. Blind and vision-impaired individuals might turn out to be extinct as a result of medical and technical intervention. Nevertheless, Governments should feed more funds into medical eye interventions to remove the incidence of sight loss earlier than we see a huge discount within the number of blind and imaginative and prescient impaired individuals in our world. Just lately, the New Zealand Herald revealed an article reporting that about 20,000 patients have been ready for over-due hospital eye-appointments. Throughout the country, virtually 70 individuals had skilled lack of sight because of the delay in their eye appointment. Such statistics in a developed nation like New Zealand is appalling and we shouldn’t hear news about patients who will not be receiving much-needed medical remedy on account of lack of Authorities assets.

We do not know what influence medical interventions and know-how might bring about long-term. Nevertheless there isn’t any doubt in my thoughts, when wanting back over the past fifty years, observing all the modifications we’ve skilled, that the development for patients not to obtain medical remedy because of a scarcity of Government useful resource, won’t simply continue however improve.

The Board has just lately appointed a brand new Focus Editor, which suggests this can be my last editorial. It’s virtually ten years since I took on this position. I hope you’ve gotten discovered my writings fascinating and stimulating. Additionally that these have given you the arrogance to face up and advocate on one thing that has bugged you. Corresponding to youngsters dropping their bikes over the footpath outdoors your local dairy, looking for control out of your native authority on the place they allow sandwich-boards to be placed, or making a formal grievance as a result of a store or restaurant wouldn’t allow you to deliver your information dog into their premises, despite the regulation. I have to say I am wanting ahead to sitting again and studying our new Focus Editor’s editorials.

To conclude, I want the new editor good luck in their position, and I thank those of you in your assistance in providing your thoughts on some subjects. As I say my goodbyes as your editor, I additionally thank you all for taking the time to learn Focus.

Freedom to Choose
From the President, Jonathan Godfrey
Greetings everybody. It’s been an motion packed few months since I wrote my last column, both for me personally and for Blind Citizens NZ. I don’t know where or once I first heard the three phrases of the title of my column, however they maintain coming back and again to me in quite a lot of conditions as a personal mantra.

Your Board has been gathering suggestions on the Draft Strategic Plan over the previous few months. The Board agreed to the statement of function “Blind Citizens NZ exists to give voice to the aspirations and lived experiences of blind, deafblind and vision-impaired New Zealanders.” I’ve used this single sentence several occasions in public shows and extra typically once I’ve been talking to individuals; it seems to work properly for everyone I’ve spoken with, whether or not they be blind or sighted. The “aspirations” within the objective speaks very loudly to me because it says we’re on the lookout for something totally different to what we’ve got now. We might need to develop or grow as people in a really private method, and we additionally want the perfect for one another as blind individuals. We need to have the appropriate info to help us make the most effective selections that permit us to benefit from the alternatives before us, and we need to determine for ourselves what it is that we every want. For me, that’s about decisions – the liberty to decide on, and truly the liberty to determine not to decide on.

Further into the Draft Strategic Plan, you’ll see “Goal 1: Blind people live in an accessible, equitable and inclusive society” and “Goal 4: Blind people receive the services they need to approach everyday life with independence, confidence and dignity.” I invite you to take a sluggish read of the Draft Strategic Plan and tell us if it speaks to what you need from Blind Citizens NZ. I would like each of us to have the freedom to decide on the life we would like and in the intervening time the important thing phrases that talk to me are “an accessible, equitable and inclusive society” and “everyday life with independence, confidence and dignity.”

All too typically in life, I really feel my private dignity being decreased because of the disabling state of affairs I discover myself in. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these conditions come about as a result of one other individual made a decision or took an action that left me short-changed someway. Was it the person who didn’t take heed to my considerations about not with the ability to use the printer in my office now that it makes use of contact display know-how? Was it the person who decided the extra tools we as blind individuals have to travel with dignity in quite a lot of modes of transport aren’t capable of be accommodated as a result of they aren’t within the price range?

These are questions that categorical my frustration, they usually then result in extra expressive questions which might be maybe a bit tougher. For instance: Should I’ve to pay for a service that leaves me feeling weak or feeling like I’m nothing greater than a parcel to be manhandled around, informed where to take a seat, when to face up and when to take a seat down? These are actual conditions I’ve experienced, and I do know other blind individuals have had experiences which might be as, or even more, demeaning.

I lately attended the Nationwide Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Annual Convention held in Orlando.

I went for work reasons (educating blind students about statistical software), however I couldn’t assist but take in a few of the culture I discovered in a large lodge complicated internet hosting its fifth gathering of nicely over 2000 blind individuals bashing and crashing around independently.

Yes, there was a number of noise, and maybe some of us would cringe on the behaviours of some people, fiercely defending and demanding independence, but not as soon as did I get any service from lodge employees that I felt was going to question my dignity in the week I was there.

I used to be a valued guest at reception, a valued buyer out there the place I bought plenty of tools and toys for blind individuals, and a valued diner at breakfast where I demolished one other large heart assault inducing American breakfast. I learnt lots whereas I used to be overseas; rather a lot about the best way blind individuals stay elsewhere, and a fair bit about myself too.

I started scripting this column on the day I heard of the passing of Sir Colin Meads, and so progress was just a little sluggish as I listened to numerous commentators speak concerning the man and what it means to be a New Zealander. I used to be capable of mirror on the best way we work in New Zealand, as a society normally and the way Blind Citizens NZ operates as a Disabled Individual’s Organisation particularly.

Kiwis have a tendency to love to work with others more than working towards them; we play the ball and never the man; we admire humility and modesty. These attributes have been brought house to me as I attended the NFB Conference. Why? Because I felt very alone in that very giant crowd of blind individuals at occasions because the kiwi in me felt fairly at odds with the best way the NFB works. I felt that speaker after speaker on the Conference promoted the necessity to battle, to face up and be counted by becoming a member of others in their struggle, and the language used was typically combative and inflammatory.

In contrast, I keep in mind my first Blind Citizens NZ Convention back in 2002, the place I felt like I had come house. Yes, our members converse passionately concerning the problems with the day, and there are times when we don’t agree with one another, but very seldom have I noticed anything shut to non-public assaults or such heated debates which have led to long-held grudges.

I’ve been reflecting on the constructive and damaging elements of my first NFB Convention; discussing it with my friends and family, each sighted and blind alike; and making an attempt to work out how we will shield the Kiwi approach within the work we do when others need to comply with a more combative strategy.

I can already hear someone claiming that we haven’t tried exhausting enough to make use of the authorized mechanisms out there to us, which don’t should be combative. Sure, I feel we ought to make use of every device that’s obtainable to us, however maybe we need to use the instruments which might be probably the most applicable for every of us. Some of you may choose to ship an e mail while others will reach for the telephone when it is time to let a decision-maker know what it’s we’d like as blind individuals; some individuals will need to use Human Rights legislation to pursue some matters. In the meanwhile, the momentum is with the Disabled Individuals Organisation (DPO) Coalition and the Incapacity Action Plan. That’s the place my personal power goes as we speak, but when the time comes that progress in the direction of getting the dignity I would like in my everyday life is slowing to an unacceptable tempo, I’ll be more than prepared to vary my recreation plan.

The work being achieved by way of the DPO Coalition has led to some advocacy issues being progressed. A key instance is the progress being made on getting a suitable type of identification instead of the driving force’s licence used by many sighted individuals. Via the meetings held with Authorities officials where the suitable individuals came collectively, we found that the necessity for ID is a much greater concern than we’d thought-about beforehand.
We’ll nonetheless need to see what that progress seems to be like in the long run, but this is an advocacy difficulty that has been arising again and again for blind individuals over many years.

One other improvement (a bit closer to my skilled pursuits) is that of knowledge. There’s a cynical saying that means that if something doesn’t matter it doesn’t get measured (true enough), however that if it isn’t measured then it doesn’t matter (not all the time true). Knowledge on the influence of disability has been a troublesome train worldwide. Results from the census and survey questions used in NZ have not been immediately corresponding to the opposite nations we normally examine ourselves to.

That’s present process change right now. We’ll see totally different questions within the next NZ census and we’ve already used them in a serious survey referred to as the Common Social Survey. TO quote Statistics NZ, “We carry out the General Social Survey (GSS) to provide information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. It covers a wide range of social and economic outcomes, and shows how people in different groups within the New Zealand population are faring.” This time, for the primary time, we, as disabled New Zealanders, are one of the identifiable groups.

When asked a query about their general life satisfaction, 37.6% of the disabled individuals surveyed gave a solution within the range Zero-6 on a 0-10 scale as in comparison with solely 15.1% for nondisabled respondents. On a question asking if life is worth it, the two percentages have been 25.2% and 11.eight%. On asking if adequacy of revenue to satisfy every single day needs, the proportions of respondents saying that they didn’t have the funds for have been 20.2% and 10.0%; when asked concerning the need for instant or in depth repairs on their house, the odds have been 11.four% and 6.2%; and the listing goes on. It is depressing, but this can be a story that wanted to be advised and extra importantly, must be heard.

The power so as to add the actual proof from impersonal aggregated inhabitants knowledge to the very private anecdotal proof from people is a recreation changer. We will put this proof on the desk once we meet with the individuals that can make a distinction. I belief that they as Kiwis might be eager to work with us to make this a better New Zealand for all of us. I take a look at these questions within the GSS and marvel what I might have answered, and why. In the long run, I conclude that the questions where I’ve the freedom to decide on are these areas the place I might have answered at the highest (higher) finish of the measurement scale. That’s what I would like for all blind individuals.

Blind Citizens NZ Helps the newly drafted RNZFB Constitution – We encourage members to help this too
Since early 2016, the Blind Foundation’s Constitutional Evaluate Committee has labored steadfastly on the development of a brand new RNZFB Constitution. While the journey has not all the time been clean, of observe are the various opportunities there have been to affect the result. Blind Citizens NZ, together with several others, have made submissions and/or met with the Constitutional Evaluation Committee alongside the best way.

When excited about the work that has occurred and the extent to which modifications have been launched, the achievements general are of significance, resembling:
the removing of proxy voting;
there might be a compulsory period for members to think about proposals earlier than they’re voted on;
when obligatory Board insurance policies are to be amended there is a requirement to seek the advice of with members about these modifications;
there’s larger readability relating to processes involving members initiating proposals and/or special conferences;
the Affiliate Director seat has been removed;
there’s larger readability round and promotion of the way for members each individually and collectively, to seek info from the Board and hold it to account; and
there are restrictions around the extent to which the Board can modify the Constitution with out the approval of Members.

Throughout its August assembly, the Board of Blind Citizens NZ, thought-about the draft RNZFB Constitution noting all the above factors in addition to self-determination. A key facet for Blind Citizens NZ and particular person members is the requirement for a preamble about self-determination to be included in the newly drafted Constitution.
Blind Citizens NZ’s position on self-determination, is further emphasised within the remit from Blind Citizens NZ’s Auckland Department, and championed by Don McKenzie. This remit asks that within the occasion the brand new RNZFB Structure does not embrace a preamble about self-determination, that Blind Citizens NZ shouldn’t help it.

The Board of Blind Citizens NZ is happy to have this chance to state publically, its help for the preamble about self-determination, and modifications general. Additionally, on behalf of Auckland Branch, the Board advises the department’s intent to withdraw its remit on self-determination, when this arises during Blind Citizens NZ’s 2017 Annual Common Meeting and Convention.

The preamble about self-determination that may seem in the ultimate draft of the RNZFB Constitution follows. Given all the modifications introduced, including the preamble, Blind Citizens NZ encourages members to help the newly drafted RNZFB Structure, and to ensure your vote counts at the Blind Basis’s Particular Assembly on11 November 2017.

Now to the preamble from the final draft of the RNZFB Structure…

[begins] This Structure and interpretation thereof is to be in step with trendy disability philosophy as expressed via the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities (Disability Convention), the New Zealand Incapacity Technique (Disability Technique) and the precept of self-determination of blind individuals.

The Disability Convention promotes, protects and ensures the complete and equal enjoyment of all human rights and elementary freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and it promotes respect for his or her inherent dignity, requiring they’re intently consulted and actively concerned in selections referring to them.

The Incapacity Strategy adopted in 2016 guides the Government’s work on incapacity points. The Authorities’s imaginative and prescient is that New Zealand is a non-disabling society the place disabled individuals have an equal alternative to realize their objectives and aspirations and New Zealand works together to make this occur.

The principle of self-determination of blind individuals was first included into the Constitution of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (Basis) in 2003. For the Basis, self-determination signifies that blind individuals have the proper to:
full citizenship;
personal autonomy, selection and management over their lives;
be absolutely included in New Zealand society;
equitable entry to specialised blindness providers and help to enable them to stay successfully;
individually and/or collectively shape the design and path of these providers and helps;
successfully monitor the Foundation’s accountabilities and performance based mostly on transparency and entry to info;
elect the Board of Directors;
individually and/or collectively advocate on their own behalf. [ends]The subsequent stage will shortly begin resulting in the final step within the process i.e. the Blind Foundation’s Particular Meeting on 11 November 2017, to think about and vote on the newly drafted RNZFB Structure. The Board of Blind Citizens NZ congratulates the Constitutional Assessment Committee, and reiterates its help for the preamble on self-determination and modifications general, in the newly drafted RNZFB Constitution.

Blind Citizens NZ Draft Strategic Plan 2018-2020

One of the many pieces of labor the Board has invested its time in over current months, is the preparation of Blind Citizens NZ’s next strategic plan. The draft has executed the round of branches and networks, and been publicised by way of other choices together with on our Nationwide Suggestions Line Bulletin on the Blind Foundation’s Phone Info Service. It’ll now make its method to this yr’s Annual Basic Meeting and Convention for remaining discussion, and adoption. To ensure our members and supporters are aware about the strategy Blind Citizens NZ will take via to 2020, the draft strategic plan is publicised in our September Focus situation. For these conversant in Blind Citizens NZ’s strategic plans of current occasions, you’ll word the distinction here where a objective, imaginative and prescient, and values are included.

We hope you will read the draft Strategic Plan 2018-2020. Most essential is that one can find methods to supply suggestions and/or your help, remembering you are able to do this in individual if attending this yr’s Annual Common Meeting and Conference.

Draft Strategic Plan 2018-2020

Blind Citizens NZ exists to offer voice to the aspirations and lived experiences of blind, deafblind and vision-impaired New Zealanders.
Blind, deafblind and vision-impaired individuals stay the life they choose.

In the context of this document, the word “blind” encompasses all those that are blind, deafblind or vision-impaired who can determine with our objectives.

We worth:
respect for the alternative ways each of us responds to the challenges of blindness;
the shared learning and help acquired from the lived experiences of others;
adherence to democratic rules that ensure our representations are broadly based mostly;
dedication to sustained effort in our advocacy;
constructive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with different incapacity organisations;
the rules and alternatives afforded by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Zealand Incapacity Technique;
our historical past and the position we have now performed within the lives of blind individuals since 1945.

Objective 1: Blind individuals stay in an accessible, equitable and inclusive society
We’ll advocate on the grounds of human rights and fairness to these whose legal guidelines, laws, operations, activities, attitudes or products create obstacles to our full participation in society.

Aim 2: The group’s response to blindness is mirrored in affirmative actions and attitudes
We’ll create higher group consciousness and schooling around the talents and capabilities of blind individuals to take part absolutely in society given the means and opportunities to do so, and can guarantee blindness is all the time portrayed in a constructive mild.

Objective 3: Blind individuals are assured and successful advocates on both a private and systemic degree
We’ll provide and help advocacy training for our members and exhibit by way of collective action, how blind individuals can result in change for the better in their own life and within the lives of others in the blind group.

Objective 4: Blind individuals receive the providers they should strategy on a regular basis life with independence, confidence and dignity
We’ll assess the providers of suppliers particularly funded to offer blindness providers to ensure that the needs and expectations of these receiving them are being met; and will advocate for improvement in both quantity and high quality the place there’s evidence of unmet need.
We’ll advocate for a greater service expertise for blind individuals using public providers, and help coaching for non-blindness-specific service providers in methods to cater for our wants.

Objective 5: Blind Citizens NZ is recognised for its leadership within the blind group, and as a number one Disabled Individuals’s Organisation in the disability sectorWe will work with Authorities and our disability sector companions to translate the rights conferred underneath the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities, the Incapacity Technique and the Disability Action Plan into tangible and practical outcomes that may create a non-disabling society for all these with a incapacity.

Aim 6: Blind Citizens NZ is a listening, receptive and responsive organisation that encourages individuals to need to belong
We’ll keep a constant circulate of data via quite a lot of media to the blind group and search every alternative to interact with blind individuals of all ages concerning the impression of blindness on their lives.
We’ll promote and supply a protected and welcoming setting within our branches and networks for activities that encourage social interplay, peer help and the sharing of data and recommendation.

Objective 7: The value of what Blind Citizens NZ adds to the blind group and society usually is evidenced each in rising membership and funder help
We’ll actively promote the benefits of joining our organisation to the blind group, with special attention to youth engagement.
We’ll show to supporters and funders that we’re a dynamic and constructive disabled individuals’s organisation worthy of their financial help and backing.

Information Canine Handler ForumYes, we’re all go and properly into preparation for our first ever, Information Canine Handlers Forum. By the time this Focus situation arrives in your mail field, attendees coming to this Discussion board shall be listening to snippets of information about the two-day event, and where applicable, learning about their travel and sundry other related-matters.

Our two-day forum is on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October. Attendees comprise each present and aspiring guide dog handlers, and whanau. Anyone who has questions concerning the Discussion board should contact our National Workplace (details on the finish of this Focus situation).

Representative Appointments
In the March and June Focus issues, three consultant positions have been marketed. The Board thought-about expressions of curiosity for every of the three positions throughout its August meeting. Congratulations go to the next members on their respective appointments:
Allan Jones, Focus Editor;
Paula Waby, Workbridge Council representative;
Mary Schnackenberg, Ministry of Health Disability Help Providers Shopper Consortium.

Listening, Connecting, Partaking
2017 Annual Basic Meeting and Convention

There’s still time to register and be a part of everybody at this yr’s Annual Basic Meeting (AGM) and Convention. The theme is Listening, Connecting, and Partaking. There’s a lot info to soak up and share. This led the Board to explore what new and alternative ways there could be to communicate and have interaction about its work, and what members need to hear about.

The Ascot Park Lodge, Invercargill is this yr’s venue and already the programme for Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October inclusive, is wanting full, with a number of thought-provoking discussions planned to occur. Making an allowance for there shall be a 10am begin time on 13 October, attendees are inspired to plan travel and to reach Thursday 12 October. Working around air-travel departures primarily, we can be ending up no later than 11.30am, Sunday.

Visitor audio system embrace a panel of past and current Nationwide Presidents of Blind Citizens NZ from 1993 to present. Aine Kelly-Costello will current on the topic of blind youth and communication. Incapacity Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero is joined by speakers every of whom has a selected give attention to human rights and/or laws.
Graeme Nahkies from BoardWorks International talks about organisational procedures that contribute to the Board’s work programme.

Prices for lodging and meals are all the time a key consideration for everyone. On this regard, the Board, with the help of the Ascot Lodge’s help and aggressive pricing, has taken steps to ensure lodging and meal prices are on a par with these for last yr. When contemplating attendance includes three nights’ accommodation (not two), and all meals from dinner Thursday night, via to Sunday’s morning tea, the package deal is nice i.e. prices are $542 for single accommodation and $400 per individual for shared lodging. Moreover, even at this stage you possibly can reap the benefits of our registration instalment plan, to keep away from taking that hit when a big sum of cash needs to be paid. To complete your plans to attend, contact our Nationwide Office on 0800 222 6940 or e mail us at [email protected] for full particulars.

Blind Citizens NZ Board Construction and Processes
The Board has been giving critical thought over current occasions, to its personal processes and operations and the way these could also be impacting on Blind Citizens NZ as an entire. To this end, the Board is bringing to this yr’s Annual Basic Meeting and Convention, a dialogue paper entitled “Blind Citizens NZ Board structure and processes”.

Circulated to branches and networks throughout July 2017, the discussion paper explores a variety of governance-related gadgets by which the Board feels change could also be useful. Gadgets the Board is raising for consideration, discussion, and steerage from attendees at this yr’s AGM and Conference embrace:
The abolishment of extra-ordinary elections forthwith.
Decreasing the number of Board Members to eight, with the option of a discount to seven at an applicable time.
Delegating to the Board the authority to appoint as much as two co-opted members for a period not exceeding two years and who need not be financial abnormal members of Blind Citizens NZ.
Growing the term of office for Board members to 3 years.
Reviewing the position of World Blind Union Representative, as a board position and that it develop into an appointed place subject to expressions of interest in future.
That the Annual Basic Meeting and Convention talk about what remedial action could be taken to draw individuals to put themselves ahead for the Board.

The dialogue paper in its entirety is out there on our Nationwide Suggestions Line Bulletin. You’ll be able to read this by choosing choices: 5 (shopper organisations), 1 (Blind Citizens NZ), 4 (Blind Citizens NZ organisational paperwork), 8 (Memos to Branches), then select the choice for Memo 17.

Blind Citizens NZ 2017 Election Replace
Rose Wilkinson, Returning Officer
This election update will alert monetary strange (voting) members of an election that is underway. Moreover, this informs everybody there will probably be no election for the positions of Nationwide President, and 4 Members-at-Giant. On the shut of nominations, 4pm Thursday 24 August, the incumbents have been each re-elected unopposed.

At roughly the identical time as the September Focus situation arrives in your mailbox, monetary Odd Members can be receiving poll material to vote for one among two candidates standing for election to fill the World Blind Union Consultant emptiness. Candidates standing for election to this position in alphabetical order by surname are Áine Kelly-Costello and Paula Waby.
Expressions of Curiosity – Consultant on the Blind and Low Imaginative and prescient Schooling Community NZ Board of Trustees
Blind Citizens NZ is looking for expressions of interest to fill the place it holds on the Blind and Low Vision Schooling Network NZ (BLENNZ) Board of Trustees.

BLENNZ is a special character faculty, offering schooling providers to blind and low vision learners (including those who are deafblind, or have further special wants) from start (or analysis) to age 21. Centred at its residential campus at Homai, by way of its Visual Useful resource Centres and mainstream faculties attended by blind and low imaginative and prescient learners BLENNZ supplies providers throughout the nation. Jonathan Godfrey has been in this position for three years and has made it recognized he won’t be looking for reappointment.

In case you are keen to commit to a three-year appointment and meet the next expectations, the Board is keen to hear from you.
You may be eligible for consideration offered you:
have skilled the schooling system as a blind individual at main and/or secondary degree;
understand the implications of special schooling because it relates to the core curriculum;
determine with the wants of a wide range of scholars who are at totally different points in the schooling course of; and
can show familiarity with Blind Citizens NZ’s position on life-long schooling.

Having learn the necessities of this consultant position, in case you consider you meet them, and above all, that you are enthusiastic about ensuring blind and low imaginative and prescient college students get the most effective schooling they will, then please contemplate putting your identify forward for this position. Moreover you’re encouraged to request information about the duties and duties required of Blind Citizens NZ’s consultant from National Workplace.
We have to receive expressions of curiosity by 4pm, Thursday 9 November 2017. You possibly can submit this by way of any of the next choices:
Submit: PO Field 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242;
E-mail: [email protected];
Fax: 04-389-0030

Cyril White Memorial Fund
Closing Date for Purposes – 2 October 2017

The Cyril White Memorial Fund facilitates funding alternatives that encourage and domesticate leadership expertise and qualities amongst blind, and vision impaired individuals. Blind Citizens NZ, together with the Blind Basis, are answerable for publicising these opportunities. The subsequent round closes on 2 October 2017 (noting 1 October is a Sunday).

Cyril White was a pioneer in the blindness advocacy motion, and is it this that led to the institution of the Cyril White Memorial Fund following his dying in 1984. Eligibility of candidates is primarily about these eligible for full registration with the Blind Foundation. As well as, tasks which might be more likely to be of direct benefit or interest to blind and vision-impaired individuals are eligible for consideration.

If in case you have a venture or exercise and need to discover out whether this meets the fund criteria, contact us for full details. Then whenever you submit your software, you’ll be confident you have got ticked all required packing containers, and most of all, that you simply meet the eligibility standards.

We should obtain purposes to the Cyril White Memorial Fund by 4pm, 2 October February 2017 (noting 1 October is a Sunday). These must be for the attention of: Cyril White Fund, C/ Blind Citizens NZ, PO Box 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242. Alternatively, by e mail to [email protected] together with in the subject line, Cyril White Fund software.

Blind Citizens NZ – World Blind Union Committee Emptiness
Expressions of Interest Invited

Are you interested by worldwide blindness matters? Do you could have a yearning to place this to good use? In the event you do, then learn on…

Our World Blind Union (WBU) Committee exists to help the position of the WBU Representative. This committee includes as much as four financial Abnormal (voting) Members of Blind Citizens NZ, plus the WBU Representative. The time period of office for all four positions is 2 years, and runs concurrently with the term of workplace for the WBU Representative. You’ll have already read on this Focus problem, that an extra-ordinary election to fill the WBU Representative position is underway. Because it happens, we’ve got a vacancy to fill on the WBU Committee additionally. The time period of workplace for all positions concludes on the end of Blind Citizens NZ’s 2018 Annual Basic Meeting and Convention.

Our September Focus difficulty is a superb alternative to publicise the emptiness on our WBU Committee and name for expressions of interest. Subsequently, in case you meet the standards and are enthusiastic about filling the vacancy, submit an expression of curiosity together with a profile that reflects your involvement in and curiosity of Blind Citizens NZ and blindness points internationally. Please remember there is a 1,000 word-limit. Additionally, we’ve got a set of tips that may help you to compile your profile (CV) when sending in your expression of interest. You’re inspired to contact Nationwide Workplace for these.

We need to receive your expression of interest by 4pm, Thursday 9 November 2017. You possibly can submit this by way of any of the next choices:
Submit: PO Field 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242;
E-mail: [email protected];
Fax: 04-389-0030
Blind Citizens NZ joins the Access Alliance
You can also help the Accessibility Issues Marketing campaign
Blind Citizens NZ is a member of the Access Alliance Steering Group. Along side our organisational advocacy programme, Blind Citizens NZ is lending its help for accessibility legislation (Accessibility for New Zealanders Act). The Entry Alliance, which leads the Entry Matters Campaign, is a coalition of disabled individuals, incapacity organisations and supporters.

Blind Citizens NZ takes this chance to advertise information about the Open Letter, which you too can help. The Open Letter petitions leaders of political parties, calling them to commit to the introduction of accessibility legislation, together with enforceable accessibility standards. The Open Letter is on the market in audio and braille from the Blind Foundation, electronically from the Access Alliance web site and enormous print and electronically from Blind Citizens NZ i.e. e-mail us at [email protected] or telephone 0800 222 6940. The open letter:
Calls on leaders to point out management this election by committing their social gathering to introducing accessibility legislation, together with enforceable accessibility requirements, in the subsequent parliamentary term.
Urges leaders to recognise that elevated accessibility presents one of many largest opportunities for social and financial improvement for all New Zealanders.
Requires leaders to spend money on the wellbeing of all New Zealanders by appearing to make sure that jobs and workplaces are accessible to everyone, including 14,000 New Zealanders with disabilities who’re prepared and capable of work, yet wrestle to realize employment.

You will discover more details about the Open Letter and particulars of the proposed Accessibility for New Zealanders Act, and the Access Matters marketing campaign at

“Feeling Rubbish” Makes a Blind Little bit of Difference
From Auckland Department, Blind Citizens NZ
The Auckland Branch of Blind Citizens NZ has launched Feeling Garbage, a information to assist blind and vision impaired Aucklanders type household rubbish by touch.

Paul Brown, former Chair of the Auckland Department, stated, “Thanks to a ‘zero waste’ grant from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF), I’m very proud to launch the first guide on reducing waste that we could find specifically aimed at blind and vision impaired people. As Aucklanders, we intend to make more than a blind bit of difference by dealing with our waste responsibly.”

Written by Vicki Corridor, with the assistance of blind and vision impaired members from the Auckland group, Feeling Garbage is obtainable in audio CD, braille and enormous print in addition to digital formats. To further help distinguish between tender plastics and composites, “rubbish rings” with samples of garbage have been created to help us determine the several types of packaging and waste by touch, and where to put it.

We launched the information at our AGM on 5 August. Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Setting and Group Committee says the council is dedicated to help group groups who share their aim of zero waste by 2040.

“Feeling Rubbish will help our blind and vision impaired community to sort household rubbish and recycle as much as possible, as well as help make their lives a little bit easier. This is a very exciting project and I am thrilled at the innovative ideas in the guide. It is full of information that is relevant to everyone, and I hope it will inspire other Aucklanders and communities beyond Auckland to find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
As an enormous bonus our guide has been endorsed by our personal National President, Jonathan Godfrey, who is a gardener with some 30+ fruit timber and he practises composting, worm farming and bokashi administration of his household and backyard waste. Speaking on the launch, Jonathan informed us that our information explained in about an hour of studying how one can handle garbage, which he had wanted to study the exhausting means by attending several workshops for sighted homeowners.

Auckland Blind Basis library debtors should by now have acquired the CD model of the information. It’s up on Booklink for smartphone customers and in addition on TIS at menu choice 4 1 1 1 1 4. We’ve posted giant print copies to our Auckland Branch members who’ve chosen giant print as their format, and braille copies to department members who have braille as their format. The accessible PDF version is at More copies of Feeling Rubbish can be found from the Auckland Branch Secretary, Mary Schnackenberg, telephone 09 520 4242 or e mail [email protected]

Phone Dictation Voting the best way to Vote
In case you are not already registered to vote within the Common Election by Telephone Dictation Voting, you might have until 7pm, Thursday 21 September to register – telephone 0800 028 028. In case you are already registered, voting by Telephone Dictation Voting opened Wednesday 6 September.

Info, together with a brief video and accessible assets, is out there online right here

This info can also be out there on the Blind Basis’s Telephone Info Service.
Please Help Our Revenue Era Efforts
Blind Citizens NZ has each Charitable and Donee standing, which is necessary for anyone eager about the mutually useful outcomes of payroll giving and making us your charity of selection. Revenue acquired via donations, bequests and payroll giving for instance, go a great distance in the direction of supporting the various sides of our work similar to our advocacy campaigns, promotional campaigns, and communication and group schooling. Making us the recipient of a bequest or legacy, is one other means you possibly can help us. We embrace information about every of these choices.

Payroll Giving: that is a simple easy means for an employee to donate to a charity of their selection, comparable to Blind Citizens NZ. When an worker donates to a charity by means of their payroll, they obtain a tax refund instantly. For all different forms of donation, the donor should wait till the top of the tax yr to obtain their tax refund. One of the key advantages of donating by way of your wages (Payroll Giving) is that as an worker chances are you’ll determine to donate your refund to the charity as properly. Charitable Payroll Giving is optionally available and not all employers will participate. Blind Citizens NZ has Donee Standing, and is eligible to obtain payroll presents. There are five steps to Payroll Giving donations.

1. Ask your employer if payroll giving is an employee profit. Advocate for Blind Citizens NZ, and outline why you’re passionate concerning the organisation. Some employers match payroll presents with a contribution of their own.

2. If payroll giving is obtainable, provide your employer with the checking account details for Blind Citizens NZ. If mandatory, provide contact details for the Government Officer Rose Wilkinson.

three. Determine how much you’ll be able to afford, and how regularly you will donate, considering the fast tax benefit.

4. Notify Blind Citizens NZ that you’re making a payroll present. Your employer might transfer the cash into Blind Citizens NZ’s checking account without any notification.

5. Inform all your folks and colleagues about how the great work of Blind Citizens NZ supports you. Encourage your work colleagues to help us.

Making a Bequest: By means of our efforts and your monetary help, we are engaged on the removing of the limitations we face so we will make our mark on the earth. We aren’t an organisation helping blind individuals. We’re blind individuals ourselves placing our own personal time and power into pursuing our imaginative and prescient of a world by which we may be absolutely unbiased and capable of contribute to our full potential. In the course of the previous 12 months, Blind Citizens has been extremely fortunate to profit from legacies, and we take this chance to recognise generically, the generosity of those individuals and their households.

Your Will can make an enduring present and Blind Citizens NZ can be extraordinarily grateful for any contribution. In the event you select to go away a gift to Blind Citizens NZ, steered wording in your will is:
I give and bequeath (_________) % of my estate to the Affiliation of Blind Citizens of New Zealand Included to be applied for basic functions. A receipt taken by my trustee as being given on behalf of Blind Citizens NZ might be an entire discharge to my trustee for the legacy.

To learn how we inform those who have pledged their help to us, when you’ve got questions otherwise you wish to make a contribution contact:
Rose Wilkinson 04-389-0039
E-mail: [email protected]

Personnel – Blind Citizens NZ
Nationwide President: Jonathan Godfrey (Administration Committee) [email protected]
Vice President: Martine Abel-Williamson (Member-at-Giant / Management Committee): [email protected]
Andrea Courtney (Member-at-Giant): [email protected]
Geraldine Glanville (Member-at-Giant): [email protected]
Shaun Johnson (Member-at-Giant): [email protected]
Murray Peat (Member-at-Giant / Administration Committee): telephone 021 081 66126; [email protected]
Daniel Phillips (Member-at-Giant); 027 468 3669
Paula Waby (Member-at-Giant / Management Committee): [email protected]

Focus Editor
E-mail articles to: [email protected]
Submit: PO Box 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242

National Office
Postal: PO Box 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242
Physical: Ground Flooring, 113 Adelaide Street, Newtown, Wellington
Telephone: 04-389-0033; 0800-ABCNZ-INC (0800-222-694)
Fax: 04-389-0030; Web:
E-mail: [email protected]
Government Officer, Rose Wilkinson: [email protected]

Blind Citizens NZ is appreciative of donations acquired from our members, and for funding from the Blind Foundation, Lotteries Grants Board, Assume In another way, and Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui.

Focus, Volume 53 No 3 – September 2017


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