Accessibility Charter

The Accessibility Charter: A commitment to accessible information.

The Ministry of Social Development is delivering a programme of work to ensure the public sector is accessible for everyone and inclusive of disabled people.

The programme is delivered across central and local government, including core public sector agencies, Crown entities, District Health Board’s (DHBs), and local authorities.

Endorsing a commitment

The first step in the programme is for organisations to endorse their commitment to providing accessible information.

To endorse its commitment, the Chief Executive, and Communications and IT managers sign the Accessibility Charter, giving employees the mandate to work towards an accessible environment for both its clients, and employees.

The second step is for each agency to develop and implement a five-year resourced programme of work, with the aim of accessibility becoming business as usual.

Each agency reports their progress to MSD on a six-monthly basis. This information provides the basis of a report for the Minister of Disability Issues.

Resources

Resources are available to assist people to know who to contact and to understand the standards for providing material in various alternate formats for disabled people.

This is supported by a training programme that can be delivered to all communication and IT staff within your organisation.

Lead Toolkit – the standards outlined in the Accessibility Charter programme of work are also reflected in the Lead Toolkit – a programme of work that aims to increase the employment of disabled people in the public sector.

Contact

For more information contact:

Accessibility @ MSD
Ministry of Social Development
Email: accessibility@msd.govt.nz


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