This document supports agencies and organisations to be inclusive when they are consulting with communities. It offers practical advice about engaging with people with disabilities and reducing barriers to their full participation in their communities.
This guide focuses on engaging with people with learning/intellectual, physical and/or sensory disabilities. However, much of its advice can also be applied to work with people who experience mental health conditions.
There are two sections.
- ‘Planning for community engagement with people with disabilities’ has information and tips on planning the engagement process.
- ‘Undertaking an accessible community engagement process’ has information on engaging with people with specific impairments and tips on specific aspects of community engagement – this section is also available online at Community engagement with people with disabilities.
The guide was created in association with disabled people’s organisations to help agencies and organisations such as government departments, local bodies, district health boards, schools, community groups and disability support services providers.