A Guide to Community Engagement with People with Disabilities

2nd edition

Published online: 
12 April 2017
A Guide to Community Engagement with People with Disabilities.


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 Engagement resources on the Whaikaha website.

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.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    12 April 2017
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-850242-7 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2017. A Guide to Community Engagement with People with Disabilities (2nd edn). Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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