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Survey on how life is going for the disability community

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: survey, disabilities, disabled, lockdown, disease, emergencies

The Office for Disability Services invites you to participate in a weekly survey on the issues and risks being experienced by disabled people in the COVID-19 environment.

Complete the How is life going for the disability community weekly survey during COVID-19.

The survey is translated into Easy Read and has been developed to be as accessible as possible for blind and low vision citizens. There is also a standard version for others. The survey is currently being translated into NZSL.

The Office for Disability Services values your time and participation and ask your assistance to promote the survey to others in the disability sector.

Why the survey is important and who will participate

It is important to understand the issues associated with the COVID-19 emergency being experienced by disabled people and their whānau/families as we continue in Level 4 COVID-19 and beyond.

It is also important to hear from service providers and others in the disability sector. This will help us understand which issues require more work. It will also help us understand which issues are being managed effectively and the progress being made.

Why this is a weekly survey

Each week we will close the survey, analyse the results, and report them to government agencies, disability organisations and the Minister for Disability Issues. The survey will then be repeated the next week. We hope you will do the survey again. The survey may be repeated less frequently over time.

We want to understand where progress is being made and where more action is required.

After doing the first survey you will be able to answer questions on whether the issue has changed since last time.

What is covered in the survey

Questions in this survey cover different topics, including information, safety, and how you are going. Some of these questions may bring up difficult feelings or thoughts, so we have provided links to information about these issues at the end of the survey.

Contact the Office for Disability Issues if you are having trouble with the survey links (odi[at] with the Subject line: How is life going for the disability community survey enquiries).

Privacy and confidentiality of the survey

Your results will be treated in confidence. As we report the information, consistent with the Privacy Act, we will make sure no one person or their information is able to be identified. You may choose not to provide your name or organisation.

Sometimes people do want individual follow up on an issue. Please provide us with your contact information if that is the case.

Thank you to the following groups and government officials who have worked quickly to provide feedback on the survey’s development:

  • Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition;
  • IHC Advocacy;
  • CCS Disability Action; and
  • the New Zealand Disability Network (NZDSN).

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch