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New Zealand Sign Language: Soon to be a third official language for New Zealand. Deaf community meetings: Update December 2003. Today’s meeting agenda:. What Government have agreed to do (details) 2. Update on work since May 2003, and some issues that came up in this work

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New Zealand Sign Language:

Soon to be a third official language for New Zealand.

Deaf community meetings: Update

December 2003


Today’s meeting agenda:

  • What Government have agreed to do (details)

  • 2. Update on work since May 2003,

  • and some issues that came up in this work

  • How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill

  • Questions & discussion


  • What Government have agreed to do

  • Cabinet have agreed to

    • Draft a NZSL Bill

    • Do more work on:

      • NZSL interpreters issues

      • Education, health, work and television issues


  • Draft NZSL Bill, will say

  • NZSL will be an official language, also promotion & maintenance of NZSL

  • Right to use NZSL in legal proceedings

  • NZSL interpreters in legal proceedings must be competent

  • Statement of principles to guide government agencies on how to recognise, promote and maintain NZSL

  • A reporting system to report on progress in following the principles.


Government will do more work to look at:

  • NZSL interpreter issues

    • Work on developing interpreter standards for courts

    • Review of government funding systems for NZSL interpreters

  • Education, health, work and television issues

    • Deaf people have many barriers in these areas. Plans to remove barriers will be developed in consultation with the Deaf community.


  • 2. Update on work since May 2003: Consultations

    Deaf community

    Government Departments

    Deaf Advisory Group

    Targeted 27 key government

    agencies

    Deaf community meetings

    1st round: May 2003

    Options for details of a

    NZSL Bill

    Why recognition of NZSL?

    Current problems without

    recognition?

    2nd round: Aug 2003

    Detailed proposals


    2. Update on work since May 2003:

    Some issues that came up in this work

    • Deaf awareness needed for government departments in May/June 2003.

    • Deaf community meetings showed clearly that recognition of NZSL as a real language is very low which means Deaf people do not have fair treatment

    • “Official recognition” – what does this mean?

    • Rights or principles?


    • New Zealand laws have some gaps. These gaps mean that Deaf people do not have the same right to their language as other New Zealanders, for example:

      • New Zealand’s human rights laws do not include ‘language’ as a prohibited ground of discrimination

      • NZ Bill of Rights Act

  • International models

    • eg: European Parliament

  • Two separate issues (i) access to services and information for Deaf people, and (ii) status for NZSL.

  • Intra-ground discrimination risk


  • 1 - 2 years

    Government agencies

    Parliament

    Everyone

    Practice

    NZSL

    Problem

    Standards

    Funding

    Research work

    Ministers

    Cabinet

    1st Reading (debate)

    Select Committee

    2nd Reading (debate)

    3rd Reading (debate)

    Ideas


    • How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill

    Draft NZSL Bill introduced to Parliament

    Early 2004 (?February)

    First reading

    Parliament refers the Bill to select committee


    • How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill

    • The Select Committee:

    • Makes NZSL Bill public

    • Calls for submissions

      • Written

      • ? NZSL video

      • You can ask to meet the select committee to explain your submission points


    Making a submission to a select committee

    can look something like this…

    You can find the booklet

    “Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee”

    at the Office of the Clerk’s website:

    http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/Publications/Other/


    4.Questions and discussion

    • Questions and discussion

    • The Office for Disability Issues would like to ask for feedback on how we have involved the Deaf community in this work…

    • … and how can we make sure the Deaf community continue to be involved in this work?


    For further information contact:

    Victoria Manning

    Office for Disability Issues

    PO Box 12 136

    Wellington

    Email: [email protected]

    Fax: +64 4 918 0075


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