Today marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, aimed at promoting an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
The theme for 2015 is: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society.
Enable New Zealand is celebrating the day today by revealing New Zealand’s first EASIE Living and Demonstration Centre in Palmerston North will be launched early 2016. The centre is being developed to provide a range of generic and specialist services to support people to live independently in their communities by promoting the principles of choice, flexibility and control.
For the first time ever, customers and those working in the health and disability sector will have access to a range of services that are encapsulated within the brand known as EASIE Living under one roof. The centre’s innovative approach provides a ‘gateway to independence’ through five foundation pillars:
equipment | advice | services | information | education
The EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre will deliver a range of community services to support the disabled and ageing populations.
Enable New Zealand General Manager, Scott Ambridge said “It’s an exciting and innovative accessible demonstration home will provide visitors with a kinesthetic and tactile experience, where they can test high and low tech living options. The accessible home will comprise a stylish living room, studio, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, and will feature the latest innovations – appliances, cabinetry, ergonomically designed furniture, lighting and non-slip flooring.” Visual cues for those with vision impairment or dementia will also be on display.
Visitors to the centre will have a hands-on opportunity to try equipment within a real life environment and will be supported by our team of staff who will be available to offer impartial advice about what equipment options best suit their requirements.
The centre will also provide a central location for education and training programs and workshops. It has been developed by the team at Enable New Zealand, an organisation with over 40 years’ experience in providing services to the health and disability sector.
Enable New Zealand is the largest provider of support services across the health, rehabilitation and disability sector for the provision of equipment, housing and vehicle modifications.
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