Child and youth voice research findings

What Makes a Good Life for Disabled Children and Young People?

AUTHOR: Office of the Children's Commissioner

This report captures feedback from nearly 500 disabled children and young people (from surveys and interviews undertaken as part of the What Makes a Good Life?: Children and Young People’s views on wellbeing series of interviews in 2018).

Key insights about what a good life means and what gets in the way for children and young people with disabilities include:

  • Acceptance: Discrimination is widely experienced by disabled children and young people
  • Accessibility: A lack of accessibility gets in the way of the good life
  • Sence of safety: Unique for all of us
  • Education: To work better for us, be flexible and supportive
  • Employment: Job opportunities and being supported is important to us
  • Whānau: We want support from, and for, friends, families, whānau and communities

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