Spreading the word

Chris Ford at the Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings yesterday. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Chris Ford at the Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings yesterday. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Sign language interpreter Bridget Brown. Mayor Dave Cull is in the background.
Sign language interpreter Bridget Brown. Mayor Dave Cull is in the background.

Sign language interpreter Bridget Brown interpreted the words of Disabled Persons' Assembly kaituitui (those who weave together threads of knowledge) Chris Ford at the Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings yesterday.

Ms Brown was hired for the meeting for the first time, after councillors resolved at previous meetings to deal with accessibility issues. She interpreted as the assembly gave its submission.

In the submission, Mr Ford called on the council to fully involve disabled people and their whanau in the design of programmes and policies which would have an impact on them.

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