NONE of them have made clear commitments that I have asked for
Just because a party does not write something in detail into its policy platform before an election doesn't mean they won't do something about it once elected. Getting back in touch once they're in office is a good idea.
Disabled people and our supporters need to be able to deliver a smart coherent campaign before we can leverage public support like some other movements do before elections. Sadly we do not seem ready for that option yet, despite our numbers.
need to be able to deliver a smart coherent campaign before we can leverage public support
It used to be that the 'average' Kiwi had little to do with disability in its many and varied forms.
But it seems these days just about every person we speak to on our travels has, has a family member with, or has a friend whoes kid has, a disability.
The inequities between ACC and MOH are known, and the poor supports for kids on the Autisitc Sectrum in education are a constant topic of conversation.
As you say Sacha...clear and coherent messages about what it would take to lessen the disabling effects of impairment are needed....but I believe that not a lot of 'leverage' will be required to get mainstream NZ on side.
It requires political smarts and leadership, not just messages. We lack those so far.