Disabled commuters left in limbo

  • 17/07/2015
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Auckland's disabled community is furious about a proposal to scrap the city's only disability advisors.

The move is part of the council's plan to rejig its approach to local projects, but there's concern the voice for people living with disability will be lost.

Mary Schnackenberg is one who knows the ins and outs of living with disability in Auckland.

She was born completely blind and relies on disability-friendly infrastructure and services.

Auckland Council is proposing to introduce a new "empowered community" model, handing over some services like access and events to local boards.

Under the plan, 23 community development staff roles are on the line - including the city's only two disability advisors.

The move has concerned disability rights campaigners - some of whom have launched a Facebook page and petition to Mayor Len Brown.

There are concerns that the voices of those living with a disability will be ignored but Auckland Council says that won't be the case.

Auckland Council spokesperson Graham Bodman says the proposal is to create a wider team of people with knowledge and expertise around communities.

Consultation on the proposal ends today, with the council expected to announce its final decision at the end of the month.

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