5 Dec 2013

Report finds bullying of young disabled people

11:16 am on 5 December 2013

A report on young people with disabilities has found they have problems with bullying and isolation.

Research involving 27 disabled people aged from 16 to 25 was done by the Convention Coalition, which is made up of several disability organisations.

Chair Mary Schnackenberg, says some people were bullied or intimidated at times at school, while others found teacher aides either smothering or uplifting. Other problems that came up were finding appropriate housing and adequate public transport.

She says some of those surveyed are at school or in tertiary studies, while others attend day groups, or have jobs.

The office of Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia says some of the issues raised will be addressed by Government agencies already working on a disability strategy.