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Human Rights in Time of Crisis

26 Sept 2021

Kia ora koutou

Ko Taku Reo is pleased to join with communities all over the world to celebrate International Week of the Deaf and this year’s theme of Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities.

In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), we are committed to keeping our communities informed through accessible media. We see this as a foundation of student success.

Communication is an essential part of a thriving community that is well connected and is there for each other, especially in times of crisis.

The current COIVD-19 lockdowns have seen staff quickly identify students who do not have computers at home and courier devices to them. We have then been able to keep students connected with their friends and learning community.

As a national school, our diverse staff are located all over the country. Keeping everyone in the loop during a crisis is very much possible with the advantages of technology.

We are developing the use of an accessible emergency text system to contact staff working with our tamariki in case of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and other unforeseen events. We have successfully used the communication system for the Canterbury floods earlier this year and we are rolling out the approach to staff nationwide.

Happy International Week of the Deaf