Attention Deaf Ākonga/learners in tertiary and vocational education:

The Ministry of Education has convened a collaborative group of disability and vocational education sector experts. The group is trying to help the Government understand more about the costs and barriers for disabled and Deaf learners to access the supports and equipment you need for tertiary study, especially for disabled and Deaf learners in apprenticeships and vocational education.

If you are currently studying, or have recently finished studying, in tertiary or vocational education, the collaborative group would like to invite you to complete a short survey about your experiences. The survey is in English and NZSL and is open until 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 3 August 2022. You can access it here:

The collaborative group is also looking for Deaf ākonga in tertiary and vocational education who are interested in participating in an online focus group next week (the week of 1-5 August). The focus group would involve discussing your experiences (including costs, barriers, and opportunities) of tertiary and vocational education. It would include no more than 10 people, including some other Deaf ākonga and a couple of people from the Ministry of Education. Exact details could be worked out with you, but it would be one to two hours, via Zoom. NZSL interpreters would be provided. If you would like to participate in the focus group, please email Jenni Barrett, policy analyst at the Ministry of Education, by Friday 29 July at:

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