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Hearing loss and your rights

The Foundation works with many groups and individuals to highlight the issues and inequities facing the deaf and hard of hearing community. 

If you would like to discuss an issue in confidence, please feel free to contact us.

See also:
Our human rights action
Bullying and Bullying prevention workshops

Further reading:
Bullying

Your right to hear

If you need a hearing aid but can’t afford it, your predicament is not just unfortunate, it’s a breach of your rights – in this case, your right to hear via assistive technology, and therefore to participate and communicate.

Or, if a child is finding it hard to hear at school, it’s important to know that the school has an obligation to provide appropriate conditions for them to learn. That could include effective soundproofing hearing equipment and other assistance.

These rights are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. New Zealand is a signatory, along with over 150 other countries.

How to make a complaint

If you are facing discrimination at work, at school or elsewhere, you need to know what steps to take.

Your human rights and how to make a complaint - a guide for disabled people and their families.
Download this booklet from the NZ Human Rights Commission.

It is also available in Word and Easy Read and as a Sign Language video