RNZFBRoyal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
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providing replacement equipment for RNZFB members whose equipment was damaged in the earthquake,
The research commissioned by the RNZFB gave an analysis of the incurred costs for 200 respondents.
The survey respondents were not a simple random sample of RNZFB members, with the working-age membership being over-sampled.
The survey data showed that an estimated 55% of RNZFB members used taxis for non-optional short-distance travel, while the authors, having reconsidered the raw survey data, estimate that 64% of RNZFB members use or would like to use taxi services.
It is important to note that the 200 survey respondents were not a simple random sample of the RNZFB membership, and that this means survey weightings must be used when analysing the data.
RNZFB has addressed the implications of these findings in objective 1.
The wider group was a random sample of 150 working-age RNZFB members, 79% of whom identified themselves as New Zealand European, 10% as New Zealand Maori, 4% as Pacific peoples and 7% as other, similar to the ethnic distribution of the New Zealand population as a whole.
Since the completion of this study, RNZFB has acquired support from the Ministry of Social Development to re-implement specialist placement services for their members, establish an additional vocational advisory position in Auckland and run a series of enhanced Job Club Programmes across the country (personal communication, Paul Barclay, RNZFB, June 26, 2005).
Although it appears that action is being implemented to remove barriers, both for disabled people in general by government and for vision-disabled people by RNZFB, progress on the success of these actions can only be judged in light of participation rates in the workforce by disabled people.
For the most part, the sample sizes represented the general age structure of age cohorts in New Zealand and in RNZFB registration statistics.
In the Manawatu region, there is a tightly knit community of RNZFB members who provide opportunities for social contact among members and allow for social comparisons, which may enhance life satisfaction.