Disability Pride Week

It really is happening, and there is still time for you to be involved. Join the conversation on Facebook too as we build up to a great week. To quote Robert Martin, New Zealand’s member on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “It’s really important to have pride in your disability, no one can give it to you, it is something you can give yourself”.

Robert talks more about disability pride here

Events
As posted at the time of going to print, we are thrilled to see a mixture of events which are evident of a partnership in action or disability led. There’s still time to organise your own event or to create your own message to share. We are aware of several other events still in the planning stage. Hopefully these events will inspire you too.

AUCKLAND
Circus, dance, arts & more
Friday 30 November , 10am – 7pm Circability Central, 203 – 271 Victoria St West. Circability, Dance & Arts Therapy NZ, Hohepa, Phab and Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre have joined forces to bring you a HUGE day of creativity and fun in celebration of Disability Pride Day. More here

Disability Pride Hui
Saturday 1 December, 12.45 – 3.20pm Blind Foundation Recreation Centre 545 Parnell Road Auckland. What does disability pride mean to you? How could disability pride events help to mobilise support for the dignity and wellbeing of people with disabilities? Join us to discuss these questions and more

WELLINGTON
Disability Pride Week Film Night
Tuesday 27 November, 5pm at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Watch a variety of short films reflecting disability pride, meet the actors and film makers, hear them speak during the panel following the films and meet them during supper. Buy your tickets here

Disability Pride Rally: Claiming our Place
Wednesday 28 November, 12.30 – 2.00pm at Parliament Grounds. More information here

Our Voices: Loud and Proud
Thursday 29 November, 12.30 – 4.30pm, Level 8, 44 The Terrace, Wellington. Join the Human Rights Commission and the team from Where to From Here to explore how we can enhance the voice of disabled people and allies calling for better outcomes for disabled New Zealanders. Register here

On Display
Monday 3 December, 12.30 – 1.30pm Midlands Park. Wellington Integrated Dance and Touch Compass. Deconstructed Dance by Heidi Latsky of New York.  More information here

Disability Pride Week School Kit
Celebrating Disability Pride in schools is important, so Disabled children and young people can feel proud of their identity and valued by others. It also helps all children and young people to learn more about the disability community, their history, and pride in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Attached is an invitation to schools to participate in  a one-hour lesson which can be taught anytime.
Please register for resources by emailing contact@disabilityprideaotearoa.nz

What you can do for Disability Pride Week
It has been great to see some conversations starting and people putting their hands up to lead an event for Disability Pride Week.
Remember you can be part of it by setting up an event or showcasing something that:

  • Explores and projects Disability Pride
  • Has Disabled people taking a leading voice and a lead and/or partnership role in the planning and development of the event or activity
  • Acknowledge members of the Disability community who have gone (many of whom helped break down barriers to help us get to where where we are today)
  • Is fun and inclusive

Let us know what you are doing so we can promote it too.

Get involved
We invite you to be part of it. How? By setting up an event or showcasing something that:

  • Explores and projects Disability Pride
  • Has Disabled taking a leading voice and a lead and/or partnership role in the planning and development of the event or activity being showcased
  • Acknowledge members of the Disability community who have gone (many of whom helped us to arrive to where we are today)
  • Is fun and inclusive

What is Disability Pride Week?
Disability Pride Week is an international annual event that promotes visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities within their community.

This is the third year Disability Pride Week has been hosted in New Zealand to promote inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability.

Let’s build on that. Start thinking, connect with others, and see what you can do to promote and demonstrate disability pride in your community.

 

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