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Bronwyn Hayward holds a sign with blue letters saying Disability Pride


Disability Pride Week 2019


When: Monday 16 September - Sunday 22 September 2019

Where: across Aotearoa New Zealand

Theme: Setting the Agenda  

We are setting the agenda, showcasing our creativity and feeling proud of ourselves and our communities.

Why Disability Pride Week

We want to live in an Aotearoa New Zealand where we as disabled people can be proud of ourselves and our country. We want to live in an inclusive, caring and just place where we are visible and represented on our own terms, and where disability is considered a valuable part of diversity. 

But currently, disabled students and parents still have to fight for real inclusion at school. Three in four unemployed disabled people want to work. And too often, disabled people are portrayed narrowly as inspirational or pitiable in media representations, though the visibility of disabled journalists and writers is increasing.

For the last three years now, Disability Pride week has been a vehicle to shift those conversations. It's a chance to focus on valuing, celebrating and being proud of us as disabled people and what we have to offer. It's also an opportunity for non-disabled allies to organise events and celebrate with us.

With the local elections fast approaching, the 2019 Disability Pride Week theme is "setting the agenda." 


Our Vision

Our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be a place where we as disabled people feel proud of ourselves and our country.

Disability Pride Week is a national event that   celebrates our common humanity. Here, disabled people share our stories and creativity through a range of activities to show that we are also citizens. Disabled people make up 25 percent (1.1 million) of the New Zealand population.

"We are New Zealand’s largest minority group and its time to claim our place in society – one where we are included, visible and valued."- Disability Pride Week co-founder Nick Ruane with Rachel Noble.




Tape art, Ngao Taonga Sound & VisionTAPE ART: One of the tape art murals on the walls of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Mayor Justin Lester and Nick RuaneMAYOR'S AMBITION: Mayor Justin Lester and Disability Pride Week co-convenor Noick Ruane. 

Erin Gough and Paula Tesoriero at Disability Pride Day on 3 DecemberDISABILITY RIGHTS: Erin Gough and Paula Tesoriero celebrate the Disability Pride Week in Wellington on 3 December.

Trish Harris reads during the Drip the Lit events in WellingtonPOETRY READING: Trish Harris reads during the Crip the Lit event in Wellington


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