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Disability Pride Week 2017

We invite you to be part of Disability Pride Week 2017. Register with us and we’ll send you resources and promote your event.

Disability Pride Week kaupapa

Your events should:

  • explore or demonstrate Disability Pride (disability identity)
  • have disabled people in a lead and/or partnership role in the planning and implementation of the event
  • project Disability Pride to the wider community
  • acknowledge members of the disability community who have gone (many of whom helped us to arrive at this point)
  • be fun and inclusive.

Disability Pride Week 2016

In 2016, Wellingtonians Nick Ruane and Rachel Noble created a pilot Disability Pride Week in Wellington. This was a great success with an opening event in Te Marae in Te Papa, tape art workshops, storytelling and a discussion about Wellington through the lens of its disabled citizens. There were numerous calls to repeat the event and to make it nationwide.

Taking part in the tape art workshops in 2016We are familiar with other pride movements, including LGBTQI, Māori and women, and the incredible strides made when people reject prejudice by demonstrating bold and proud affirmations of who they are.

Pride  overpowers prejudice. It is about  believing in ourselves, our worth and our value, harnessing this to counter the prejudice we experience. To create a culture of respect and human rights, we must first have pride in our own identity and humanity. Disability Pride Week is a step toward this.

Disability Pride Week is also about protecting and celebrating New Zealand’s taonga, past, present and future, by connecting our heritage and communities with national and international communities. It provides a catalyst for New Zealanders to nnovative become responsible global citizens for an accessible and inclusive society. The week is underpinned by the sharing knowledge and promotion of dialogue to foster mutual understanding. 

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