THE NEW NORMAL: An article in The Guardian newspaper examines Australia’s progress in encouraging, enabling and presenting disability-led performance. It includes comment from performers Bruce Gladwin, Phillips Channelles, Sarah Houbolt and Marc Brew. Read more
The New Zealand Disability Strategy
Making New Zealand a country where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else and where their aspirations can become a reality is the aim of the draft New Zealand Disability Strategy. But it will come to nothing without significant shifts in public attitude, say people living with disability in a feature article, A Matter of Attitude, by Bruce Munro from the Otago Daily News. Kiringaua Cassidy, 12, is a member of He Waka Kotuia, a kapa haka group based at Queen’s and King’s High Schools in South Dunedin. He loves performing. But sometimes, Kiri thinks he gets too much attention for the wrong reason. "I think I get too much attention being in a wheelchair doing this," he says. "I want others to just normalise me as an ordinary person doing kapa haka."
Overcoming “book famine” for blind readers
A “book famine” for blind and partially sighted people in New Zealand would come to an end if New Zealand ratified the United Nations’ Marrakesh Treaty, says Neil Jarvis from the Blind Foundation.In a RNZ interview, Neil says copyright laws prevent the sharing of Braille, audio and large-print books across borders. Read more
Video promotes chamber music for all
“What can we do that’s the easiest thing for us to all feel connected? Make some music together. So simple,” says community musician Julian Raphael in a video about Chamber Music New Zealand’s relaxed workshops and concerts for people with intellectual disability. Called Connecting Through Music, the video was produced by Arts Access Aotearoa with funding through the Ministry of Social Development’s Think Differently campaign. Read more