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Disabled people focus on living in Wellington

14 December 2016
By Rachel Noble
detail from an illustration reflecting people's feedbackWellington is a great place to live in, and people are particularly nice and helpful, according to disabled Wellingtonians who gathered on the International Day of Disabled People on Saturday 3 December. The conversation focused on living in Wellington based on our experiences as disabled people. The Wellington Through Our Lens event was organised as part of Disability Pride Week in conjunction with the Wellington City Council Accessibility Advisory Group. Read Rachel Noble's blog about living in Wellington

You raise me up to more than I can be

8 December 2016
By Rachel Noble
Phil creates braille textThe windows of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision in Taranaki Street, Wellington took on a new life during Disability Pride Week.  On the outside, the words “You raise me up to more than I can be” can be felt in braille. Taped on the window, one person can be seen raising his hands while next to him, another person is seen signing the word “can”. This is where the literal translation of the words ends as the visual imagery takes over.Read Rachel Noble's blog

We must keep learning

6 December 2016
By Andrea Bates
Andrea BatesI was thinking through the Disability Pride Week themes of community, self-determination and dignity when I started reading a Twitter conversation Marama Fox was having about the New Zealand Geographic article called Why wasn’t I told? I strongly encourage reading this article by Kennedy Warne, not just because it is knowledge we should all have but also because some of the key themes in it are community, self-determination and dignity. Read Andrea Bates' blog

Tape art to tell a story of pride

25 November 2016
By Daniela Pavez
Abby Twiss in Deafinitely on the MoveTeam work, fun and new skills is what the tape art workshop  will bring to Disability Pride Week,  to be held from 27 November to 3 December  in Wellington. New Zealand tape artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby will lead a group of disabled participants to create a mural, using nothing but blue masking tape, scissors, cellophane and team work. Read more about tape art  

Get involved in Disability Pride Week

26 October 2016
By Rachel Noble
Rachel NobleDisability Pride Week from 27 November to 3 December is an opportunity for disabled people to come together, initially in Wellington and then around the country in 2017, to reflect upon and celebrate our identity as disabled people. Disability Pride seeks to change the way people think about and define disability, and to promote the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which disabled people can take pride. Read Rachel Noble's blog

It’s time for Disability Pride Week

25 October 2016
By Nick Ruane
Nick Ruane, para triathlete The word “pride” has never been a natural fit with disabled people in New Zealand. Disabled people have a history of isolation and exclusion. As a community, we’ve been separated from society; placed in institutions and locked away. The 1981 Telethon – not a high-water mark in the way television media represented disabled people – marked the first time we were seen on the small screen for an extended period of time. Read Nick Ruane's blog 







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