Our Projects

We conduct research and projects on a wide range of disability-related topics and issues. See our project portfolios for more information.

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Our research and projects are presented in a range of ways, including reports, articles, book chapters, and other resources. See our publications here.

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About Us

We are a team of experienced and emerging disability researchers. We are committed to supporting the development and capacity of disabled researchers, and to responsive and inclusive research approaches.

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Benchmark provides evidence-based guidelines, case law, and other relevant resources to assist legal professionals working with people in the NZ legal system who may be vulnerable. Intended to increase access to justice, Benchmark is a collaborative and ongoing project.

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About Donald Beasley Institute

Leaders in the field of Disability Research

We acknowledge and thank the wide range of funders that support our work.
Learn more about our research and projects.

Our Work

Featured Projects

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  • Abstract artwork - Reimagining parenting

    Tell Me About You

  • Jonathan Smit - abstract artwork in thumbnail size

    Re-imagining parenting: Upholding Article 23 of the UNCRPD for mothers and fathers with a learning disability

  • Eve McCoy - Painting of hands together.

    Disabled Person-Led Monitoring of the UNCRPD

  • Mixed media artwork - thumbnail size

    Mean As!

  • Nikki Kubala neurodisability artwork in thumbnail size

    Access to Justice

  • Sasha Wells abstract artwork titled Developing in thumbnail size

    Social Inclusion, Citizenship and Belonging


Gerald Smith - Abstract Paint Splashes
30 July 2021

Disability Strategy and Action Plan: Rautaki Hauātanga me te Mahere Mahi has been launched!

We are excited to announce that a Disability Strategy and Action Plan: Rautaki Hauātanga me te Mahere Mahi was launched the by Southern District Health Board (SDHB) in May 2021.

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Gerald Smith - Abstract Paint Splashes
20 March 2020

UNCRPD Monitoring Update and Mean As! Projects

Our UNCRPD report on disabled access to housing in Aotearoa NZ is almost complete and we look forward to sharing it with you shortly. We also have the “Mean As! Project where people with learning disabilities tell their own stories of relationships and sexuality.

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