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Donald Beasley Institute

Established in Dunedin in 1984 the DBI is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of disability research, with particular expertise in learning (intellectual) disability. We are committed to ethical, inclusive and transformative research and projects that promote the rights of disabled people.

Our Aim

The DBI aims to advance the rights of disabled people, with a particular focus on people with learning disabilities, through research, monitoring, evaluation, education and other projects that seek to: 

  • Understand the lived experiences of disabled people, recognising cultural diversity, gender, age, and other intersecting identities;
  • Generate inclusive and accessible evidence-based research that can be used to inform the development and delivery of responsive support and the progressive realisation of the UNCRPD;
  • Deliver transformative research and evaluation meaningful to disabled people, families and disability services;
  • Build research capacity of disabled researchers through collaboration with disabled people, DPOs, and the disability sector;
  • Disseminate accessible and evidence-based research and education.

Relationships

The DBI has strong links with Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), disabled people, and the disability community, and takes active steps to develop and maintain these relationships. An exciting current initiative is the development of a disabled research team that is undertaking monitoring research aimed to contribute to the progressive realisation of the UNCRPD. These on-going associations ensure that research undertaken by the DBI reflects relevant and critical issues.

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