7th April 2020
The DBI has been working with disabled people and their communities to develop a Disability Strategy and Action Plan (Rautaki Hauātanga me te Mahere Mahi) on behalf of the Southern District Health Board (SDHB). A draft of this Strategy was ready for a final round of consultation at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak. While unfortunately delayed, we look forward to returning to this work with the SDHB as soon as the COVID-19 situation improves. At that time, we will be asking for public feedback. There will of course be a range of different ways that you can have your say, and we will keep you posted about when this will happen.
20th March 2020
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the first cycle of monitoring on disabled people's access to housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. The report is almost complete, and we look forward to sharing it with you shortly. We are now working closely with families and close supporters of people with high and complex disabilities to learn about their housing experiences, and in coming weeks we will be launching the next cycle of monitoring on health and wellbeing - a fitting topic for the current global health crisis! Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved in the DBI's Disabled Person-Led Monitoring of the UNCRPD Project.
20 March 2020
We are excited to launch the Mean As! Project. People with learning disabilities have their own stories of relationships and sexuality to tell, but often don’t get the chance to tell them. In this “Mean As! Project eight adults with a learning disability had the opportunity to “speak back” to the way society has been taught to read their lives, by telling their own stories in their own way. These stories were shared with four researchers with learning disabilities, who were also given space to develop their own ways of listening, interpreting and responding to what they heard. To learn more about Mean As!, head to Projects.