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Donald Beasley

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

All of the art in this website has been gifted to us by artists working out of Studio2.

Studio2 is an Ōtepoti Dunedin based art studio and creative space used by artists with a learning disability to explore and express their creativity. Studio2 also operates the Margaret Freeman Gallery for artists to sell and share their work with the Dunedin community. To learn more about Studio2, click here.

Featured Projects

  • 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

Other Projects

Abuse in Care

The DBI is committed to supporting the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. In 2017, we completed a research project for the Human Rights Commission designed to highlight the abuse in care experienced by disabled people. Click here for the report Institutions are Places of Abuse.

Living away from home

At the request of the Disabled Children Project, the DBI explored the experiences of disabled young people living away from home under Sections 141 and 142 of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act (1989). This research was designed to feed into the Disabled Children: Voluntary Out-Of-Home Placement Review. Click here to learn more about what the young people who took part in the research had to say about the impacts of living away from home. Click here for the Easy Read version of the report.

Living in the Community

Recent IHC Foundation funded research details the experience of people with a learning disability who are living with very low levels of support, and tells us what they most value about their independence. Click here for the report From presence to belonging.

Health and Wellbeing

The DBI has a long history of undertaking health and wellbeing research. Most recently we completed research supported by Frozen Funds titled Women with learning disabilities and their experiences of breast and cervical screening in Aotearoa New Zealand. Click here for the report. For more on this research, and other health and wellbeing related projects go to our health and wellbeing publications page.

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