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World Report on Disability

The first ever world report on disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report, compiled from data from over 74 countries including New Zealand, gives an extensive picture of the lives of people with disabilities, their needs and unmet needs, and the barriers they face to participating fully in their societies. The report provides available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. To find out more about the World report on disability and its recommendations, to download a copy or to order a hard copy, visit the WHO website.

Down Under Mystery Tour

This is a 5-DVD educational resource pack from Dr Michael Noonan whose PhD explores disability comedy and new collaborative approaches to film authorship with people with intellectual disabilities. The DVD pack includes:
• A comedy feature film entitled Down Under Mystery Tour, starring and co-written by three men with intellectual disabilities
• A two-hour forum featuring five disability experts
• Laughing and the Disabled — The Making of a Mystery Tour — a documentary about the controversy leading up to and during the making of the film.
• Video excerpts to accompany lesson plans.
• Unlikely Travellers — an award-winning feature documentary from Dr Noonan.
• 300 pages of lesson plans, transcripts and articles.

All materials are fully captioned, the main feature has audio description and time-coded transcripts are included for all video materials. Organisations and individuals can purchase the 5-DVD educational pack, the single-disc version of the film or a special Library Bundle that includes full educational licence. For more information and to make a purchase visit the website.

New Zealand Dance and Disability Strategy

The New Zealand Dance and Disability Strategy – Would you like this dance?, launched on 4 December 2010 as part of the celebration for the International Day of Disabled People at Te Papa Tongarewa, is researched and written by Bronwyn Hayward, a mixed ability dancer. The strategy identifies areas, barriers and actions that a wide range of individuals and organisations can take part in to instigate change.
While the strategy is for dance, it provides a blueprint for how our environment can change in order that disabled people participate more fully in our society.
Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) is a proud partner in this strategy and many thanks go to its funder, SPARC.
For a copy click HERE. For further information contact Tania Kopytko, Executive Director, DANZ (T: 04 801 9885 E: ).

Like Minds, Like Mine

This is a quarterly newsletter supporting the programme to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and is an initiative of the Ministry of Health. It has features, articles, news and profiles and is available in hardcopy or electronic version.

To find out more information, receive this free subscription, or if you would like to contribute story ideas, contact Like Minds, Like Mine, Mental Health Foundation, PO Box 10051 Dominion Road, Auckland 1446 (T: 09 300 7010 E: W:

Copyright resources

The Copyright Council of New Zealand has clear and user-friendly copyright information, including copyright creators, owners and consumers. For an introduction to copyright in New Zealand click here. For copyright information specific to visual arts click here. An index of all its information sheets is available here.

Creative New Zealand's Protecting Creativity is an accessible summary of copyright, designs, patents, branding and further information. Download or read the guide here.

Artists Alliance considers copyright in a case study about ownership and the right to reproduce work.

Keeping it legal | e ai ki te ture

This online resource has been developed in response to a continuing need for all organisations, groups, trusts and societies to have simple, accurate information about their legal obligations.

Use the checklists to review different laws and how it can affect you. Read each topic to get information on those areas of the law you need to know more about. Create action plans that you can print or email to your colleagues.

New Zealanders and culture

How Important is Culture? New Zealanders’ views in 2008 is a report on research commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The report presents findings on the shift in New Zealanders’ attitudes on the relevance of culture and cultural activities between 1994 and 2008. The research’s key objective was to provide up-to-date information on the New Zealand public’s perception of the importance of culture and cultural activities. You can download the report here.



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