Disability Pride Week 2017 calls for events
MEDIA RELEASE: Disability Pride Aotearoa
16 October 2017
Disability Pride Week 2017 is happening around New Zealand from 30 November to 5 December 2017. The organisers are calling for disabled people, organisations and community groups to register their events.
Disability Pride Week is about bringing disabled people together to celebrate their common humanity through a variety of activities, and sharing our stories and our creativity, say co-convenors Rachel Noble and Nick Ruane.
“Our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be a place where we as disabled people feel proud of ourselves and our country. We welcome and invite you to be part of the week.”
Disability Pride Week incorporates the UN International Day for Disabled People on 3 December. The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and to mobilise support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of disabled people.
The kaupapa for the week is that all the events will:
- explore or demonstrate Disability Pride (disability identity)
- have disabled people in a lead and/or partnership role in the planning and implementation of the event
- project Disability Pride to the wider community
- acknowledge members of the disability community who have gone (many of whom helped us to arrive at this point)
- be fun and inclusive.
This is part of a growing collective of Disability Pride events around the world.