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Disability Pride Week is back for 2019!

Kia ora,
We are excited to bring you up to speed for Disability Pride Week 2019!

When: Monday 16 September till Sunday 22 Sept
where: Across Aotearoa New Zealand
Theme: Setting the agenda

We are setting the agenda, showcasing our creativity, proud of ourselves and our communities.

Want to get involved?
Email us (contact@disabilityprideaotearoa.nz) if you or your organisation want to help organise an event. We have events in the works for Auckland and Wellington and will get info out so you can sign up as soon as we can.

What's it all about?
We want to live in an Aotearoa New Zealand where we as disabled people can be proud of ourselves and our country. We want to live in an inclusive, caring and just place where we are visible and represented on our own terms, and where disability is considered a valuable part of diversity.

But currently, disabled students and parents still have to fight for real inclusion at school. Three in four unemployed disabled people want to work. And too often, disabled people are portrayed narrowly as inspirational or pitiable in media representations, though the visibility of disabled journalists and writers is increasing.

For the last three years now, Disability Pride week has been a vehicle to shift those conversations. It's a chance to focus on valuing, celebrating and being proud of us as disabled people and what we have to offer. It's also an opportunity for non-disabled allies to organise events and celebrate with us.

With the local elections fast approaching, the 2019 Disability Pride Week theme is "setting the agenda."
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Helen Wilden has made the front page of the Kapiti News! Her artwork, entitled "Stuck in Poverty", has made the top 100 artworks in the IHC Art Awards.
Her work will be on display with the top 100 at the Arts on High gallery in Lower Hutt.
Congratulations to you, Helen!
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