Why Disability Pride Week
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 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."