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DPA's Information Exchange - 11 September 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

Disabled Students Aotearoa survey

Currently, there is no national student-led body speaking to the systemic issues facing disabled students in the tertiary sector.

Disabled students are working on the development of Disabled Students Aotearoa, a national disabled students association. This kaupapa has been supported by DPA and the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations (NZUSA).

A survey has been set up to provide critical information about what the community may want from an organisation like this. It will also be presented to potential donors to the organisation.

If you identify as a member of the disabled community (or are the full-time carer of a disabled person), and have some interest in the tertiary sector please fill this out! Current students, prospective students, past students, post grad students, and staff are all invited to take part. 

Salient Disability Issue

This month's Salient, the magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association, was co-edited for the first time by the Disabled Students Association VUW (formally CanDo at Vic). Read the Salient Disability Issue.


Dunedin Disability Issues Election Forum - new date 

The Dunedin Disability Issues General Election Forum was postponed due to the change in Covid Alert Levels. It will now be held on September 29.

When: 29 September,  6-8.30 pm (new confirmed date)
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Rooms, 458 Hillside Road, South Dunedin

Representatives from all of the main parties will be present. Chair/MC: John Marrable, Disability Information Service.

New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be present. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the forum.

If the Covid-19 Alert Level is at Level 2 or above, this forum will be held online via Zoom

Enquiries to Chris Ford at 027 696 0872 (including text), email:

This forum has been organised by: DPA, Disability Information Service, People First, Otago Deaf Society and Blind Citizens New Zealand Otago Network.

DPA is also involved in the organisation of upcoming election forums in Christchurch (19 September) and Wellington (1 October). The Wellington forum will also be live-streamed. For more details visit our website


Dementia rights are human rights - webinar

September is World Alzheimers Month and Alzheimers New Zealand are hosting a series of three free webinars focused on dementia and human rights.

This first webinar is on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 1-2pm and will provide an overview of human rights issues for people living with dementia.

The speakers are:
Alister Robertson - Person living with dementia, Board Member of Alzheimers NZ and Vice Chair of Dementia Alliance International; 
Paula Tesoriero - Disability Rights Commissioner;
Dr Ngaire Kerse - Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, Researcher, appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to seniors and health in 2020.

The second webinar will discuss the impact of Covid-19 and the final webinar will explore opportunities for supporting the human rights of people living with dementia.

Attendance is free - please register online. You will be emailed a link to access the live webinar. There will an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each webinar, and certificates of attendance can be provided on request.

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