Disabled Peoples' Experiences of Covid-19 video launch
This year the International Day of Disabled Persons theme centred on "Building Back Better" from the Covid-19 pandemic that has had a significant impact on our community.
To mark the day, the DPO Coalition launched a "Disability and Covid-19" video series to highlight the strength of our disabled community, and the ongoing fight for our rights to be upheld.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all New Zealanders, but it hasn’t impacted everyone equally.
Our disabled and Māori communities have borne the brunt of this pandemic, experiencing major challenges to accessing essential services, and significant struggles during the nationwide lockdowns. However, disabled people have also pulled together to ensure our communities are kept safe, and our people have what they need to get by.
The accessible six part video series showcases the stories of disabled community members across Aotearoa, exploring their experiences of the pandemic during Alert Levels 3 and 4.
From making sure they could get kai for their whānau to getting essential help to those who need it most - we hear from disabled kiwis in their own words so that we can ensure a more accessible future for our whole team of 5 million.
This series is brought to you by the DPO Coalition, with funding from the Office for Disability Issues, and proudly produced by Activate Agency.
The DPO Coalition acknowledges the contribution of all disability sector organisations to make sure that the wellbeing of, informational needs, and support for disabled people was monitored and improved upon throughout the impact of COVID-19.
Watch the first episode
Transcript - English (PDF)
Transcript - English (Word document)
Transcript - te reo Māori (PDF)
Transcript - te reo Māori (Word document)
Accessible Transcript (English for ScreenReaders)
Plain English Episode summary (Word document)
Plain English Episode summary (PDF)