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Ātea - Disability 101 - Dunedin - 15 October 2024

Tuesday 15 October - arrive at 9:00am for a 9:30am start with a 3:30pm finish.

Ātea is an exciting training programme led by disabled people that aims to increase participants' awareness of attitudes towards disabled people, and how to reduce barriers so that everyone can participate fully in society.

Developed by the Te Pou Disability Workforce Development Team, the content is relevant to anyone who interacts with disabled people in their work or personal life.

“The way the workshop was delivered and designed provide a safe space for discovery, questioning, sharing, and learning.”

“I think it is a great workshop because it is something you do not really think about. For myself, I kind of just assumed that everyone could do what I can do. That is something I became more aware of after the workshop, it is just being more aware of the small things.”

Feedback shows participants have found the content interesting and engaging. We look forward to meeting you soon.

The workshop is interactive with most topics involving small group activities and discussions. There will be scheduled breaks.

Given the nature of the workshop, participants will be limited to 20 people.

Learning outcomes

  • Engaging respectfully with disabled people
  • Recognising barriers that stop disabled people from being included
  • Recognising ways to include disabled people
  • Making a plan so we can include disabled people

The workshop is free for Disability Support Services which hold a contract with Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People. Other individuals and organisations who are interested in attending are welcome to get in touch as we also offer Ātea on a cost-recovery basis.

If you are interested in registering your attendance, please contact Rebecca Merrington at


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