Our Partners

We actively work alongside other organisations and individuals to identify common disability issues and solutions and to promote these jointly to decision-makers

DPA is open to discussing cooperative projects with all organisations and developing ways to work together.

We collaborate with other advocacy organisations as equal partners

We collaborate with a wide range of disabled persons organisations (DPOs), including:

  • Blind Citizens NZ
  • Deafblind NZ
  • People First NZ
  • Deaf Aotearoa
  • Kāpo Māori O Aotearoa
  • Balance NZ

The New Zealand Disability Strategy followed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has helped us find a confident collective voice.

And as we work together with government departments and politicians, to further the interests of disabled people, our voice is becoming strong, clear and consistent.

We collaborate with other disability organisations

These organisations include:

  • Education For All
  • Parent2parent
  • Disability Employment Forum
  • Standards and Monitoring Services
  • IHC Advocacy
  • National Network of Stopping Violence Services

For example: DPA works, with others, to support Education For All key messages around inclusive education. As a group we have successfully conveyed the message that inclusive education is good for all New Zealanders, not just disabled students. We are now engaging with other education sector organisations like the School Principals Federation, the School Trustees Association, and NZEI.

We share allegiance with others

These organisations include:

  • Association of Supported Employment (ASENZ)
  • NZ Disability Support Network (an umbrella organisation for providers)
  • Inclusive NZ
  • Hui E!
  • Workbridge

We are also affiliated with International Disability Organisations

DPA is a member of three international umbrella organisations - the Pacific Disability Forum, Disabled Persons International and Rehabilitation International. These organisations are at the heart of international disability developments, so we follow their work closely.

Disabled Persons International

Disabled Persons International (DPI) is the world's only cross-disability global disabled people's organisation.

Established in 1981 DPI's goal is to achieve full participation of all persons with disabilities in the mainstream of life, through promotion and protection of their human rights. DPI's focus is particularly on those in developing countries who have 80 percent of the world's one billion people with disabilities and 20 percent of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people.

The Pacific Disability Forum 

The Pacific Disability Forum acts as a body for disabled people's organisations across the Pacific. They run a wide range of programmes.

Rehabilitation International

Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI) is a worldwide network of people with disabilities, service providers, government agencies, academics, researchers and advocates working to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. With member organisations in over 100 countries and in all regions of the world, RI provides a forum for the exchange of experience and information on research and practice.


Blind Citizens NZ
Deafblind NZ
People First NZ
Deaf Aotearoa
Ngāti Kāpo O Aoteara
Balance NZ
Association of Supported Employment (ASENZ)
NZ Disability Support Network (an umbrella organisation for providers)
Parent2parent
Standards and Monitoring Services
IHC Advocacy
Hui E
Workbridge
Inclusive NZ
Disabled Persons International
The Pacific Disability Forum
Rehabilitation International