DPA Strategic Plan

The Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is a pan-disability disabled person’s organisation that works to realise an equitable society, where all disabled people (of all impairment types and including women, Māori, Pasifika, young people) are able to direct their own lives. DPA works to improve social indicators for disabled people and for disabled people be recognised as valued members of society. DPA and its members work with the wider disability community, other DPOs, government agencies, service providers, international disability organisations, and the public by:

• telling our stories and identifying systemic barriers
• developing and advocating for solutions
• celebrating innovation and good practice

We also work to help monitor the implementation of the UN Convention

Our rights as full citizens of New Zealand are outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention). It is important that the voice of disabled people is to the fore as the Convention is implemented.

DPA is part of a group of organisations that represent the views of disabled people called the NZ Convention Coalition Monitoring group. This group periodically interviews disabled people in New Zealand to hear their experiences as the Disability Convention is implemented.

The NZ Convention Coalition Monitoring group is part of a wider group that monitors how the government is implementing the Disability Convention, called the International Monitoring Mechanism.

This wider group includes the Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman as well as the NZ Convention Coalition Monitoring group.