Welcome

Think Differently was a social change campaign to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people. It was about focusing on what people can do rather than what they can’t. We did this through partnering with disabled people’s organisations, and linking up with employers, educators, businesses, families, whānau, and influencers. The campaign was run by the Ministry of Social Development for five years to mid-2015, though some projects ended after that.

“I feel welcomed by my community. I feel respected for my views and my contribution is received on an equal basis with others.”

Disability Action Plan 2014–2018
Making a Difference Fund
Upper Hutt City Council
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Welcome

Think Differently was a social change campaign to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people. It was about focusing on what people can do rather than what they can’t. We did this through partnering with disabled people’s organisations, and linking up with employers, educators, businesses, families, whānau, and influencers. The campaign was run by the Ministry of Social Development for five years to mid-2015, though some projects ended after that.

“I feel welcomed by my community. I feel respected for my views and my contribution is received on an equal basis with others.”

Disability Action Plan 2014–2018
News

Think Differently National Partnerships 2014-15

A brief description of the national partner projects funded through Think Differently with web links where available.

 

2014 Year in Review

The 2014 Year in Review is now available for downloading in PDF and word.docx  and word.doc formats.

Colourful show pushes boundaries

A brand new show took audiences on a colourful journey through Te Manawa Museum. Read more.

New play wakes up Wellington

Wake Up Tomorrow received a standing ovation on opening night at Circa Theatre in Wellington. Read more.

What leads to the social exclusion of disabled people?

Understanding the factors that lead to social exclusion of disabled people, a literature review by Synergia Ltd, is available for downloading.

First aid training that’s life-saving and life-changing

A group of blind Maori people take part in the 20th St John first aid course to build confidence and teach the skills to save lives.

Gaming life - thinking differently about our stories

Three Dunedin boys use their imagination and love of gaming to change the world! Read more.

A resource for faith communities

A booklet aims to get Christians thinking about how their churches could be more welcoming for disabled people.

More welcoming towns for Thames Coromandel

Towns in the Thames Coromandel region may have a more accessible future, with new audits for Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata.

Thinking differently about getting around

A new video helps airline ground crew, taxi and bus drivers give more passengers a smoother ride - with tips on helping blind, vision-impaired and deaf/blind passengers travel by bus, taxi or plane. 

Would you like your fries with your poetry?
Canterbury Awareness is holding a Mad Hatter's night to celebrate all the mad talent in the community.

Thinking differently about blokes and sheds

Making magic in Paraparaumu!

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