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Calls for a NZ Centre of Research in Disability Studies

Human Rights Commission calls for a NZ Centre of Research Excellence and Chair in Disability Studies

A lecture in honour of the late disability rights champion Donna-Rose McKay was given by Paul Gibson, Human Rights Commissioner with responsibility for Disability Rights at Otago University this evening.

“Donna Rose was a woman who was determined to be herself no matter what. A pioneer and a visionary she embarked on her academic career at Otago University so it is fitting that we gather here in her honour,” said Mr Gibson.

“Throughout her life Donna Rose broke new ground, challenged discrimination and held decision makers accountable: in doing so she paved the way forward for future generations of disabled New Zealanders.”

Mr Gibson says New Zealand needs a Centre of Research Excellence and a Chair in Disability Studies.

“We need a place where disability rights, research and excellence are focused upon, celebrated and studied. Disability studies needs a place to call home,” said Mr Gibson.

“Achieving Donna Rose’s vision of a fully inclusive, diverse society is one we all have a role to play in: nothing about us, without us.”

ENDS

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