Full Participation means everyone is included.

Alt Text – Facilitators Abdulla and Sonia, standing with Anjam from Inclusive Aotearoa at the Waikato hui. 

What: The Inclusive Faith Project is a co-designed strategy with the objective of full participation of disabled persons in the life and practice of their faith communities for mutual benefit of all.

How: Conversations, including a series of regional gatherings have created kōrero between disabled people of faith and faith influencers & leaders so obstacles can be identified and overcome.

Deliverables: Practical outcomes of this initiative will include resources and further engagement wherever a disabled person of faith lives. The implementation phases, over a couple of years, will expand the conversation and equip faith communities for real systemic change.

Partners: The NZ Human Rights Commission, Inclusive Aotearoa Collective, NZ’s Religious Diversity Centre, Yes Disability, Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People and others are partnering nationally and locally in this multi-sector multi-faith initiative.

Why: Empathy, respect, justice, social enrichment and cohesion are worth the effort. Our many and diverse abilities and lived experiences are to be recognised and celebrated.

Alt. Text – A group of people sitting in a circle during a co-design hui, with a service dog patiently waiting nearby.

Text says, “It is society that disables us, not our impairments. Why design a world in which we assume that everyone is the same? Together we complement each other’s perspectives. It’s good to be different.” 

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