Disability Awareness Sunday – 16th June 2019

In New Zealand, Disability Awareness Sunday (DAS) is observed on the third Sunday in June.

It is an opportunity to be intentional about disability awareness but it’s not just about raising awareness. It’s also about celebrating and encouraging people with disabilities in their gifts and ministries.

Often people haven’t had the opportunity to get to know a person living with a disability so it can be difficult to understand or be aware of what life with a disability can be like. We find that the best way to gain a better understanding is to hear from people with disability themselves! Is there someone in your church who has a disability that would be willing to speak in church? If not there are some amazing speakers we could recommend. Sometimes it’s not always practical to have a visiting speaker or you might live in an area where someone isn’t available. That’s way we are creating a collection of stories on film, so you can download and play these in your church, small group, youth group, kids programme or wherever!

Below are some resources we are pleased to have freely available for you to use. Our videos are over in our resource section. Click here to have a look.

DAS Video – She’s Just Like Me 

She’s Just Like Me from Elevate on Vimeo.

Created to mark Disability Awareness Sunday in New Zealand this video highlights that regardless of our ability we are all human. We all have hopes and dreams. We all need people we connect with.

To download the video or to view in full screen, click on the vimeo icon at the bottom of the video.



Links to other resources 

Joni and Friends TV Episodes Online

Irresistible Church

NZCN Note on Disability and the Church


For further information and suggestions about DAS scroll down to the booklet below or contact Kirsty Anderson our Community and Partnership Coordinator.


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