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The National Post-Secondary Education Disability Network Incorporated.

Welcome to Achieve


Achieve is a national network established to ensure equal opportunity and access to post-secondary education and training for people with impairments.

Todd Foundation Grant 2015

ACHIEVE is grateful to the Todd Foundation for continuing with financial support through 2015. It will allow ACHIEVE to continue with existing research and explore new projects.

Ako Aotearoa co-funding Alternative Assessment Arrangements Research

ACHIEVE is delighted to announce Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence has agreed to co-fund the Alternative Assessment Arrangements research project undertaken by Dr Martha Bell in 2014. The complete report is with Ako Aotearoa for peer review, and will be available on both the ACHIEVE and Ako Aotearoa websites upon completion of the review.

Become a Member of ACHIEVE

  • ACHIEVE welcomes new members. To become a member, please email for a membership form.
  • Holiday Closure

    Many thanks for your support during 2014. The ACHIEVE office will be closed from 17 December, reopening on 2 February 2015. We wish you safe and happy holidays.

    President's Report 2014

    Welcome to the 2014 Annual General Meeting. It seems like no time at all since we were holding our last AGM in Dunedin, while also hosting our Professional Development Conference. It was during this time that we sadly had to announce that Donna-Rose McKay had passed away.

    ACHIEVE 2014 Annual General Meeting

    on Friday 7 November 2014 10:30am – 12 noon
    at Unitec, Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland
    (enter via Gate 4) Building 76 room 1084

    AGM to be followed by Guest Speaker Dr Martha Bell:

    More work to be done by New Zealand to fully realise the rights of the disabled

    The New Zealand Human Rights Commission noted data, accessibility, building a people-driven system, violence and abuse, and education as key areas where New Zealand is falling down on realising the rights of the disabled under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to which New Zealand is a signatory.

    The commission made its submission on 15 September 2014 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

    Full details:

    ACHIEVE 2014 RESEARCH PROJECT - National Survey of Alternative Arrangements Policy in Tertiary Education

    ACHIEVE 2014 RESEARCH PROJECT - National Survey of Alternative Arrangements Policy in Tertiary Education with Reference to International Policy for ACHIEVE

    In June 2013 ACHIEVE conducted a survey of 13 tertiary institutions from throughout NZ to compare extra time allowance for exams and tests within NZ tertiary institutions. Results from that initial survey found there are inconsistencies in alternative arrangements offered. It was agreed that further analysis and research should be undertaken.

    Donna-Rose McKay Memorial Lecture

    Te mana o uenuku:
    The critic and conscience of an increasingly diverse society
    Paul Gibson
    Disability Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Commission

    The University of Otago Disability Information and Support And College of Education welcome you to a lecture in honour and memory of Donna-Rose McKay, Head of Service, Disability Information and Support.

    THURSDAY 29 MAY 2014 | 6.00PM
    Corner of Cumberland and St David Streets
    University of Otago | Dunedin

    The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.

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