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

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.

Todd Foundation Grant 2014 and 2015

A grant of $12,000 per year for 2014 and 2015 has been received from the Todd Foundation. This is fantastic news for ACHIEVE, and will enable them to continue with current and ongoing projects. Thank you Todd Foundation Trustees and Staff.

President's Report 2013

The following report was presented at the ACHIEVE 2013 AGM and Professional Development Conference hosted in Dunedin on 9 December 2013:


The ACHIEVE AGM will be held during the ACHIEVE 2013 Professional Development Conference at 3.30pm on Monday 9 December at the Mark Parker Seminar Room, University College, Dunedin. For further information, please email

ACHIEVE Professional Development Conference December 2013

ACHIEVE is looking forward to hosting a professional development conference at University College in Dunedin on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 December 2013. You can choose to attend the full conference, or individual workshops, as follows:

Full conference includes all three workshops together with conference dinner on the Monday evening. The full fee for this is $200 per person.

If you would prefer to attend one or more workshop(s), individual prices are listed below:

 SafeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone
Monday 9 December 11:00am – 3:00pm

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