Imagine Better provides resources that help disabled people, their whānau, and their allies, take action for a more accessible, fair, and inclusive world. We want to help build a powerful, passionate, growing, well-resourced and effective disability rights and justice movement.

We do this through research and evaluation, training, advocacy, and providing creative tools, resources and evidence of what works for people who want to be part of social change making. This has a focus on action at:

• an individual/family level - helping yourself or loved one get a good life, attend local school, find work, be treated fairly etc.; and

• a community/social/political level – working for attitudinal change, policy change, and to shift the dial on structural disabling forces like poverty, unemployment, poor transport, inadequate housing, abuse and violence, exclusion etc.

Imagine Better has been operating since 2001 and is governed and staffed by people with lived experience of disability, family members and our allies. Imagine Better receives no government funding and is not involved in any direct service delivery.

Our manifesto

Imagine Better’s work is guided by our manifesto Read more

Our Vision

Aotearoa New Zealand is a place where disabled people are visible, respected and valued in all areas of society. Disabled people live with dignity in accessible and safe homes, can access inclusive education and have employment options that ensure lives free from poverty. Read more

Imagine Better’s goals and advocacy priorities

Sharing positive stories and visions for inclusion, equality and justice. Helping to lift the numbers of disabled people in positive income, employment, housing, health, and community participation outcomes. Addressing the causes and disabling impacts of the persistent fiscal poverty experienced by disabled people, including:

• not enough accessible houses and lack of real homes

• schools not offering well-resourced genuinely inclusive education

• unemployment, below minimum wages and the grim struggles of life below the poverty line

• families struggling to care for disabled loved ones with limited support, services, or choices

• an inequitable welfare system based on the idea that disability is a deficit and welfare is temporary, transitional and negative.

Exposing the ways disabled people and disability are ignored, excluded and pathologised, especially by policy-makers, planners and other decision-makers, ‘experts’, the health, education and justice systems, the media, community leaders, and activists in other social rights and justice movements. Growing activism and the disability rights and justice movement:

• helping the movement better understand social change and what effective political and social action looks like in the 2020s

• sharing opportunities to get involved in, and the history, stories, and successes of, disability activism

• inspiring more disabled people, their families and other non-disabled allies to help change the conversations, overcome the barriers to working for change and get involved in activism, advocacy and change-making.

More Information

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