The Being an Ally Campaign

Non-disabled people wanting to work as allies in the disability rights movement play a really important role that also brings many challenges: how to be an ally and how best to further the aims of a movement in which they do not have lived experience?


The role of allies is crucial. Ableist structures and practices, and disabling social forces are created and maintained by non-disabled people. The disability rights movement needs more non-disabled people working to challenge and dismantle these structures.


The profound social and economic changes needed to create non-disabling, fully accessible communities, and the costs to disabled people of living in a world that excludes, oppresses, discriminates and denies resources, call for urgent change. Like all social change, this will only be brought about by people power, including the power of well-informed, passionate, connected and influential allies.


At the same time the role of ally is limited in contributing to change making. Leadership in the movement is the leadership of disabled people. There are things that only disabled people can do or say. This can be emotionally challenging, and calls for courage, tactical nous, and a willingness to take a back seat, learn and be part of coalitions and collectives.


Imagine Better wants to help non-disabled allies by providing information and connection that supports people to become effective allies in the disability rights movement.


Over the next few months we are going to do this by:


  1. Sharing resources and information focussed on:

    1. What does it mean to be an ally?

    2. Non-disabled privilege

    3. Being a parent of a disabled person and being an ally

    4. The challenges of being an ally

    5. Making links with allies in other social movements

  2. Running conversations, interviews, and panels where disabled people can talk about what they expect and want from allies and for allies to talk with and support each other as they explore their roles and act for change.

Join us as we explore these themes!


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We will be adding new content below throughout the campaign, so check back often to keep up with the conversation.

  1. What does it mean to be an ally?

Click here for the video and transcript of the Being a Disability Ally panel discussion on Tuesday 2 March 2021.


Click on the link below to watch Karley Parker's interview about being an ally, ablesim and the Free Fares to Freedom campaign (YouTube video with closed camptions) or read the transcript here.




Read the blog post from disability ally Karley Parker 

Click here to read Karley's biography 


2. Being an ally and non-disabled privilege


Read the blog post from disability ally Alexia Black 

Click here to read Alexia's biography 


Read the blog post about 'why I want to work in the disability rights movement by Tony Paine

Click here to read Tony's biography


Read the blog post about 'what being a disability ally means to me' by Emily Tilley

Click here to read Emily's biography


3. Parents as disability allies

 Click here to watch the video of the 'Being a parent and a disability ally' panel discussion

Read the blog post by Bridget Sneddon about being a parent and a disability ally

Click here to read Bridget's biography



Read the blog post by Dr Carey-Ann Morrison about the being a disability ally campaign update

Click here to read Carey-Ann's biography


4. Allies from other movements

Watch the interview with Jen Margaret, about her alliance with Te Tiriti o Waitanga mahi

You can find more articles, links and blogs in the resources section below. We will be adding new uploads throughout the campaign so check back often.



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