The pressure to conform

I went to a wedding of a family friend the other day.  I don’t really have any regular contact with this person – I only see them once every few years at family gatherings – so I was a little surprised to be invited.  However, I thought it was nice to be considered as weddings…


Nikki’s Natter – What does “bravery” mean to you?

Nikki Frittmann is a notetaker and reader/writer for students with disabilities at AUT University.  She has Spina Bifida and lives in Auckland with her husband and two cats.  Every second month she shares her musings with DPSN. Growing up, the concept of bravery most often presented to me by my parents was the military kind.  Dad,…

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Who Are We?

This year we are trying out a new format for the DPSN blog – with monthly video blogs! For our first video we chat with Philip Patston about his new kickstarter! Check it out here    


Chelle Hope: Standing out

Chelle Hope is a writer who is, regrettably, finding less time for being idle these days as the demand for attention from her inner voice grows louder and more urgent.  As a lesbian with disabilities, she is interested in how identity informs how we see ourselves and others.  In this week’s guest blog, she talks…


The contradiction of addiction

I’ve spent the past year working as a Psychologist in a community-based alcohol and drug service.  While this does not make me by any means an expert on addiction, it does mean that when a Huff Post Politics article like this one start’s doing the rounds on Facebook, I do have one or two opinions…


Anna’s bi-monthly musings – International Women’s Day

Every second month Anna shares her musings, personal insights, and observations of our diverse lives. International Women’s Day 2015: MAKE IT HAPPEN Whether you identify as a woman, man, neither, both or something else entirely, I think people of all genders and regardless of gender can celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!  (Some women won’t agree with…


Pride Powwow

This year I decided I would change up my blogging and start a monthly vlog – interviewing people over video. My first vlog was going to be focussing on the Auckland Pride Festival, which is just wrapping up, after a month of performances, gallery shows, markets and, of course, the Pride Parade. The festival had…