Developed by the Te Pou Disability Workforce Development Team

StartTime: Tue 18 October 2022 9:30 am
Location: Webinar

Tuesday 18th October 9.30am - 12.30pm then starting again at 1.15pm - 4pm.

Tuesday 1st November 9.30am - 12.30pm and Thursday 3rd November 2022 9.30am - 12.30pm
Free Webinars from Te Pou
Given the nature of the workshop, participants will be limited to 16 people.
If you are interested in registering your attendance, please contact Rebecca Merrington at

Ātea is an exciting training programme led by disabled people that aims to raise the knowledge and confidence of the non-disabled population so that they can provide a better service/experience and remove barriers for disabled people.

Developed by the Te Pou Disability Workforce Development Team, and using the social model of disability, the workshop is relevant to anyone who interacts with disabled people in their work or personal life. The workshops help participants be aware of their own attitudes towards disabled people, what contributes to ableism and ways that people can minimise ableism. We want non-disabled people to actively include disabled people wherever we might be.

What does Ātea mean?

The name Ātea can be understood as a place, space, or time. In this context, Ātea is the space and place to exist with freedom for wairua, hinengaro, tinana and whānau to be expressed shared and explored. It is a place where participants can bring their authentic selves, hosts bring their knowledge and skills and for us to collectively engage, explore and depart with a greater understanding of how we can change the physical, psychological, and spiritual space, around us, for all people.

Learning Objectives

Ātea has five main learning objectives:

  1. Enabling participants to reflect on their understanding of disability (including language, stereotypes, and respectful engagement) in a safe environment
  2. Presenting disability from a human rights and social model context – focussing on barriers to inclusion
  3. Providing information on various cultural understandings of disability and tāngata whaikaha
  4. Providing participants opportunity to consider their role in creating a non-disabling society
  5. Developing strategies (skills) based on participants roles/lives related to how they can be inclusive of disabled people