The Donald Beasley Institute is a national, independent, non-profit organisation based in Dunedin, which undertakes disability research and education.
The DBI aims to advance the rights of disabled people, with a particular focus on people with learning disabilities, through research, monitoring, evaluation, education and other projects that seek to:
- Understand the lived experiences of disabled people, recognising cultural diversity, gender, age, and other intersecting identities;
- Generate inclusive and accessible evidence-based research that can be used to inform the development and delivery of responsive support and the progressive realisation of the UNCRPD;
- Deliver transformative research and evaluation meaningful to disabled people, families/whānau and disability services;
- Build research capacity of disabled researchers through collaboration with disabled people, DPOs, and the disability sector;
- Disseminate accessible and evidence-based research and education.