Empowering employers to improve disability inclusion and equity outcomes.

New Zealand Disability Employers’ Network

The network functions towards achieving our shared vision -

“New Zealand organisations realise the true potential of disabled people, to the benefit of everyone."

Regular NZDEN meetings (at least four times a year, plus an annual conference) allow members to hear from guest speakers, discuss areas of common interest, share examples of what is working and what is not, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Furthermore, the network aspires to establish New Zealand best practices that become the de facto standard for organisations to contribute to true equity in employment for disabled people.

Down Syndrome man working on a laptop computer in an office.
A Down Syndrome employee working at a laptop computer in an office.

Accessibility Tick Programme

The Accessibility programme provides strategic support for participant organisations to understand their current disability and neurodiversity inclusion state, establish an action plan that is aligned with their business plan and strategic objectives, and be confident that they will have the support to deliver on it.

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Disability Inclusive Pathways Annual Conference

The NZDEN ‘Disability Inclusive Pathways’ Conference offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with other organisations committed to improving disabled and neurodiverse people's career, inclusion and belonging outcomes. Hear from leading disability experts, experienced practitioners, and people with lived experience, including inspiring international and local speakers.

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Network meetings

Our NZDEN network meetings are an opportunity for members to connect, hear from disabled people and disability experts, and discuss implementing disability and neurodiveristy strategies in their organisations.

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Mentorship Programmes

Our upcoming mentorship programmes are designed to grow both the mentor and the mentee.

"Rise to Success" is an empowering career growth mentorship program offered by the New Zealand Disability Employers Network that brings together disabled professionals and experienced mentors.

"Diverse Horizons" is a transformative mentorship program offered by the New Zealand Disability Employers Network that benefits both mentors and job seekers. Mentors provide guidance and support to disabled job seekers, while also gaining valuable insights and knowledge about disability, fostering their own personal and professional growth.

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Communities of Practice (COPs)

Each community of practice looks to further the disability-inclusion outcomes in their own fields of expertise by partnering with disabled people, experts, and other stakeholders.


Consulting Services

Our team and our network of partners are committed to supporting organisations on their unique disability and neurodiversity inclusion journeys. Providing strategic and practial support across all areas.

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Promoting Partnerships with Government and the Disability Sector

We support employers to bring their voice to disability employment and other policies that may impact them.

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Training and Partner Programmes

The NZDEN works with Partners from across the disability sector to deliver training and help our members learn about specialist area programmes that are available.

Members are each entitled to an annual allocation of credits which can be spent on accessing both in-organisation and our hosted training events.

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Join us

Become a member and be part of the change.