About one in four New Zealanders are forced to deal with barriers to accessibility on a daily basis. Amongst Māori, a third of the population have a disability. That’s why The Access Alliance has come together to call on Parliamentary Parties to commit to introducing accessibility legislation that will ensure disabled Kiwis having the same opportunities and choices as everyone else.
Sophia, who attended the Blind Foundation’s Access for All Advocacy training programme, tells us why access matters to her. I was off to my hairdressing appointment and I needed to cross a road. I found the button for the traffic light, and pressed it, expecting it to beep regularly, but this one didn't make any noise. I listened hard to see if the traffic had stopped. When I thought it had, I decided to take my life into my own hands and cross the road quickly.read moreA newly built, high tech, world class sporting facility built to modern architectural and building code specifications omitted to provide proper facilities for people with disabilities. Downstairs, where the public do not sit, it has provided accessible toilet facilities.read moreGoing to the hospital and having surgery is traumatic enough – imagine your diagnosis and treatment information isn't presented to you in a format that is accessible, that hospital staff don’t have adequate tools required to communicate with you, and that the waiting rooms overload your senses.read moreStories detailing the lack of wheelchair taxis are all too common. Access to appropriate transport makes a huge difference to people's lives, their ability to gain employment and to take part in public activities.read moreI'm 22 and I want to be able to tell my future kids that the law in Aotearoa is clear: it says that accessibility is a priority, and as such, recognises that we deserve access to the premises and services of business, education providers, construction workers and transport operators as much as every other New Zealander. We want the freedom to live our lives how we choose; we want to use our time and energy to contribute to the economy and our communities.read more
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