We know that about one in four New Zealanders have to tackle accessibility hurdles on a daily basis. These include:
- Obstacles when getting around (e.g. inaccessible public buildings, spaces and transport);
- Inaccessible products and services (e.g. lack of access to health services or to technology);
- Information and communication barriers (e.g. inaccessible websites and apps, lack of access to printed materials, lack of closed captioning); and
- A lack of understanding of why access matters (e.g. underestimating the potential of disabled people as students, employees, volunteers, parents, etc.)
We also know we can remove these accessibility hurdles sooner and smarter, so together we’ve formed The Access Alliance to lead the charge.
When we talk about access and accessibility, we are referring to our ability to engage with, use, participate in, and belong to, the world around us. Accessibility legislation will be an invaluable step towards making this access real. That’s why we are campaigning for Government to introduce the Accessibility for New Zealanders Act.
Lobbying for it, drafting it, and implementing it will require perseverance and leadership from disability advocates and organisations, policy-makers, business and local government. We have to invest in this leadership now if we are to realise every New Zealander’s full potential.
Support accessibility legislation now - it’s the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do and it’s the right time to do it.