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Christmas Wish List

1. A legislative framework that removes and prevents access barriers

2. A barrier notification system

3. Accessibility Standards

4. An independent regulator

and an accessible new year!

#AccessLawRightNow!

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Accessibility in Aotearoa: the Journey Ahead - Panel Discussion

How accessible is our society right now?

What will it take to remove barriers?

How does the Government’s proposed legislation measure up?

What are the Access Alliance's 13 Principles?

What do you need from allies?

These questions and more addressed by:

  • Chrissie Cowan (CEO of Kāpō Māori NZ, Chair of Access Alliance)
  • Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM
  • Nathan Bond (President of Disabled Persons Assembly),
  • Jan Logie MP
  • Amy Hogan (Researcher and Writer at Cerebral Palsy NZ, Access Alliance member).

Video includes NZSL interpreting.

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Back to the Future! IDPwD Webinar Video

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POPPY - Art Imitates Nature in this Heartfelt Homegrown Story

POPPY is a heartfelt social justice drama; the story of a spirited young woman with a disability and a dream to have a life like anyone else, to live independently, become an apprentice, and have a boyfriend and who - after much strategizing - manages to exceed even her own goals.

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Why Couldn’t You Have Been Ready a Year Ago?

“Why couldn’t you have been ready a year ago?”

It’s the question we’re asked most often by people who helped co-design Skillet and by those who’ve since created their free accounts.

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How Many of the 13 Principles will be Given Effect?

Green MP Jan Logie asks the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni,

"How many of the 13 Principles outlined by the Access Alliance will be given effect in the proposed accessibility legislation, and which principles, if any, will not be included?"

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Youth Parliament - Applications Now Open

Once every parliamentary term a Youth Parliament is held.  Each MP gets to choose a young person to represent them over a six month period from March to August 2022 with a short stint in Parliament itself.

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WordSmart Literacy App for Dyslexics

On Paul Blackman’s first day of school in Grey Lynn in the 1950’s – “before Grey Lynn was so flash” – he sat in a class with 54 other kids and the teacher gave them something to read. “My dad always read to me, so when I got to school I was able to read,” he says.

He read the passage out to the teacher in front of the class, but “instead of saying well done, she went off her rocker, gave me the strap and said I was showing off”.

First published on Spinoff

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Accessibility Legislation Proposed - Radio New Zealand

Listen to Kathryn Ryan of Radio New Zealand speak with Chrissie Cowan, chair of the Access Alliance and chief executive of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, and Warren Forster, barrister and researcher who has co-authored the report 'Making New Zealand Accessible: A Design for Effective Accessibility Legislation'.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018815417/accessibility-legislation-proposed

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More Pussycat than Tiger - Why Accessibility is Nothing to Fear

For the past ten years, Cookie Time Limited (CTL) has been on a transformation journey. This has put it well ahead of the curve in creating an accessible and inclusive culture and workplace.

Many businesses seem to fear that ...

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