Blindsided by Panic, Blessed with Time - Ite

Shopping as a low vision person comes with its difficulties. I’ve had this access need all of my life and it’s allowed me to adapt and take things in my stride. However, there are still some challenges I cannot successfully navigate. The recent coronavirus pandemic that has had people flocking to the supermarkets to shop in bulk is a prominent example of that.

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The real winners at inaugural People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business

The Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards was presented on Friday, 21st of February at the Sudima Auckland Airport. The event recognised businesses and organisations who were going above and beyond to accommodate their customers with access needs.

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Beehive Lunch Bar - Ite's Experience

I have recently started buying my lunch at the Beehive Lunch Bar located across the road from the Blind & Low Vision NZ building in Parnell. I have nominated this place for the Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards for how they have thoughtfully implemented accessibility into everyday business.

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People's Choice Awards

 

Press Release

19 December 2019

All I want for Christmas is Accessibility!

Nominations are now open for the Inaugural Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business 

 

The Access Alliance is calling for nominations of New Zealand businesses doing great things in the name of accessibility. These businesses will then be put to the public to vote, and they will be recognised by the Minister for Disability Issues, the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, at a special event on Friday 21 February 2020.

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It's Time for Access Legislation - John Mulka

It’s time for access legislation: Let’s make 2020 the year we advance human rights.

John Mulka, Blind & Low Vision NZ Chief Executive, shares his observations from Canada and casts fresh eyes over our state of play.

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International Day of People with Disabilities - "On Display”

The annual International Day of People with Disabilities was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The Day was to promote the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life; political, social, economic and cultural.

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#AccessLaw2020 Action Forum - Ite's view

“It’s time for legislation”. This was the resounding message that Dianne Rogers, the Campaign Coordinator of the Access Alliance, shared at the #AccessLaw2020 Action Forum. Rogers put voice to a shared desire among various businesses, organisations and community groups the Access Alliance met with. The purpose was to discuss how they could implement accessibility for those with access needs.

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Meeting with the Cerebral Palsy Youth Alliance

As a voice for young people with disabilities, the Cerebral Palsy Youth Alliance launched a ‘Code of Freedoms’ campaign last year that reinforces the freedoms that every individual with a disability has the right to enjoy, choose or have. You can read more about the codes at: https://cerebralpalsy.org.nz/cerebral-palsy-youth-alliance-launches-freedoms-project/

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#AccessLaw2020 Social toolkit

We’re calling for the introduction of an Accessibility Act in 2020 and we need your voice! 

Check out our social media toolkit and message MP's directly from our social media action page. 

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Grace Stratton's 2019 NZ Fashion Week Opening Speech

Grace Stratton, Accessibility advocate and founder of fashion website All Is For All opened the 2019 NZ Fashion Week with a stunning address. NZ Fashion Week included models with access needs and had forum on diversity and inclusion. In declaring New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 officially open, Grace showed that people with access needs and disability are making a difference to our diverse and sustainable fashion industry.

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