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Breaking News! Labour and National Commit to Accessibility Legislation

On the eve of the election, we have great news! The Labour and National Parties released their Disability Issues policies on Wednesday. Both policies include a prominent commitment to accessibility legislation.

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White Cane Safety Day Thursday 15 October: Message from the World Blind Union

On Thursday 15 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day.

White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for persons who are blind and partially sighted.

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Where to Vote?

Due to the change of election date to Saturday 17 October, voting place details have not been included in the 'easy vote card' mailout to voters.

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Party Policy Snapshot - Ballot Box Decisions

Campaigning is in full swing and early voting has begun. So as we head to the ballot box, here is a snapshot of published party policies that are aimed at creating a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

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World Sight Day Thursday 8 October: Message from the World Blind Union

On Thursday 8 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment - The Right To Sight - and is observed annually on the second Thursday of October.

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Design Delight from Disability - 2020 Annual Report: The Global Economics of Disability

With an estimated population of 1.85 billion, people with disabilities (PWD) are an emerging market larger than China. Their Friends and Family add another 3.3 billion potential consumers who act on their emotional connection to PWD. Together, disability touches 73% of consumers.

Together, the disability market controls over $13 trillion in disposable income.

Design Delight from Disability - 2020 Annual Report by analyst Rich Donovan: The Global Economics of Disability.

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Happy International Day of Older Persons 2020

The annual International Day of Older Persons was established by the United Nations in 1990 to recognise older people as mentors, volunteers, leaders and the foundation of families and communities.

The theme of the 2020 commemoration is “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”

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Chrissie Cowan finalist 2020 Women of Influence Awards

Congratulations to Chrissie Cowan, CEO of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa and Access Alliance Chair, who has been named as a finalist in the 2020 Women of Influence Awards Programme in the Community Hero category.

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Prof Mary Butler talks about Kāpō Māori Aotearoa with Access Alliance Chair, Chrissie Cowan

Professor Mary Butler talks with Chrissie Cowan, Chair of the Access Alliance and CE of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, which is the oldest national indigenous consumer group founded as a peer support network in the 1980’s by blind, low vision, vision impaired, deaf blind Māori and their whānau.

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Advocates Meet Julie Anne Genter, Green MP

Access Matters advocates Chris Orr, who is blind, and Ite Lemalu, who has low vision, recently met with Green MP and Minister Hon Julie Anne Genter via Zoom to talk about how accessibility legislation will improve access to information during a crisis.

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