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Minister Announces Accessibility Work Programme!

Our campaign has reached a milestone today with an announcement from the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, in Parliament this afternoon.

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‘Leave No One Behind’

‘Leave No One Behind’ - Progress towards developing New Zealand’s Accessibility Law - Access Alliance

Media Release 03 December 2018

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Access Alliance are standing in support of the Minister for Disability Issues in her efforts to advocate for Government to commit to introducing a national accessibility law.

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Lainey Feingold and baking accessibility into business

The Access Alliance recently co-hosted Lainey Feingold, an American disability rights lawyer who focuses on digital accessibility.

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David Lepofsky Accessibility Policy Law Lecture

David Lepofsky, a leading Canadian disability rights lawyer, activist and advocate, who has advised on accessibility legislation for over 25 years, addressed the Auckland University Policy Law School on the 12 Nov 2018.

In this lecture, David discusses why we need legislation and how it might be implemented with some lessons from the Canadian experience. 

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Christchurch disability activists join movement

Christchurch disability activists join the nation-wide movement for disability rights law – Canadian Disability Advocate calls for a campaign for the New Zealand Government to “just say yes” to a New Zealand accessibility law

On Tuesday 12 November from 1pm to 2pm media are invited to attend a news conference at the Blind Foundation, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell, Auckland to hear Canadian disability rights advocate and blind law professor David Lepofsky report his 8-day blitz across New Zealand, as a guest of the Blind Foundation and Access Alliance. As part of this blitz, last Friday 9 November, people with disabilities, whanau and their allies discussed what needs to be in New Zealand’s accessibility legislation, to make Christchurch accessible for everyone.

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Transcript of our Stories Presentation at Parliament

Chrissie Cowan - Access Alliance Chair

"Korihi te manu, takiri mai i te ata,
Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea,
Tihei mauri ora.

E te Atua tēnā koe
E te Minita Sepuloni tēnā koe
E ngā manuhiri tēnā koutou
Tēnā koutou ki a koutou kua tae mai nei ki te tautoko te kaupapa o tenei rā. No reira tēnā koutou katoa

Minita Sepuloni, e te whaea Poto Williams chair of the Parliamentary Champions for Accessible Legislation (PCAL), members of PCAL, members of parliament, Paula Tesoriero, Acting Chief Commissioner and Disability Rights Commissioner, Office for disability issues representatives, other government officials, Access Matters Campaigners and Access Alliance organization representatives nau mai, haere mai, welcome.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Alani Vailahi from Minister Sepuloni’s office and David Cunningham from Parliamentary Security Operations for helping our team to find a warm and dry venue here at Bowen House ngā mihi ki a korua ...

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Our Stories Booklet

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Disability Advocates to present stories at Parliament

Disability Advocates to present stories at Parliament
Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 8:32 am
Press Release: Access Alliance

Disability Advocates to present stories at Parliament in Support of an Accessibility Act

Accessibility campaigners will assemble at Parliament today in a public presentation of their personal stories to Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni.

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Join us at Parliament for our Stories Booklet Presentation

We're very excited to announce that on September 4, we'll be presenting Minister Sepuloni with our stories booklet at Parliament. All supporters welcome. We are calling on Minister Sepuloni to prioritise introducing an accessibility law by May 2020, within this term of Government. The event will be NZSL-interpreted and streamed live on our Facebook page. It will also be filmed.

When: Tuesday September 4, from 11am to 12pm - live streaming of the presentation from 11:30am

Where: *VENUE CHANGE* Bowen House, 74-80 Lambton Quay, corner of Lambton and Bowen.  Just across the road from the Beehive.

Important accessibility arrival information:

  • Please email Áine at akelly-costello@blindfoundation.org.nz if you will need a Mobility parking spot - these are unfortunately at a premium on Parliament grounds but Security will do their best to ensure there are parks available for those needing them.

RSVP now and add your name to the booklet we're presenting

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A Campaign Update from Mary Fisher

Kia Ora, 

My name is Mary Fisher. I’m a blind swimmer, postgrad student and active Access Matters campaigner. I’ve been lucky enough to

 be part of several Access Alliance delegations to Parliament recently and wanted to update you on the positive progress toward putting accessibility law at the heart of a more inclusive Aotearoa.

Cover of the Access Matters booklet is pink and has white text that says \

In the last three weeks, representatives from the Access Alliance have been meeting with key MPs and Ministers. Meanwhile, grassroots campaigners from Warkworth to Nelson have been doing likewise with their local MPs. Everywhere we go we have been delivering our beautiful booklets full of stories from our community about the barriers we face daily and how an accessibility law can change all of our lives for the better.

Here are a few highlights from our meetings:

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