I work in the disability and mental health sectors. I am Deaf myself and I have had an extensive career in Deaf mental health. On 23 March, when the Government announced the nationwide COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, I knew immediately that Deaf and disabled New Zealanders would be significantly adversely impacted.Read more
Daniel Te’o is a staff member at Blind Low Vision NZ who is blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition which causes vision loss. Daniel is grateful to have the support he needs to carry on with his daily life, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he has serious concerns about how the move to Alert Level 3 will impact others living with an access need in our community.Read more
I am a hard of hearing health professional. Like my essential service colleagues, my work continues at this challenging and unprecedented time of pandemic and lockdown.Read more
I am confused about what I can and can’t do during the Covid-19 lockdown, particularly as a person living with disability. On the one hand, I am told to stay at home. On the other, I am told to go outside for some fresh air and exercise. I want to play my part and do both, but it is not so easy to get out of the house for those with access needs, and yet it so important for my physical and emotional wellbeing.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Michelle has experienced hearing loss from her early childhood and it has deteriorated as she has got older. She gets very tired, and at times struggles to lip read along with her hearing aids. She said that without her hearing aids she would not even be able to hear her cat meow.Read more
I'm Susan, I'm vision impaired and this is my story about the frustration I experienced when last year my bus company changed the timetables and didn't advertise it in accessible formats.Read more
"My dignity was kind of trampled on....
Employment is such a necessary part of feeling valuable a lot of the time and feeling like you have something to contribute.
It is really important that we make the whole application and acceptance and work process as accessible as possible.Read more
When talking about access people usually focus on the accessibility to buildings or rooms. The Access Matters campaign is showing that there are other facets besides physical access.Read more