Judith is very concerned for her vision impaired daughter’s safety. Krystal has not received in-depth orientation and mobility training to assist her in safely crossing roads or other road safety techniques.
Krystal is unable to visit her grandparents who live opposite the family home. Recently, after getting out of the car, she stepped onto the road and was nearly run over.
Judith wants her daughter to receive regular appropriate training so she can move around in her community independently and safely. She would like an Orientation & Mobility Instructor to be readily available in their city to teach young vision impaired people cane skills. Judith suggests that approaching the Ministries of Education and Health to provide resources may offer a collaborative solution for the support of these children to ensure their safety.
Accessibility legislation could guarantee that appropriate and timely orientation and mobility support from qualified instructors is available to all young blind and vision impaired people on request.
This is my access story, it is one of many. I'm sharing it because I want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.