Why Accessibility is Important Online

In preparation for Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday 19th May,  Be. Lab  partnered with  Digital Boost to run two digital accessibility webinars.  Watch the first webinar  where we discuss why accessibility is important online.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

May 9-15 is NZSL Week, which celebrates that New Zealand Sign Language has been an official language since 2006.  NZSL has definitely risen in profile over the past couple of years, partly due to the visibility of interpreters at the daily COVID briefings. However, it is still an endangered language.  The theme this year is “NZSL is essential”. It is essenti...

How to be an Accessible Tourist Destination

As the tourism industry looks for ways to recover from the pandemic, Access Tourism provides an incredible opportunity. Here are some tips for tourist providers, to help get you started on your Accessibility Journey.   Read these tips .

14 Tips for Writing for the Web

Today's web surfers live in a multitasking world. Often content is consumed on the go. Some may snack on content in between meetings, while others digest it as they’re watching Netflix. 14 business professionals share their top tips. "To improve your web writing and nurture engagement, what's one tip to follow when writing for the web?" Here's what they had ...

Omicron Inquiry Report Released

Inquiry finds Omicron response put disabled people at risk! Responses to the spread of Omicron caused considerable stress, confusion and put the well-being of disabled people at risk, an urgent inquiry by the Human Rights Commission has found. Read the full report

New Ministry Name Consultation

Do you want to have a say in the new name for the Ministry for Disabled People? The establishment unit has created a forum for members of the access community to share their thoughts, hopes, and take part in shaping the direction of the new ministry.  Share your view on the name of the new ministry.

Simple steps to help change the conversation around disability in the workplace

There are simple but highly impactful changes that any employer can make to help change the conversation around disability in the workplace, and there are many potential benefits of this for both employers and people with access needs.  Like me, one in four New Zealanders has access needs (disabilities). While I grew up with Cerebral Palsy and a vision impai...

Top Tips: 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Small Business More Accessible

It's a common misconception that achieving accessibility is too costly, and beyond the budget of small business owners. Here's a list of things you can do with little or no cost, to make a big difference. What is accessibility? Research shows that accessible businesses are more successful, with increased customer base, brand loyalty and revenue. But despite ...

10 Ways to Make Your Practice More Accessible

Originally written for New Zealand Optics Magazine, this blog provides great accessibility advice for healthcare and service providers. By Lauren Wetini, Business Relationship Manager at  Be. Lab .  ‍ "In  my first article  in February I explained that while accessibility is the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do- embracing accessibility pro...

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Three Steps to Help Change the Conversation around Disability in the Workplace One in four New Zealanders have access needs (disabilities) and most of those people could be contributing to our economy if we start to change the conversation around disability in the workplace, says equity advocate Genevieve McLachlan.  “There are simple but highly impactful ch...

Assistive Technology is Necessary for Some, but Beneficial for All!

This is an interesting article from TextHelp, which supply Read&Write learning support software. I have certainly found this software beneficial when working with clients with learning difficulties. The modern workplace can be disabling for some. Let's change that. In the modern workplace, most of the information we receive is in written format. We’re expe...

Introducing the iSee Barriers Project

This is a fantastic initiative, currently only available in Christchurch & Auckland but hopefully, it will be available around the rest of the country soon. Introducing the iSee Barriers project. For years Guide Dog Handlers have had to simply put up with access barriers within their community. The iSee Barriers “Empowering Access Advocacy” project will equi...

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, it’s Everyone’s Responsibility!

As humans, we all want to be accepted, feel included & know that we belong.  This counts in workplaces too. Without a sense of belonging at work, staff can feel unhappy & lack motivation. Creating a culture that's inclusive of everyone matters. As an employer or colleague, there are lots of things you can do to help neurodivergent feel truly included. Part o...

Harming the Disabled with the Words we Use

This is an interesting article by Jonathan Mosen, CEO of Workbridge, an employment service for people with a disability or health condition.  Discriminatory words matter. Even when used as a metaphor or said for a laugh, they create subconscious bias.  Ableist language doesn't have to be said with an intent to harm. Usually, no harm is meant, but harm occurs...

The Business Case for Accessible Tourism

As the tourism industry looks for ways to recover from Covid-19, there is a largely untapped market that could be the key to rebuilding the sector.   Accessible tourism is a huge business opportunity for New Zealand, but most businesses in the sector are not yet tapping into this potential market.  Read Be. Lab's blog to find out more about the opportunity ...

Let's Build Back Accessible!

Prioritising accessibility will bring social and economic benefits for individuals, communities, businesses and our nation now and into the future.   With a new ministry, and accessibility legislation coming in 2022 New Zealand has the opportunity to become a world leader in accessible social and economic development.  Read Be. Lab's blog  to find out how ea...

Viewing Closed Captioning or Live Transcription on Zoom

Thanks for Victoria University for sharing this valuable information. Zoom has introduced a closed captions and live transcripts feature to their platform and it has some of the best accuracy we have seen from computer generated captions. It is well worth trying if you are accessing tutorials etc via Zoom. Our captioning pilot last year showed that captions ...

Demystifying Disability

"To so many people, [disability] remains a mystery, this very scary and overwhelming topic," says disability rights activist and writer Emily Ladau. "We don't talk about it. We ignore it. We shy away from it. We hide it away. But that's not what we should do when it comes to disability, because it's just something that's part of what makes people who they ar...

Why an Accessible Practice is Good Practice

This blog was written by Lauren Weteni, from  Be. Lab & published in the  New Zealand Optics Magazine , February 2022. While it's specifically for Optician and Ophthalmology Practices, it is actually relevant for all businesses to understand how embracing accessibility will make their goods and services available to a new market, expand their customer base ...

Unisex vs Gender Neutral vs All Gender Toilets: What's in a Name?

This article outlines the use of unisex vs all-gender & the importance of language & terminology. A great read. Read the article .