Welcome to my New Website

Welcome to my new website! Trusted and experienced I provide a wide variety of flexible technology solutions for people who struggle to use their computer, read print, or who may prefer dictating rather than typing by offering assessments, training, and support. I am an accredited trainer of Dragon Speech Recognition software and can provide...

Access 2020: Accessibility in New Zealand Today

There are over one million New Zealanders currently living with an access need in our communities today and for many, access to essential services and public activities and events is limited. This results not only in a lack of equity but also represents a huge amount of wasted talent, ideas, potential customers, and economic contributions that New...

Don't Be Defined By Your Differences

I was born with both of my disabilities, cerebral palsy, and low vision. Being the second to youngest of six children, I wasn’t treated any differently, so it wasn’t until I started school that I realized I was different to other kids. I couldn’t keep up with them or participate in their games, so I spent a lot of time on my own. Although I...

Making the 36th America's Cup Accessible to All

Be. Lab is delighted to be working with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on the 36th America’s Cup to ensure events in Auckland are inclusive and inviting to people of all ages and access needs. I am privileged to be one of the team working on this project. We’ve shared some top tips for Auckland businesses on ATEED’s recen...

How Does My Access Need Impact My Use of Technology?

As part of the interview I did for Access Advisors Tech Week webinars I talked about how my access needs impact my use of technology.

What I Would Change About Technology if I had a Magic Wand!

Recently I was interviewed by Access Advisors for their Tech Week series of webinars designed to highlight the impact various access needs have on technology use, Here's what I had to say about what I would change about technology if I had a magic wand.

The Future of Our Offices and Homes

One day, Coronavirus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19. Spurred on by the coronavirus crisis, architects have been rethinking the buildings we inhabit. Check out the full article

Integrated Ramp

This is an example of how stairs and a ramp can be successfully integrated. In a world where universal design is essential to living a full amp; happy life, it's great to see how Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander has designed stairs around a ramp,

Is the Digital Revolution Leaving Access Citizens Behind?

How many of us would be prepared to wait 25 years to get our computer fixed? For a largely silent underclass in our society, being stuck with inoperable or insufficient technology for their needs is a shocking reality. Minnie Baragwanath, Chief Possibility Officer at the Global Cente of Possibility @ AUT shines a light on some of the shortcoming...

Access Employes Are Key to Business Resilience

Minnie Baragwanath, Chief Possibility Officer at the Global Centre of Possibility @ AUT recently wrote in the latest opinion piece for Management magazine. Those businesses fortunate enough to be in a position to retain and recruit staff post-COVID must be highly skills-focused. Valuable employees will be adaptable, agile, and persistent problem...

No Replacement for a Guide Dog

As my Guide Dog Pedro is nearing retirement, I found this article by my friend Judy Small very interesting. I agree, there will never be a replacement for a Guide Dog. Judy Small got her first guide dog 40 years ago, and she says there will always be a place for a guide dog, no matter the technology advancements. Read Judy's story here

Architecture for the Blind: Intelligent and Inclusive Spaces for the Blind User

The design of spaces for people with visual disabilities is an important issue when it comes to talking about accessibility. Architects who adopt the principles of universal design understand that the needs of a blind client are the same as those of all people. Read the full article

HerStory Global Women#8217;s Empowerment Online Summit

Last year I spoke at the first HerStory Global Women's Empowerment Conference in Wellington. This year I will be speaking at the first HerStory Global Women's Empowerment Online Summit in November. I'm excited about this opportunity as it's helping me work towards my goal of becoming a recognized public speaker. What is the HerStory Global Women&...