RANZCO on dyslexia – it’s not in the eyes

This interesting article about Dyslexia was in the latest NZ Optics newsletter. Dyslexia is not a vision problem but a language-processing disorder, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) declared in a joint statement.   Read the full article .

Accessible Online Support

Research shows that excellent customer service is the number one enabler of accessibility. Online customer service is crucial too.  To ensure your online support is available to all, including customers with disabilities and access needs, read these Top Tips on Be. Lab's blog .  

Creating Inclusive Hybrid Work Experiences – What’s New in Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features

Digital access is something I'm passionate about so I'm always excited to see what Microsoft is doing in terms of accessibility.    Jenny Lay-Flurrrie. Chief Accessibility Officer shares the latest Microsoft Accessibility blog. CART is coming to Microsoft Teams! CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) joins a portfolio of features.. live captions, t...

Clearing Our Way Guide

Blind Low Vision NZ have completed their 'Clearing Our Way' guide. This resource provides clear guidance that will help organisations and designers to build in accessibility at the planning stage of their projects, as this is much more cost-effective. Most importantly, BLV believes that public services and digital spaces that are not accessible to people wit...

The people behind Windows 11: Working with Communities to Improve Input and Accessibility

John Porter is an input and accessibility designer who is unable to use what so many take for granted: a keyboard and mouse. Porter relies almost entirely on his voice and speech recognition technology, in addition to switches (a series of buttons with pre-defined actions to cover a small range of motion) to interact with his PC. Read the full article

Accessibility Failures are Costing NZ Business Potential Sales

This first monthly post for Tech blog introduces a recent research study by Access Advisors who tested the homepages of the top 1000 non-government websites in Aotearoa for basic accessibility problems. Read the full article This article was written by Dr Chandra Harrison, managing director of Access Advisors, a leading New Zealand owned and operated digital...

Benefits of Hybrid Working for People with Access Needs.

Ted Kennedy: Hybrid working will now allow more people with disabilities to enter labour force. “Hybrid work and remote work are just a couple of the accommodations that many people with disabilities have been asking for. So, we think that companies’ views now of remote work will allow more people with disabilities to enter the labour force,” Read the full a...

Design Plan Review Case Study

With much of the country at Alert Level 2, I thought I'd celebrate by sharing this blog of an awesome and accessible project recently completed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. I was part of the Be. Lab team who were engaged to review the design plans of this incredible bridge, to ensure that visitors with diverse needs are able to enjoy the spect...

Unconscious Bias at Work - Making the Unconscious Conscious

Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of. Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising. They can occur when we make fast judgements, are tired or under pressure. Often, they may be incompatible with our conscious values and considered actions...

Top Tips: Accessible Online Shopping

Is your online shopping site accessible to all?  With COVID restrictions of varying levels in place across the globe now is the perfect time for New Zealand businesses to embrace the opportunity of being accessible to 100% of consumers.  If online shopping sites are accessible to all users, everyone wins. Read Be. Lab's blog to find out how.  

Tips for Working from Home - Part 2

Here's Part 2 of my video series on Tips for Working from Home.

Tips for Working from Home - Part 1

In Part 1 of my two-part video series I share some tips on working from home,

Designing for Accessibility Part One: Universal Design and Accessible Design

We believe that all spaces, places, products, services and experiences should be designed with access in mind, for the best possible experience for all users. Our approach is informed by universal design, and optimal practice accessible design. Be. Lab has put together a blog to explain the basis of universal design principles, how it is different to accessi...

Top Tips: Making Your Social Media Posts More Accessible

Making your social media posts accessible is the right thing to do in order to be more inclusive of the 1 in 4 New Zealanders with access needs. But did you know that incorporating accessibility into your social media marketing strategy is good for your business? By ensuring your social media posts are accessible you’ll reach 100% of customers, and gain a re...

Accessible Suspension Bridge Swings into Action at Kaitoke Regional Park

Here's the Media Release from Greater Wellington Regional Council The highly anticipated suspension bridge at Kaitoke Regional Park is now open, meaning more visitors can connect with nature at one of our region’s most beloved parks. “Having the new bridge means I, like many others with access needs, can finally visit the rain forest on the other side of the...

A History of Digital Accessibility in Aotearoa

As I was doing some research for my Possibility Leadership project, I came across this very interesting article on A History of Digital Accessibility in Atoeroa by Chandra Harrison from Access Advisors. “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” – Tim Berners-Lee (Seiter 2016) Read the f...

Kaitoke Suspension Bridge Swings into Action

I love my job! On Wednesday 4th August I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Suspension Bridge at Katioke Regional Park near Upper Hutt. Through my contact with Be. Bab I had been involved in the design plan review. For me, being the first person in a wheelchair to cross was quite emotional as this bridge, which is now accessible, replaces ...

Unlocking the Benefits of Accessibility with Westpac

On 7th June, Be Lab co-hosted a breakfast with Westpac NZ celebrating the benefits that Accessibility brings to New Zealand businesses. Westpac acting CEO Simon Power spoke about Westpac’s commitment to accessibility to date, including employing diverse talent through Be Lab's Tertiary Internship Programme. You can read the full article here .

Why Accessible Marketing is the Future

This is an interesting article about why accessible marketing is the future, according to an Inclusive Design expert. One in four people lives with a disability in New Zealand. Read the full article.

What is Web Ally?

Have you ever seen 'a11y' used instead of the word accessibility?  Here's why: "a" - the first letter of the word "accessibility" "11" - the number of letters between the first and last letters of the word "accessibility" "y" - the last letter of the word "accessibility" Read on for more.