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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 .  

Supporting Employees with Chronic Illness: First-hand Insights

This is an interesting article from  TextHelp's  blog about supporting employees with chronic illness. By 2030, it's predicted that 40% of the UK’s working-age population will have at least 1 chronic, work-limiting condition. In the US, it's reported that 50% of adults already have at least 1 chronic condition.    To understand how organisations can better s...

Digital (in)Accessibility Down Under: Why Australia Lags Behind New Zealand

New research from Infosys has revealed that Australia is behind New Zealand when it comes to ensuring all digital properties are accessible, such as enabling accessible mobile banking, digital citizen services or online learning experiences. Read the full article here.  

Will New Disability Legislation Include Access to Media?

People who are deaf, blind or have low vision are currently missing out on being able to fully access one of life's simple pleasures - watching TV. Currently, NZ on Air funds closed captions and audio description services, but it doesn't cover all scheduled programming. There is no legislation requiring a minimum amount of captioning or audio description, pu...

Online Business' Costly Mistake - Ignoring People with Disabilities

This has become even more relevant now that more services are moving online & as someone with low vision who uses magnification software, I struggle with a lot of websites not being accessible. For example, today I spent 1.5 hours on hold to Air NZ because I couldn't work out how to cancel a booking. Businesses are leaving millions of dollars on the table as...

Newly Diagnosed Vision Impairment

This is an excellent article from Blind Low Vision NZ with some practical questions to ask if you or someone you know has been newly diagnosed with a vision impairment. If you've been newly diagnosed, you will probably have a range of questions you want answers to during your next GP or eye specialist appointment. Blind Low Vision NZ has created a list to he...

Barriers to Finding Disability Leaders

This is an excellent article highlighting some of the barriers to finding Disability Leaders. The Office for Disability Issues holds a  Nominations Database  where Disabled Leaders can register their interest in Governance & Advisor Groups as part of our Government's commitment to increasing the membership & diversity of these groups.  Read about Barriers to...

How Would an Artist Talk about their Brain Injury?

This is a video that Mary Butler, Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Adelaide made with William Fairbank, which came out of a series of wonderfully rich and deep conversations about brain injury and art. It asked the question: 'how would an artist talk about their brain injury?' The answers are well worth hearing. Head On to… is an invest...

Accessibility Tips from a Colourblind Designer

Colour blindness affects around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world. Most people with colour blindness are unable to fully see red, green or blue light. The most common form of colour blindness is red/green colour blindness. As a colourblind designer, Andrew from Baseline Education shares some advice when it comes to accessible web design. Read Andre...

There’s Nothing Worse Than a Restaurant That Makes You Feel Like an Old Git

This article is an excellent reminder for designers and businesses to make sure environments are usable universally, by a wide variety of people. And, as the article points out, a really good way to know if a space is inclusive is to employ people who are older and/or who have disabilities and see how it works for them. Read the full article.