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.

Empathy is the Most Important Leadership Skill According to Research

This is an interesting article to read/reread as you head back into the 'office' for 2022. Your teams, peers, and colleagues thank you in advance! "You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. Great leadership requires a fine mix of all kinds of skills ...

Kitcal - Tablet for Seniors

Have you heard of the Kitcal Tablet for Seniors?  I hadn't until a friend told me about it.  Kitcal® is a specially designed tablet that helps our non-tech-savvy seniors stay socially connected to their whānau and friends.  Kitcal® gives back direct personal communication to seniors living in care and reduces social isolation for those still living independe...

Advantech Presentation

Happy New Year! I'm back on board after a relaxing break over Christmas/New Year.  As we begin 2022, I'd like to share with you a new service I'm planning on implementing this year.  Advantech is a subscription-based service to support people with access needs & the organizations who employ them, with their technology needs.  Watch my presentation below & if...

Top Tips for an Accessible Christmas

The Be. Lab team has put together some top tips for ensuring an accessible Christmas and Summer Holiday.   I'm sharing them with you and inviting you to view the world through a lens of accessibility. Isn't that a great way to enter into a new year? Read 10 ways to an accessible Christmas

Embrace Your Differences!

One year ago, I was excited to find out I'd been selected as one of 12 speakers at TEDx Wellington.🥰 This event was to take place in May 2021 at the Michael Fowler Centre in front of an audience of 2000 people. Unfortunately, due to the COVID levels at the time, this event had to be cancelled. Naturally, I was extremely disappointed.😞 Fast forward a few mo...

Top Tips: Hospitality

Is your restaurant, cafe or bar welcoming to all?  Check out these top tips for easy ways to ensure your hospitality venue is accessible for all customers. Top Tips: Hospitality

Possibility Leadership Showcase

On Friday, December 3rd 2021 the Global Centre of Possibility held the Possibility Leadership Showcase celebrating the vision and courage of 10 pioneering access entrepreneurs! I was privileged to be one of those 10. Check out the Showcase and our incredible innovations that seek to advance an accessible future Aotearoa and the world below. Thank you to ev...

How an Ageing Population Meeds a Ministry for Disabled

In this article, Minnie Baragwanath, Chief Possibility Officer at the Global Center of Possibility shares highlights how with additional factors such as an ageing population and long-Covid, prioritizing accessibility is absolutely crucial for New Zealand to be positioned to deal with these challenges into the future. And how in order to be successful, the ne...

Making Technology Available

Read this great article about the importance and benefit of including diverse people in your design team. And how accessible tech is, quite simply, better for everyone. Making technology available for everyone

Top Tips: Retail

As we enter the Holiday season, now is a good time to think about whether your retail space is accessible and welcoming to all customers? Increase your customer base and loyalty by incorporating these simple accessibility tips. Top Tips: Retail

Metlink Public Transport Accessibility Charter 2021

Metlink is committed to making it easier for disabled people to access public transport across Greater Wellington. The Transport Committee adopted a new Accessibility Charter on September 9th 2021. Improving accessibility is one of the key areas of focus in the 2021 Regional Public Transport Plan. The Charter is the first step towards realising Metlink’s vis...

On Wednesday, I was Dsabled

As the saying goes, the world around us is what disables disabled people. In this blog, Joanna Grace, Autistic Founder of The Sensory Projects explains; “Some of us occupy environments designed for our neurotypes, some of us do not.” Using a personal example she explores how “Simple adjustments that are considerate of different neurotypes can be powerfully e...

Inclusive Communication Matters

We live in a diverse world. Naturally, the way we each communicate is also diverse. For some, how they communicate isn’t through personal choice, but a result of personal needs. Inclusive communication recognises this. For every organisation, it should be part of their DNA. At Texthelp, it’s at the heart of our whole organisation. In fact, it’s our core purp...

Good Design at the Heart of Normalizing Disability

While working as a nurse in a busy hospital Sally Britnell began to use a magnifying glass, as she could no longer read the small print on medication vials. She regarded this adaptation as a part of her professional responsibility to keep patients safe. Sally Britnell is a senior lecturer in nursing at the Auckland University of Technology talked about good ...