Thursday 18 May was Global Awareness Accessibility Day. The purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile etc.) Access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

I attended an Accessibility is a Good Investment event hosted by the Blind Foundation and SQUIZ where a number of speakers talked about why it makes good business sense to make sure technology is accessible for everyone right from the beginning.

Speakers included

  • Neil Jarvis, GM Strategic Relations, Blind Foundation – Why access to communication and information matters – ‘Click away’ survey and what is means for NZ.
  • Jason Kiss – Senior Adviser in Digital Engagement, Department of Internal Affairs – the Government’s plans for implementing web accessibility.
  • Wendy Youens – CEO Able NZ – Making mass media entertainment accessible.
  • Philippa Friary – President, NZ Speech Language Therapists Association – What is Inclusive communication and are we doing to improve access to television services.
  • Dr Jonathan Godfrey, President, Blind Citizens NZ – We are citizens too.
  • Vaughan Curd, Senior Developer, Squiz—How Developers Make Websites Accessible, and some A11y Allies for managing website accessibility.



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