Building and environment

Includes access by blind and vision impaired people to public buildings, footpaths, streets and the environment in general.

Lost in the Urban Jungle

This briefing document is a supplement to "The Great Barrier Brief". "Lost in the Urban Jungle" is about Access to the Built Environment and in this we make every endeavour to inform everyone who plays a part in how public buildings are created, including architects, builders, and local authorities.

Gaining an improved understanding, commitment and implementation of the access requirements of the Building Act: Next Steps in Progressing Accessibility in the Built Environment

Forum hosted by Blind Citizens NZ and Barrier Free New Zealand Trust

On 12 August 2013, Blind Citizens NZ and Barrier Free New Zealand Trust jointly hosted a one-day forum entitled "Gaining an improved understanding, commitment and implementation of the access requirements of the Building Act”.

Why Our Building Laws Are Failing People with Disabilities

On 12 August, Blind Citizens NZ and the Barrier Free New Zealand Trust hosted a forum to discuss New Zealand's building laws as they apply to people with disabilities. Included were Government officials and representatives from disability organisations, including service providers and consumer organisations, and interested stakeholders. The programme involved presentations from a range of knowledgeable professionals during the morning with discussion occurring during the afternoon.

Submission to Discussion Paper "The Wider Journey: The Rights of Disabled People", Human Rights Commission, March 2012

This is a submission to the Human Rights Commission in response to their discussion paper “The Wider Journey: The Rights of Disabled People”. Our comments correspond to areas that impact upon the ability of blind, deafblind and vision impaired people living in New Zealand to access the built environment safely and independently, to have access to information and to independently vote in local and general elections.

Is this the right bus? Public transport - trials and tribulations of the blind traveller

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and concisely explains what blind and vision impaired people need as pedestrians who rely primarily on public transport to get around. Areas covered include taxis, buses, trains, staff training, transport facilities and pedestrian travel.

Submission to the Building Bill 2003

Pedestrians - the largest group of road users

Media release calling for safer streets for pedestrians, the largest group of road users. In particular the Association calls for authorities to comply with published Guidelines for Installing Pedestrian Facilities for People with Visual Impairment (RS14), and comply with Pedestrian Standards developed by Standards New Zealand.

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