Information access

Case for Review of Website Accessibility

Blind Citizens NZ submitted its paper “The Case for a Comprehensive Review of Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities” to the Human Rights Commission in April 2014. The case we believe, is well-presented, with examples, details and supporting evidence set out.

International White Cane Safety Day – 15 October

International White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on 15 October, in recognition of the White Cane, the international symbol of blindness and independence.

Ending the Book Famine – Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

Countries world-wide are being asked to sign up to and ratify The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities. The goal of the Marrakesh Treaty is to help to end the book famine faced by people who are blind, vision impaired or otherwise print disabled. Only a small percentage of the world’s published books ever make it into accessible formats.

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.

Getting over the information barrier

Remember that old folk song "rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham"? Yes go ahead and Google it if you're too young to remember. I wonder if boy scouts sing that song today around the campfire like we used to. The words that come to my mind at the moment are "so high, I can't get over it, so low I can't get under it, so wide I can't get round it...". That's what it's like when you come up against a barrier. Right? Well, yes, but only if it is a physical barrier.

Celebrating the Birth of Louis Braille 200 Years Ago

Here we are in 2009 and it is now time for me to ensure that I keep this blog fresh and up to date, keeping you all informed on issues of concern to blind people in New Zealand and what the Association of Blind Citizens is up to. I will try to update the blog at least every week or fortnight.

New Zealand Herald commended for offering that extra touch

Media release announcing the award of the Extra Touch Award to the New Zealand Herald in recognition of their new service offered in colaboration with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, making a wide variety of daily news articles readily available to blind and vision impaired New Zealanders over the phone.

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