Briefs

briefing documents on topical issues.

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.

How Secret Is Our Secret Vote?

This briefing document is a supplement to "The Great Barrier Brief". In this, Blind Citizens NZ addresses Accessible Independent Voting from the perspective of blind and vision impaired voters, many of whom are unable to vote without sighted assistance, whether at the polling booth, in a postal ballot and telephone dictation voting. Hence the ability to independently cast a truly secret vote is denied to us.

While our brief identifies the challenges and barriers we face, we also offer solutions.

Does your website shut the door in our face?

Blind Citizens NZ was honoured to have the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia launch our brief "Does your website shut the door in our face?", on 21 November 2013.

Money talks - where does it stop

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and concisely explains how the banking industry can best meet the needs of blind and vision impaired people, particularly given today's fast developing banking technology. Areas covered include customer services, EFTPOS machines, credit and EFTPOS card design and self service kiosks.

Is your website reaching everyone?

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and calls for all websites that provide services and information to the public to meet accepted accessibility standards. People nowadays take it for granted that we can carry out numerous everyday transactions online. For some people with disabilities who have limited transport options, the internet has opened up a whole new world of independence.

A sentence paints a thousand pictures - so what's it sound like?

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and calls on the Government and entertainment industry to fully embrace audio description as a means of making entertainment more accessible to blind and vision impaired people. Reference is made in particular to audio description on television, at the movies, and in live theatre and live art displays.

The RNZFB at a Glance

Blind people accept that we live in a highly visual world. While we continue to work towards the world being as accessible as it can be for us and for people with other disabilities, we recognise that we still need access to specialised services that teach us the essential skills we need to function in the world around us. The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is the primary provider of the essential blindness-related services needed by blind people in New Zealand.

Are we being taken for a ride? Total Mobility - Equitable Access to our Environment and Local Communities

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and calls for a nationally consistent and equitable Total Mobility taxi subsidy scheme in order that people with disabilities can live in, work in and have full access to today's urban environment.

Are you walking the "talk"?

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and concisely explains what blind and vision impaired people need from today's telecommunications companies. The phone takes on a particularly important role for people who are blind or who have other disabilities as many of us have limited access to urban transport. Information is given in areas including standard Phone Lines, mobile Phones, telephone directories, accessible information, websites and staff training.

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.

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