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Accessibility photo library launches in New Zealand

Front entrance of a newly-built Wellington office block. On the right there are steps leading to the entrance, and on the left there is ramp access.
Powerchair user looking at ramp access route, which is cordoned off. Image Courtesy: Victor Komarovsky/Access Matters

New Zealand –  Accessibility advocate, Mary Fisher, in collaboration with the Access Alliance and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, have launched a photo library to encourage the public to notice access barriers in our everyday lives.

Mary toured Wellington’s city center pausing to document both positive and problematic examples of accessibility in action. The photo library is to showcase these examples and provide a resource for anyone interested in making sure their buildings, products and services are accessible to all.

Mary Fisher, an Accessibility Advocate and Paralympic swimming medallist who is blind says “For me, living with a disability in Aotearoa New Zealand at the moment means I often miss out on information, and travelling independently can be a challenge. With education and government-led initiatives we can become fully accessible.”

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, says “The photo library is a visual collage of what good and not so good accessibility looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand. It highlights that accessibility is broader than the built environment, builds our understanding of what good accessibility should look like, and shows that accessibility legislation and education around accessibility is the right thing to do.”