More than ramps – accessibility means information too

  • Do you wish you knew how to make your comms more accessible for a wider audience? Are you concerned that disabled people are not accessing your resources or support?

    This presentation by Alexia Black, Robyn Hunt and Rachel Noble will talk about accessible information – the whys and hows, and give practical advice for how to get going on your accessible information journey.

    The presentation and Q+A will be of interest to not-for-profits:

    • wanting to reach and involve disabled people
    • wanting to learn more about accessible formats e.g. Easy Read, Braille, New Zealand Sign Language
    • thinking about the accessibility of their printed material
    • wanting to better align their organisation with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

    In this session the terms disabled people and people with disabilities will be used interchangeably, as the presenters want to focus on the subject matter rather than get caught up on labels. It is the right of everyone to decide how they can define or speak about themselves.

    An NZSL interpreter will be present. St John's in the City conference room is wheelchair accessible but there is currently no disability parking due to construction.

    About the presenters:

    Alexia Black is the Communications Manager of People First New Zealand – a Disabled People’s Organisation run by and for people with learning (intellectual) disability. She is also the Manager of the New Zealand’s only professional Easy Read translation service and Assistant to Robert Martin MNZM - the first person with learning disability elected to a United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body (the UNCRPD).

    Here we are, read us. Women, disability and writing is a pocket book that challenges a few preconceptions. It was also launched in several different accessible formats simultaneously. Robyn Hunt from project Crip the Lit explores the pitfalls and potential involved in creating accessible information through sharing the publication story.

    Rachel Noble is the General Manager: Disability for the three DHBs in the region. Being Deaf herself, access to information and communication is essential for her and many others in the disability community. Rachel will share information gained through her experiences and interactions.

    This is a Community Comms Collective workshop for not-for-profits hosted by Volunteer Wellington and supported by Cabix Communications and JacksonStone. Community Comms Collective volunteers are welcome to attend.

    Date and time

    Friday 31 May | 10.00am - 11.30am

    Location

    St Johns in the City Conference Centre, Willis Street, Wellington

    RSVP

    by Monday 27 May to comms@communitycomms.org.nz — please let us know which community organisation you represent.

    Tea and coffee provided. $5 koha for Volunteer Wellington to cover venue and morning tea appreciated.

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