Today we are celebrating a special milestone. The Blind Foundation has been awarded the Accessibility Tick for escalating its commitment to accessibility.

Tanya Colvin, Accessibility Tick Programme Lead, presented Acting Chief Executive Greg Hurn the award during a short ceremony this morning at Awhina House in Parnell, Auckland, 20 August 2019.

The Accessibility Tick, a Blind Foundation initiative set up by the Access Advisors, was established to help address the disability employment gap.

New Zealanders with disabilities are three times less likely to be employed than their non-disabled peers. The Accessibility Tick helps employers to commit to accessibility and open up their workspaces for people with disabilities who make up 25% of the population.

For the Blind Foundation, it is important that we lead by example, Acting Chief Executive Greg Hurn said.

“To be authentic in this work with others, we absolutely have to be doing all that we can to ‘walk the talk’ and to be trail blazers in breaking down barriers that are holding us back in accessibility today.”

He acknowledged that the Tick doesn’t mean that the organisation is suddenly 100 per cent accessible, but rather reflects escalating our commitment to it.

Different areas of the organisation have made improvements through the Accessibility Tick action plan and processes have been established to make sure accessibility is prioritised now and into the future.

Some examples of improvements that have been made include improving recruitment practices to encourage those with accessibility needs to apply, establishing an accessibility information panel to help with internal accessibility needs and placing captions on video content.

The Blind Foundation is a foundation member of the Accessibility Tick programme, and joins a group of forward-thinking New Zealand organisations in being among the first awarded the Tick. Find out more about the Accessibility Tick at accessibilitytick.nz