The Access Alliance have made it even easier to be part of the Access Matters campaign.

With the aim to make NZ fully accessible for all people with all disabilities, the Access Alliance is made up of 12 organisations including the Blind Foundation. The campaign is currently focused on introducing an Accessibility for New Zealanders Act which will introduce mandatory and enforceable standards for accessibility. With the general election taking place, now is a crucial time in the progress of this legislation.

The Alliance has recently gained support from Labour, Green, and  Māori  parties, and we know other parties are listening.

With the new Access Alliance tool, you can search your electorate and click to send an email to candidates asking them to support an Accessibility for New Zealanders Act. There is no better time to pressure the parties to support the campaign than now. The online tool also has specific information about the number of people with access needs in each electorate.

With your help, the Access Alliance hopes to achieve cross-party support for this issue which affects one in four New Zealanders. Please send an email, and share the tool with your friends and whanau.

It will only take 3 easy steps to urge the remaining parties to support your call.

Step 1: Select your electorate.

Step 2: Click to e-mail the candidates and ask if their party will support an Accessibility for New Zealander’s act – we’ve drafted the message for you.

Step 3: Add your name and email address and hit send.

Click the link to access the new Access Alliance tool.