Advocacy

Advocating for an accessible New Zealand

The Blind Foundation is passionate about having a New Zealand that’s accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.  We know that’s good for all Kiwis. Our advocacy work influences the government to take action and improve access to information, buildings and public spaces, transport and more.  We want to fix things once and for all, for everybody.

So how do we do that?  We mainly focus on influencing central government policy,  using our understanding of issues facing people who are blind or have low vision.  That’s coupled with research to be a credible voice.

Our team also works with local government, policy developers and other disability organisations to create change.  And we have a voice on the international stage, working closely with the World Blind Union on major projects such as the Marrakesh Treaty.

There are other important organisations which carry out valuable advocacy in the blindness space too.  You might know of Blind Citizens NZ, Kapo Maori or PVI.  Retina NZ, Albinism Trust and Deafblind NZ Inc are also well-known organisations.  They all have a complementary focus to the Blind Foundation. Together, we’re a strong and compelling voice aiming to change NZ for the better.

Blind people and those with low vision, and their families and friends, are central to the success of our advocacy work.  To get involved or find out more, call 0800 24 33 33 or email us on generalenquiries@blindfoundation.org.nz